BRAC Development Institute

February 12, 2013

Gameshift, is it?

Feminism is a loaded term. Especially, since the 90s when the Third Wave Feminism fervently made its way into the intellectual discourse, feminism does not represent one unified concept. It stands for different notions, and constructs, and processes, and beliefs – which often do not really converge that well. And, they don’t need to. Listening to the talk by Devaki Jain, I was becoming more and more appreciative of the beauty of diversity, the privilege of differing.
June 26, 2012

Safety net for the poor: BRAC Bangladesh – part 1

Syed Hashemi, head of the BRAC Development Institute at BRAC University, talks about BRAC's "safety net for the poor" - the ultra poor program - on the Microsave podcast. Check out the video below.
April 3, 2012

Event: 3ie-LIDC Seminar – Reaching the Poorest: Lessons from the Graduation Model

If you're in London, come see BRAC Development Institute's Syed Hashemi and Anasuya Sangupta discuss an effective model for reaching the very poorest. The Graduation model is based on BRAC's Ultra Poor programme in Bangladesh and is being piloted and scaled up in 10 countries around the world.
February 7, 2012

Productive Safety Nets for Women in Extreme Poverty

The following was originally posted by Karishma Huda on the Graduation Program blog. The CGAP-Ford Foundation Graduation program is an initiative to adapt the methodology of BRAC's Ultra Poor program in Bangladesh in ten countries across the worl
January 3, 2012

Pathways to Secure and Sustainable Livelihoods

The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with BRAC USA and BRAC Development Institute to test a new model to move people out of extreme poverty. This project is conducted in collaboration with CGAP and Ford Foundation. Michelle Chaplin, Program Manager at BRAC USA, highlights progress and impact of the project in Ethiopia.
December 1, 2011

Asqual and Mehrat climb out of extreme poverty

The below article was originally posted by Ann Miles, Director of Microfinance at The MasterCard Foundation, and Susan Davis, President & CEO of BRAC USA on the CGAP-Ford Graduation Program blog. Earlier this month, Ann and Susan visited one of the Graduation Program pilot projects in Ethiopia.
November 30, 2011

Graduating the poor out of poverty in Ethiopia

The below article was originally posted by Sandeep Kaur, a Communications Officer at BRAC Development Institute (BDI) on the CGAP-Ford Graduation Program blog.
October 27, 2011

Trickle Up uses BRAC Development Institute’s “life histories” research to enhance its program for the ultra poor

The following was originally posted on the CGAP Graduation blog by Janet Heisey, Director of the Asia Program at Trickle Up. The research paper "And Who Listens to the Poor? Shocks, Stresses and Safety Nets in India and Pakistan" by Karishma Huda, Sandeep Kaur and Nicolina Lamhauge, offers an interesting framework for qualitative evaluation of livelihood programs, such as those we implement at Trickle Up. It posed and answered some interesting questions: what keeps extremely poor people trapped in cycles of deprivation? Does the Graduation Program address these constraints? How can programs allocate resources to ensure that the maximum number of participants succeed?