BRAC began working in Africa in 2006 with the goal of accelerating solutions for poverty reduction and empowerment in the poorest and toughest parts of the continent. While BRAC's focus has been on implementing programmes and building solid local institutions, we also view ourselves as a knowledge organization - helping to create and disseminate lessons and knowledge that would inform Africa's development.
We at BRAC realize that creating useful knowledge and making it work for poverty alleviation is a critical challenge for Africa. Knowledge becomes useful when it contributes to solving problems. This is possible when it is contextual, internally driven and evolves through application and critique.
“BRAC has set up a global record for establishing world class development programs. They are very successful in microfinance and they are considered to be one of the most successful organisations globally,” Minister Bhumba said during her visit.
Earlier this year, BRAC Uganda entered into an exciting new partnership with Whole Planet Foundation to provide microloans to adolescent girls between the ages of 16 and 21. The youth microfinance component is part of a targeted solution developed by BRAC to empower adolescents living in poverty. With the support from Whole Planet Foundation, BRAC Uganda is projecting to reach more than 8,000 adolescent girl borrowers in 2010 and 16,000 borrowers by 2012.
Below is a post written by The MasterCard Foundation President & CEO Reeta Roy about the importance of youth entrepreneurship in Africa. The MasterCard Foundation has partnered with BRAC in Uganda to invest in adolescent girls, providing them access to safe spaces, social and livelihood skill-building resources, and microfinance so that they can be agents of change in Africa.
Mary Naluwu is a BRAC Community Health Volunteer (CHV) in Kihombooza village, near Hoima town in western Uganda. As she walked with, Hellen Birungi, a BRAC Health Project Assistant (PA), carrying out their duty in the village, they found a pregnant woman at her home with high blood pressure and referred her for medical treatment. That day Naluwu and Hellen were providing ante-natal care to pregnant women in their homes.
Below is a post from Reeta Roy, President & CEO of the MasterCard Foundation. She is currently visiting BRAC's programs in Uganda along with other members of the MasterCard team. She wrote this after visiting one of BRAC's microfinance groups.
Below is a post from Crystal Chen of The MasterCard Foundation, one of BRAC's partners. She's currently visiting BRAC's programs in Uganda along with other members of the MasterCard team. She wrote this after visiting one of the girls clubs in our Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) Program.
In 2006, The Government of Uganda launched an ambitious vision called Bonna Bagaggawale (Prosperity for All) aimed at addressing poverty in the country. The government has been very active in partnering with civil sector organisations like BRAC in helping to address its goals outlined under the Bonna Bagaggawale scheme.In the spirit of working closely with the government BRAC Uganda recently signed an MoU with the Vice-President’s office, reiterating BRAC’s role and involvement in the Bonna Bagaggawale initiatives. The scope of the MoU covers BRAC partnering the vice-president’s office in implementing various programmes and providing support to government staff. His Excellency Prof. Gilbert B. Bukenya, Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, Khondoker Ariful Islam, Country Coordinator of BRAC Uganda and Dr. David S. Muduuli, Principal Secretary to the Vice-President were present during the MoU signing ceremony.
On a recent visit to Uganda, I visited a training program run by the BRAC Uganda IT Unit for Microfinance Branch Managers. BRAC developed its own MIS system in Bangladesh known as RADAR. A very senior Microsoft company executive visited BRAC Uganda last year and reviewed its MIS system. Based on his evaluation, RADAR was deemed to be an excellent solution for the microfinance program needs.