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May 5, 2021
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The Circular RMG Practices in a Remote Rural Setting

Hundreds of kilometres away from Dhaka, a remote village in northern Bangladesh is silently creating a shift in RMG practices that can potentially change the face of the RMG industry.
March 31, 2021

Agents of change: Three primary schools in Bangladesh being watched by the world

As vaccinations are distributed globally and schools closed for months start planning to open, questions are being raised about what changes we need to our education system in a post-pandemic world. We have a unique chance to shape our curriculum and teaching and learning methods now for when we reopen, and climate change, diversity and gender equality are challenges that should be high on that priority list. Three schools in Bangladesh were globally recognised for their work in these areas in 2019; this blog takes a closer look at them.
March 23, 2021
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50 Years of Bangladesh: A role model in the humanitarian and development sector

In the last 50 years, Bangladesh has emerged as a role model for developing countries around the world. From incredible economic growth to vast strides in education and public health, to major contributions in culture and sports, Bangladesh has transformed into not just a leader amongst countries in the global South, but a truly global player.
March 11, 2021

How BRAC Microfinance provides mental health support to their field staff

The COVID-19 pandemic meant that a lot of work had to be done at the community level. Fahima Akter*, working as a credit officer at BRAC Microfinance, took on the challenge head on. She travelled across Bangladesh, helping families through their financial crises, and providing life-saving information. The inevitable exhaustion that the world had been experiencing throughout most of 2020 was catching up to Fahima. 
March 8, 2021

On International Women’s Day, meet one of the women behind your Aarong saree

Many women in Bangladesh woke up this morning, draped a saree and went about their day. For women living in rural areas, the saree was likely worn as an everyday item of dress, and for women living in urban areas, the saree could have been worn to a special occasion for International Women’s Day. Today, we share the story of one of the women behind those sarees.
June 7, 2020

BRAC’s lessons from Ebola for COVID-19: Opt for safe not sorry, supercharge communication, focus on clients and look for opportunities

This series is a collection of insights from BRAC practitioners who have led responses to mass-scale crises across the world. We present key factors for other practitioners; healthcare professionals, governments and development authorities to consider in preparation, management, relief and recovery.
May 20, 2020

COVID-19: The communication crisis

Communication does not work in a vacuum. When nations are scrambling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, strategies to relay safety measures have to take into account the worldview of the recipients.
April 27, 2020
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Celebrating the 84th birthday of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG (1936-2019)

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April 7, 2020

Leadership in a
pandemic

COVID-19 is creating unprecedented pressure on workplaces and economies across the world. While most organisations have a crisis plan in place, it is fair to assume that most of these plans could never get any organisation ready for what is happening now. Here are some lessons from BRAC on how our leadership is coping through the current pandemic:
April 4, 2020

Containing Covid-19: What lessons to be taken from ORT and Ebola campaigns?

The Covid-19 is still raging. Save Wuhan which is returning to normal, much of the remaining world is struggling. The epicentre is shifting - Wuhan to Europe to New York. Which is next?
March 28, 2020

Homebound – the first eight days!

My wife and I had decided to give in to the ever mounting pressure from my children and their spouses and finally stay home from 18 March 2020 – incidentally the day the first Covid-19 related death was announced for Bangladesh.
March 25, 2020

Eight tips for working from home

Working from home sounds great! No long commute to work, don't have to get dressed up, can do house chores at the same time, make your own lunch at home etc all sound very appealing.