March 8, 2015

In school, but not learning

According to UNESCO, South Asia is home to 335 million adolescents between the ages of 10-19 years, but only 51 per cent attend secondary school. Schooling is important for realising the full potential of learning in adolescence. However, simply increasing the number of students enrolled at school may not be enough in countries where teachers are poorly trained or not even present to teach in the classroom. Inadequate school quality combined with household poverty may limit the potential gains from schooling.
February 4, 2013

No easy button for data-driven decision-making

Gathering and organizing data is one thing; using data effectively is another. Thanks to new technology, as Bill Gates writes in his 2013 annual letter, people can gather and organize data with more speed and accuracy than ever before. That's great news, particularly for the social sector around the world, which badly needs more and better feedback loops to improve its performance. But gathering and organizing data is just one half of the loop. The other half--actually using data to inform program design and decision-making--can be a generational challenge to infuse into the culture of an organization.
August 17, 2012

Change is everywhere: rural perspectives on urbanization

“I want both my daughter and son to get a job as soon as they’re done with their studies…it may be in Rangpur, it may be in Dhaka…it doesn’t matter….but they must get a job.”
July 24, 2012

Time to address maternal depression: A crucial concern for public health practitioners.

Having a child can be one happiest event in a woman's life. While life with a new baby can be enthralling and worthwhile, it can also be difficult and stressful at times. A woman goes though many physical, social and emotional changes when she is expecting, and after she gives birth
May 23, 2012

Managing change in the Bangladesh water sector: experiences and challenges

Change is inevitable; rather it is a much needed process for the benefit and progress of any organization. With such intentions of change Dr. Jaap M. De Heer, VU University Amsterdam, presented his study on the various aspects of an organization which, when integrated together, initiate a wholesome change process.
April 19, 2012

Seminar on promoting education for adolescent girls

BRAC hosted a seminar on April 16, 2012, presented by our Research and Evaluation Division (RED) on: The role of incentives and institutions in promoting education for adolescent girls: Insights from research and practice. Director of Gender Justice & Diversity Ms. Sheepa Hafiza and Prof.
January 25, 2012

BRAC ranked #4 in the TOP 100 NGO list by Global Journal

This month's issue of The Global Journal ranked BRAC as #4 in its list of top 100 NGOs in the world. Here's what they had to say about us