October 15, 2018

Clean hands to save lives: Innovations from South Asia

We are celebrating Global Handwashing Day today with 12 amazing ideas that made it to the finale of WASH Innovation Challenge, organised by BRAC and UNICEF.
December 18, 2017

A crisis within a crisis: Tackling a diphtheria outbreak in the Rohingya makeshift settlements

A diphtheria outbreak in the Rohingya makeshift settlements has killed 20 people as of December 17, 2017. With 1,500 suspected cases, the number is growing. The 656,000 Rohingya people who sleep every night without electricity, dream in the colours of recent trauma and wake up to uncertainty, cannot afford to be hurt further.
November 18, 2016

World Toilet Day: Celebrating achievements and preparing for the journey ahead

Last year WHO and UNICEF’s Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation reported that Bangladesh had made significant progress in reducing the proportion of people practising open defecation –to just 1 per cent, down from 34 per cent in 1990.
October 26, 2014

Letting girls grow up to be who they want to be

According to UNICEF, Bangladesh ranks second in terms of under 18 marriages in the world. Child marriage has become a crisis due to its pervasiveness. The problem seems to be more acute in rural areas (71 per cent) compared to urban areas (51 per cent). Illiterate women are more vulnerable than those who completed a secondary or higher secondary education. Those employed are also less likely to fall victim than woman without a job. Thus child marriage can impact the achievement of almost every single millennium development goal. It even has a direct impact on GDP, as child marriage forces girls to drop out of school and lose any opportunity to contribute to the national economy.
February 20, 2013

Real world social networks: Powering the girl effect

"People are poor because they are powerless," says BRAC Founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. But power isn't necessarily a zero-sum game. It takes work, but you can create it, because power comes from relationships and you can give people a safe space (or as some say a platform) to create and strengthen real world social networks they might not otherwise have time or space to build.
June 27, 2011

In Commemoration of the Day of the African Child, the Honorable State Minister of Karamoja Visits BRAC Uganda Programs

The below post was written with contributions from Dr. Nicola Banks. Dr Banks works with BRAC's Research and Evaluation Unit in Uganda. She previously worked for BRAC Research and Evaluation Division in Bangladesh, before completing her PhD in Development Policy and Management with The Brooks World Poverty Institute, The University of Manchester. She remains an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute.
May 31, 2011

BRAC Uganda partners with Ureport

BRAC Uganda Communications and Knowledge Manager, Umbareen Kuddus, recently received exciting news about BRAC's new partnership with Ureport, an SMS forum initiated by UNICEF.
February 22, 2011

Girls got game in cricket-crazy Bangladesh

Below is an article published on CNN by Sara Sidner about BRAC girls' cricket team Chittagong, Bangladesh (CNN) -- In a dusty, unkempt field in the middle of Bangladesh's second-largest city, crowds of men and boys gather to watch their favorite sport.
January 17, 2011

Building a Knowledge Community in Africa

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.