Staff blog

May 3, 2013

To train, or not to train

Variously called targeting the ultra-poor, just TUP, or more famously the graduation program (which we're not always sure is the right title), BRAC's work with the ultra-poor is officially titled Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction - Targeting the  Ultra Poor (CFPR-TUP). A mouthful yes, but not nearly as many mouthfuls as there have been recently about the effectiveness -- or lack thereof -- of a core component in the program: livelihoods training.
March 23, 2013

Bangladeshi women catch up on sanitation

This is the very first blog in my life. Since many younger colleagues are blogging away, I have been inspired to give it a try. The subject I'd like to bring up is gender mainstreaming in the setup of the Qualitative Information System used for monitoring.  
September 10, 2012

Lessons Learned from the Facebook Innovation Competition Winner

This spring, Daniel Ng was the winner of BRAC’s first Facebook Innovation Contest.  He visited us in August to work with the Social Innovation Lab on advancing his idea.  His reflections are below.  You can watch his submission video and final presentation on the BRAC youtube channel.
August 1, 2012

An Impromptu Visit to a BRAC School

This was a blog post written by Carmen Lundell, Intern, BRAC Communications. The opinion reflected here is her own and is not that of BRAC. Last weekend, a few interns and myself traveled to Srimangal for recreational purposes. We hoped to escape the busy Dhaka life and spend a weekend relaxing in solitude.
April 2, 2012

Community health, brought to you by the women of Uganda

Somehow I managed to get from Rwanda to Zambia over the last week by a combination of boda, matatu, feet, bus, hitchhiking, and ferry, which is a subject for another entry - but now I finally have time to write a bit about how I spent most of my three weeks in Uganda.
December 5, 2011

Malaria Dreams: Tales from a Kiva Fellow

As my Kiva fellowship winds down, I reflect on the memorable journey I’ve been privileged to experience through the Kiva Fellows Program as a member of its 16thclass. Through personal revelations and humbling lessons in adaptation, microfinance work, cultural differences (and a unique incidence of malaria), I’ve grown attached to beautiful Sierra Leone.
November 27, 2011

Field Trip to Noakhali: learning more about the lives of char settlers

Last week, I was part of an interdisciplinary team that traveled to Noakhali. Our task: to understand the unique challenges facing the villagers living in Bangladesh’s chars and envision how BRAC could create an integrated program tailored to their needs.
July 25, 2011

Launch of Bkash marks a new era on financial inclusion

“Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime” is an old saying. Let me extend this old saying this evening by adding – “Give a man a mobile phone and you have changed his life.”
July 21, 2011

The Story of Miss Lalbanu

The following was originally posted by Alison Horton on America's Unofficial Ambassadors. Alison is a recipient of the AUA Mosaic Scholarship and is currently volunteering with BRAC in Bangladesh.
July 20, 2011

Popular Theater for Social Change

Utilizing a grassroots approach to development is something that BRAC does incredibly well. Given the breadth of BRAC’s reach, undertaking grassroots best practices has proven to be a cost effective way of spreading the messages BRAC desires to send its constituents worldwide. During our field trip to Rangpur, Bangladesh we were able to witness an excellent example of grassroots engagement: Popular Theater.
July 19, 2011

Letter from South Sudan

The world has just witnessed the birth of South Sudan. During this historic time, we thought we would share this letter from our colleagues Nicola Banks and Munshi Sulaiman working at BRAC, the world’s largest development organization which has been working in South Sudan for the past three years.
June 30, 2011

Cornell MBA student pursues her dream internship at Aarong

I am a first year MBA student at the Johnson School at Cornell University. This past year I was studying Sustainable Global Enterprise and social entrepreneurship and am so thrilled to be doing my internship with BRAC-Aarong this summer. Most first-year MBA students take internship positions with large banks, consumer package goods companies or other corporations. And while many of my classmates came to b-school to purse these more traditional paths, I envisioned a career where I would be able to merge my creative background with my newly honed business skills and work for a company that considered social and environmental needs in addition to the bottom line. But honestly, when I first started looking for an internship, I thought that this was a pipe dream.