Staff blog

November 20, 2013

The emotional weapon facing Bangladeshi children

Universal discussions on violence often centre on physical abuse and physical torture, but the definition of violence has also expanded to include emotional abuse, which can lead to long-term cognitive disorders. In Bangladesh, reprimanding children – from toddlers to young adults – by beating them has long been socially acceptable. Though it is not abnormal to hear stories of guardians or teachers still beating their wards, there has been a significant decline in the number of people doing so.
October 9, 2013

Bringing justice into the global development agenda

To help make the case for including justice and the rule of law as a goal in the post-2015 global development agenda, I was in New York from 24 to 28 September to participate in a number of events. Of these, there were three major events which bear a special mention.
September 24, 2013

Mobilise who? An opening thought for CGI 2013

The theme for this year's Clinton Global Initiative is "Mobilizing for Impact," focusing on mobilising the right entities, allowing them to reach their full potential for lasting and scalable success.
September 12, 2013

Boroitoli: A strange picture of sanitation

I would like to share the peculiar sanitation situation in Boroitoli, a hilly village in an extremely hard-to-reach area of Fatikchari sub-district of Chittagong, Bangladesh. We visited this village earlier this year to observe the existing conditions of water, sanitation and hygiene.
September 1, 2013

Frugal map making: experiences from Korail

Many mapping initiatives are ramping up in the developing world, but in urban megacities like Dhaka, the slums remain largely uncharted--even by mapping giants like Google.
August 6, 2013

Let’s voice our support for legal empowerment, including property rights

There’s rising momentum in the world today for legal empowerment of the poor. There’s growing recognition that the law need to work for everyone, rich and poor, and that without full legal rights, including access to legal services, a legal identity and property rights, billions will be denied the opportunities they need to lift themselves out of poverty and end systems of discrimination and exploitation.
July 30, 2013

Innovation ecosystem in South Asia: A new interactive map

We live in an innovation obsessed world. Organisations across sectors have made innovating an explicit priority. Many are devising deliberate strategies to foster innovation. In 2012, BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, developed the Social Innovation Lab for this purpose. We step out from the researcher’s cubicle and explore innovations happening on the frontlines.
July 30, 2013

Why do we do good?

There's never been so many ways for so many people to come together and do some good. But why do we do good and how can we be sure the changes we seek are meaningful and lasting?
July 28, 2013

Getting hygiene messages with your tea

This article was posted on irc.nl by Ingeborg Krukkert, programme officer sanitation and hygiene for the Asia Regional Programme at IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and working with BRAC WASH on hygiene promotion.
June 21, 2013

The transformative potential of the poor

Progress can go beyond "inclusive growth." The poor themselves can be relied upon to help make the world a better place for us all.
May 27, 2013

Overcoming gender inequality through water, sanitation and hygiene

During my 12 years of work experience in the water and sanitation sector, it has been evident that gender inequality and poverty exclude large numbers of people from enjoying the benefits of water supply and sanitation facilities and processes aimed at their improvement. There is a traditional concept that mainstreaming gender in water is a matter of women, and only women speak about the issue, whereas the policy makers are mostly men.
May 22, 2013

The world’s biggest family

One of the newest additions to BRAC's family worldwide tells her story of discovering what BRAC really is. Originally published at The Huffington Post.