September 14, 2012

In the City of Lights, a ray of hope for the ultra-poor

A recent global meeting in Paris acted as the first occasion for sharing the first tranche of substantive results from 10 pilot programs implemented across 8 countries around the world based on BRAC’s flagship program for reaching the ultra poor – Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor, otherwise shortened to CFPR:TUP.
September 2, 2012

Close encounter of the BRAC kind – II

Some of you may have read the first of these two back-to-back posts recounting my first field visit since taking up what must be officially the world’s most cumbersome job title – Knowledge Management & Strategic Communications Specialist – at BRAC. People have been asking for my card over the past month, as you do.
July 3, 2012

The story of the flood, its people and BRAC- BRAC’s programmes reaches out to the flood affected regions in Bangladesh

The pervasive torrential rains in the Bandarban, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Chittagong, & Feni district of Bangladesh have left a significant number of people homeless and distressed in the past one week. Roads and railways communication network are left in devastating conditions which has made any kind of aid or assistance impossible to reach. Under such circumstances, BRAC’s Disaster, Management and Climate Change (DMCC) programme has geared up to challenge the extremes and reach out to those in dire need.
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.
June 4, 2012

Education – the most critical element to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty

This post was written by Francisco M. Varela, Undersecretary, Department of Education, Republic of the Philippines, after his visit to Bangladesh for the launching of BRAC's education programme in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
May 22, 2012

Can entrepreneurship programmes transform the lives of the poor?

The following article was originally posted by Anik Ashraf on the International Growth Centre (ICG) website. The video was created by ICG based on recent research initiative lead by Robin Burgess to assess the success of BRAC's Ultra Poor programme in Bangladesh.
April 18, 2012

The ‘Poster Boy’ of Microfinance

Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, founder of Bandhan, has been considered the “poster boy” of the microfinance industry in India. Many people may be unaware that Gosh actually spent most of his time in Bangladesh.
April 4, 2012

What it Will Take to ‘Graduate’ 1.2 Billion People Out of Extreme Poverty

A new report from the World Bank brings welcome news on the global poverty front.Despite the worldwide recession of the late 2000s, the total number of people living in extreme poverty has actually gone down in recent years -- so much, in fact, that we've reached the first of the UN's eight Millennium Development Goals five years ahead of schedule, a startling achievement.
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
December 29, 2011

The Year in Microfinance

Critics of microfinance have knocked down an army of straw men in recent years, and 2011 was no different. But it’s high time for microfinance practitioners to stop being defensive. We know enough about the perils and potentials of poverty-focused microfinance to address the real needs of the poor.
June 17, 2011

A Tough Graduation: Graduating Out of Poverty, III

This post, originally posted on the Jolkona website, is a reflection of Saman Nizami’s experiences and observations during her internship for BRAC’s “Targeting the Ultra-Poor” program in Bangladesh. This is the last in a series of posts from Saman Nizami about her experiences and observations while interning for BRAC’s “Targeting the Ultra-Poor” program in Bangladesh. You can read her previous posts in the series, A Tough Graduation, part I and part II.