April 3, 2012

Book Review: The Coming Prosperity, by Philip E. Auerswald

In this highly partisan political season, where economic calamity is deemed inevitable if the wrong party is elected, “The Coming Prosperity” is a refreshing new entrant on the bookshelf. It is a book at odds with political rhetoric, but squares nicely with emerging global trends.
March 22, 2012

Meet Akhi: A girl who takes water seriously

BRAC is working to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and promote safe hygiene practices across Bangladesh. Promoting safe hygienic behavior helps break the contamination cycle of unsanitary latrines, contaminated water, and water borne communicable diseases.
March 13, 2012

A Birth Story in a Bangladesh Slum

In late 2011, Philadelphia-based freelance photographer Sarah Bones, part of the collective Photographers for Hope, went to Bangladesh to photograph the urban delivery centers or “birthing huts” opened by BRAC, a global development organization active in 10 countries, in the crowded slums of the country's capital, Dhaka.
March 9, 2012

Rural women miss out on education — and decent jobs

The following is an excerpt from an article written by Pauline Rose, director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, in the World Education Blog.
February 24, 2012

Empowering Rural Women Through the International Fashion Industry

On Thursday, February 24, Richa Agarwal, BRAC USA’s project manager for Aarong, spoke on a panel at the Fashion Institute of Technology's guest lecture series, Creating Sustainable Futures: Women’s Empowerment through the International Fashion Industry.
February 22, 2012

Bangladesh: Moving Towards Universal Healthcare?

The launch of the Bangladesh Health Watch Report for 2011 was held at BRAC Centre Inn on February 20, 2012. The Hon'able Minister of Finance, Mr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith was the Chief guest along with the Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare Prof Dr. A. F. M. Ruhal Haq. Nobel Laureate Prof Amartya Sen was the Guest of honour.
December 20, 2011

40 Years of Freedom: A Reflection

16th December 2011, Bangladeshis around the world, celebrated the 40th Victory Day. Four decades earlier, the state of East Pakistan was dissolved; resulting in the birth of a new nation, Bangladesh.
December 1, 2011

BRAC’s Adolescent Clubs: Raising HIV Awareness among Youth

Despite being one of the low HIV- prevalence countries, Bangladesh still remains exceedingly vulnerable to an HIV epidemic due to overpopulation, gender inequality, and the grim state of poverty in the country.
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.
October 14, 2011

Rana, the garment worker: No longer stigmatized, TB patients open up about their experiences

On the occasion of the launch of its book Making Tuberculosis History: Community-Based Solutions for Millions, Bangladesh-based BRAC is sharing stories about those taking part in its successful approach to combating TB. The following is the third in a series; previously we featured the stories of Shanta and Shahida.
October 10, 2011

Women Like Sirleaf and Gbowee Clear Africa’s Path to Prosperity

The following was originally posted by BRAC USA President and CEO Susan Davis in the Huffington Post. I was heartened to learn Friday morning that the Nobel Committee had awarded this year's Peace Prize to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia's current president, and the bold Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, two women I admire tremendously for their pivotal role in advancing the cause of peace in Africa.
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.