June 21, 2012

A league of extraordinary women

Yesterday, in honor of BRAC's work with women all over the world, BRAC USA president and CEO Susan Davis was listed in Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women. The award focuses on BRAC's partnership with the MasterCard Foundation in Uganda.
June 14, 2012

Uganda’s girl effect goes to Turkey

Olivia Kyomuhendo, 22, walked into Entebbe airport and wanted to pinch herself. “Am I dreaming?” she asked herself.  Olivia was at the main airport in Uganda with three girls from her videography program, waiting to fly to Turkey. For Olivia and her three friends, this was their first time out of the country and anticipation was great. When the voice on the loud speaker announced that their flight had arrived, Olivia jumped up with excitement. It was finally going to happen. She was going to travel outside of Uganda.
May 10, 2012

Key assessment of BRAC Uganda’s bed net program

Malaria is the most deadly disease in Uganda. It is responsible for 25-30% of under five deaths in the country, resulting in 70,000-100,000 deaths annually. While children under five are most at risk, only 28% of them sleep under bed nets. Even fewer of these children are sleeping under nets that are properly treated (or retreated) with the necessary insecticides.
May 8, 2012

More children are in school – but are they learning?

The following was originally posted by BRAC USA President and CEO Susan Davis on the World Education blog.With the Education for All goals and the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015 on our minds, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about measurements of educational quality, rather than a simple push for increased student enrollment in developing countries.
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.
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.
January 4, 2012

Same Continent, Different Worlds

Ow de body! Are Sierra Leone and Rwanda still danger zones? What challenges do Ugandans most commonly face? Kiva Fellows from KF16 bring you another unique perspective from the diverse and vast continent of Africa! We patched together an overview of each of our placement countries that includes
November 11, 2011

“WE MUST WORK TOGETHER FOR A HEALTHY UGANDA”, said the Hon. Dr. Z. Nyira, Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture

The Ugandan Minister of State for Agriculture, Dr. Z. Nyira, inaugurated a special consultative workshop organised by BRAC on Nutrient Rich Food Crops. Highlighting the importance of close coordination between government, NGOs and private sector, Dr. Z. Nyira urged all to work together in order to establish the ultimate goal of creating a ‘Healthy Uganda’. Stressing the urgency of the matter, the minister said that the growth of 38% of Ugandan children was stunted and 16% of them were underweight. He added that this prevalence means that 2.3 million young children in Uganda today are chronically malnourished.
November 8, 2011

Climbing the Ladder of Prosperity in Uganda

The below post was originally published on The MasterCard Foundation blog by Peggy Woo, CFO of The MasterCard Foundation, after her latest trip to visit BRAC's programs in Uganda.  The MasterCard Foundation partnered with BRAC Uganda in 2008 to scale up our programs to defeat poverty to reach 4.2 million Ugandans.
October 25, 2011

Letter From Uganda: Given the Tools to Fight Poverty, Africa’s Women Tend to Win

A ripple of laughter spreads through the room during Beatrice's prayer. We're in the town of Nansana, in central Uganda, taking part in a meeting of 25 micro-borrowers, all of them local women. Somebody translates: "Dear Lord, please make us strong and successful," Beatrice said before the group, before adding: "And put women above men for a change."
September 28, 2011

BRAC Uganda wins the Gold Social Performance Management Award

With global recognition that microfinance institutions should be placing emphasis on social as well as financial goals, the Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda (AMFIU) gathered representatives from microfinance institutions across the country for the first Social Performance Management Awards on September 27, 2011.
August 30, 2011

Making & Understanding Girl connections in Rural Uganda

In June and July, Bell & Payne Consulting worked with BRAC to conduct research to understand connections between girls in rural Uganda for The Girl Effect. The Girl Effect believe that connecting girls brings value to their lives and could help unleash the “girl effect”, whereby girls living in poverty are able to become empowered, educated and healthy citizens.