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January 5, 2023

3 key insights from Frugal Innovation Forum 2022

At Frugal Innovation Forum 2022, we revisited the fundamental pillars of development with the post-pandemic world in mind. We reflected on the lessons learnt from the pandemic and together identified three key thematic focus areas in our quest to build back better.
December 22, 2022

5 key support pillars for robust digital financial inclusion of women

Nine out of every ten women in Bangladesh still don’t have access to digital financial services. What are the socio-economic barriers hindering their inclusion and how do we design solutions to bring down the barriers stopping women from making the digital transition?
December 2, 2022

Navigating through crises in a disabling world

Every seventh person alive today – more than 1 billion people in total – lives with some form of disability. Yet, people with disabilities are still overwhelmingly overlooked in times of emergency.
December 1, 2022

Purses made digital: How fintechs can better serve women

Digital financial platforms are an enabler for financial inclusion, but approximately 740 million women globally still remain outside of formal or digital financial services. How can the fintech industry better tap into its potential for greater financial inclusion, so that women have the control over their purses?
December 1, 2022

There’s more to social protection than just allowances

Social security programmes in Bangladesh date back to the 1970s, but continue to be plagued by errors, including a failure to reach those who need it the most. Today, we must look beyond cash allowances and focus on lowering dependency on such programmes.
November 16, 2022

5 lessons towards a workforce that works for women

85% of employment in Bangladesh is in the informal sector, yet training opportunities in the sector are limited. BRAC’s skills training for advancing resources (STAR) provides a platform for young people to hone their skills, build confidence and take charge of their livelihoods.
November 9, 2022

A tribute: Ela Ramesh Bhatt, the gentle revolutionary

This tribute comes with the passing of Ela Bhatt, whose work created an employment support programme in India for women who live in poverty. Ela started a trade union Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) was established in 1972, the same year as BRAC. 
November 6, 2022

How friendships build resilience to climate change

As the world increasingly faces rising disasters, crises and conflict, insights from Bangladesh share how the most vulnerable communities can build resilience, and how supporting people to form the right networks is a more powerful investment than we may realise.
September 12, 2022

Healthcare made hassle-free: Micro health insurance

One big health scare could wipe out a chunk of a family’s savings. Micro health insurance is a way to safeguard people during medical emergencies.
August 25, 2022

Five years on: Looking back at the first 12 months of the Rohingya crisis

On 25 August 2017, hundreds of thousands of people from the Rohingya community fled persecution in Myanmar, and arrived in Bangladesh. Five years on, we recount the first days of the emergency response, and how the crisis unfolded into the most pressing humanitarian crisis of it's time. This blog post was written on 24 August, 2018, one year since the influx began.
August 16, 2022

Good vs bad touch: A 20-minute conversation

Child sexual abuse is a silent epidemic, and statistics show it is only getting worse. What can we do to help our children understand the difference between a good touch and a bad touch? A good start is a 20-minute conversation.
July 14, 2022

Creating opportunities for youth in Bangladesh’s retail sector

Bangladesh’s retail sector is an important contributor to the country’s economic growth. It has significant potential to provide opportunities for career progression for young people - but only if young people can access the relevant skills training. One new project is providing just that, and seeing impressive initial results.