.Breaking news summer 2018- what would the world
uniquely miss if alumni networks of sir fazle abed brac and jack ma alibaba
had never existed?
Probably our species would lose all
chance of youth
sustainability now the UN has admitted
it has 17 goals
but no financial access -firstname.lastname@example.org
the east is lucky that girls world number community-grounded education system and tech partners is brac epicentred in bangladesh- arguably the most critically
underdeveloped section of the eurasian coast - which 20 lifetime partners have most help brac advance girls hold up half the
sky over 45 years? where could the region's belt roads most gain from brac connections? BRI.school WAIIB.com linkedin UNwomens email@example.com Norman Macrae Foundation sino-uk publishers of World Record Jobs Creators
BRAC internet - partners Japan-US-Bangla
MyBrac beta with Duke U
World Bank prioritises Ultra Poor collaboration networking
brac's home web 1 2 3 4
fan web of sir fazle abed
About BRAC Partners
Government Alliances Corporate Alliances
Implementation Partners Knowledge Partners
Partnerships for BRAC International
|British Aid plus commonwealth friends have put many billions into brac's early stage schools - the one area
that aid or conditional cash transfer is vital-wherever possible brac sustains its development networks |
| BRAC has supported livelihood development of 2% of poorest women in world- its about
poverty allevation's total total community-based training systems far beyond classrooms; although WISE edication
newtorks put brac at the beginning of all of their celebrations of what education can sustain- check with us which wise summits maximise in-network connecting with brac||Legatum / MIT coding partners sought Bangladesh out as the first place
to explore fintech leapfroging revolutions of banking for next billion - after some experiements with yunus they chose brac
to develop the mp3 world's largest cashless bank www.bkash.com; coding finance for poorest with brac also attracted
kenya's original project leader of mpesa|
http://research.brac.net/new/01 February 2015, Dhaka. BRAC's research and evaluation division launched its new website research.brac.net today. This
new initiative was taken with the aim to disseminate its research publications to a wider audience as well as to bring research
more prominently in development discussions. Integrating many features of web 2.0, the new website presents augmented user
interactivity and mobile friendliness with clear navigations. The publications can be now read online plus social media tools
have been amalgamated for easy sharing of information.
Dr Mahabub Hossain, the advisor to BRAC's executive director and present
head of RED, chaired the launching event
|BRAC was encouraged to start sharing its knowhow
in Africa with 3 types of partners leading the call- mastercard foundation particularly in uganda wanted to see brac build
the world's laresgt network of adolesecent jobs clubs for girls || Gates Foundation wanted to see if brac's
agricultural value chains knowhow cpould be brouigh to tanzania at the same time as extending the end poverty integrity of
mpesa there|| Soros wanted to see BRAC help some of the ost desperate nations including liberia and south sudan
where last mile health and safety serviices needed to com first|| BRAC has co-led rice science to end poverty
since the 1970s - earliest partners included China and nippon Japan - these days the IRRI contries networ of rice science
is a partnering epicentre|| BRAC first became famous for its capability as a nation wide educator with oral rehydration
- a committment sir fazle made to celebrate the year of child 1979 - over next decade UNICEFS James Grant became a lead partner
of brac - tiday the schoolof [public health at brac university is named after James Grant and counts leading partners such
as Mailman school of health columbia university...........|| partnerships with autralian aid and partners- strategic
development|| the global fund - working on last mile services for tb, aids etc|| iccbr.b expertise
in cholera and other ifant dsiseases including malnutition - a core content partners of jame grant schoolof public health||unilever
to chech water purificato and wash program includin toilet soap |
imf/world bank - not obvious if currently
|BRAC and of education above all and un academic impact hub to ensure learning
for refugees || || brac and jica|| || || |
Driving Development: A Story of BRAC's Evolution and Effectiveness
Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)
Published: First edition, 2016 No. of Pages: 356 Weight (kg): 1
UPL Showroom Price: 750.00 BDT
Bangladesh can duly boast of the status of “Development Puzzle”.
The country sustained economic growth averaging 6.7 percent per annum over the last decade; also displayed remarkable advancement
in social indicators such as reduction in incidence of poverty, infant and maternal mortality, fertility, food insecurity
etc. In driving such socio-economic development in Bangladesh over the last forty years or so, BRAC has played a pivotal role
in supporting government initiatives as well as pursuing programmes of its own domain. BRAC is now about 45 years old and
this watershed moment provided an opportunity to reflect on the last four decades or so. More importantly, the aim is to look
ahead for the challenges that would be confronted by BRAC. In the backdrop of these factors, this book inscribes the evolution
of development interventions made by BRAC, including the mistakes made and the lessons learnt, in its efforts to contribute
to socio-economic advancement of the country. As usual, that should be alongside the government, the corporate sector, other
civil society organisations, and development partners.
This book is an edited volume of contributions made by
insiders of BRAC – the senior programme leaders who themselves have had their career advancement being involved in the
management of the programme, and professionals of the BRAC’s Research and Evaluation Division (RED) who were intimately
involved in studying the programmes and assessing the impacts.
1. Introduction> Mahabub Hossain> Background / Development
Challenges of Bangladesh / Vision and Mission of BRAC / BRAC’s Development Interventions: An Overview / BRAC Enterprises / BRAC International / Organisation of the Book.
2. Education: Facilitating Human Resource Development> Samir Ranjan Nath and Safiqul Islam> Introduction / Progress in the Education Sector in Bangladesh / BRAC Education Programme / Studies on BRAC Education Programme / Concluding Remarks.
3. Reaching Healthcare to Grassroots> Syed Masud Ahmed, Kaosar Afsana, Akramul Islam and Faruque
Bangladesh Health Scenario / BRAC
Health Programme (BHP) / Role
of Research in Shaping BHP / Impact
of BRAC Health Interventions / Conclusions.
Neonatal and Child Health> Hashima-E-Nasreen
and Kaosar Afsana> Introduction / BRAC
Maternal and Child Health Programme / Achievements of the Programme / Lessons Learnt / Conclusions.
5. Nutrition Interventions for Improved Child Health> Barnali Chakraborty and M Raisul Haque> Introduction / Nutrition Situation: The Bangladesh Context / Evolution of BRAC Nutrition Interventions / Research Support to Nutrition Programme / Conclusions.
6. Microfinance: Financial Inclusion for Employment Generation> Mahabub Hossain and SN Kairy> Introduction / The Microfinance Landscape in Bangladesh / BRAC Microfinance Programme / Review of Progress / Future Outlook / Impact
of Microfinance: A Review of Studies / Concluding Remarks.
7. Challenging the Frontier
of Poverty Reduction: Targeting the Ultra Poor> Mahabub Hossain, Anindita Bhattacharjee and Narayan C Das> Poverty: The Bangladesh Context / BRAC’s Targeted Poverty Reduction Programme
/ CFPR-TUP Programme’s
Achievements / Conclusions.
8. Agriculture for Food
Security> Mahabub Hossain,
M Sirajul Islam, SC Nath, MA Saleque and Mokarram Hossain> Introduction / Agricultural Growth in Bangladesh / BRAC Interventions in Agriculture / Conclusions.
9. Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Disaster Management> Nepal C Dey, Tahera Akter, Sifat E Rabbi and Babar Kabir> Introduction / The Bangladesh Situation / BRAC Development Interventions / BRAC Studies on Environmental Issues / Impact Assessment Research / Concluding Remarks.
10. Community Empowerment and Local Governance> Mohammad Rafi, Kazi Nazrul Fattah, Sharin Shahajahan Naomi and Anna Minj> Introduction / Community Empowerment Programme / Community Institution Building / Strengthening Local Governance / Reaching Information to Marginalised People / Community Radio: The Radio Pallikantha / Special Projects / Citizen Engagement for Effective Governance / Accessing Benefits of Right to Information
Act / Enhancing Social
Capital of Village Organisation Members / Studies on the Relevance and Effectiveness of the Programme / On Power Structure and Community Based Institutions / On Active Citizenry / On Strengthening Village Organisation / On Violence against Women / Concluding Remarks.
11. Human Rights and Legal Aid Services> Mohammad Rafi, Sharin Shajahan Naomi and Faustina Pereira> Introduction / Features of HRLS Programme / Community Services / Legal Service Providers / Legal Education for Raising Awareness / Legal Support Services / Alternative Dispute Resolution / Panel Lawyer / Community Mobilisation / Human Rights Implementation Committee / Legal Rights Implementation Committee / Recent Initiatives / Public Interest Litigation / Introspection of HRLS through Research / Developing Pedagogy and HRLE Curriculum / Conclusions.
12. Gender Justice and Women’s Empowerment> Sheepa Hafiza, Rumana Ali and Mohammad Rafi> Introduction / Gender Equality in Bangladesh / BRAC Interventions for Women’s Empowerment / Gender Justice and Diversity Division / Studies on Gender Issues / Conclusions.
13. Trajectory for Institutional Development> Abu Ahsan, Mohammad Rafi and Andrew Jenkins> Introduction / Early Developments: From Poverty to Power / Conscientisation’ and Mobilisation of the Oppressed
/ Successes and Challenges
in the 1980s / Institutional
14. Evolution of Development Management in BRAC> Sukhendra Kumar Sarkar> Introduction / Management of Integrated Development Projects in the 1970s
/ Scaling up for Impact:
Lessons from OTEP / Drivers
of Success of OTEP / Other
Drivers of Sustaining Efficiency and Effectiveness with Growth / Chronology of Development Interventions / BRAC International Operations.
15.Governance, Transparency, Enterprises and Financial Sustainability> SN Kairy> Introduction / Governance and Transparency in BRAC / Finance and Accounts / Financial Growth / Towards Financial Sustainability / Growth of Assets / Conclusions.
16. Reflections on Drivers of BRAC’s Success> SalehuddinAhmed> Introduction / Drivers of Success / Organisational
Culture: Scope of Improvement / Conclusion.
17.Research Driving Development> Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury and Andrew Jenkins
Rural Civil Society Member BRAC Across Bangladesh, BRAC operates more than 280,000 village organizations, 12,000 community
forums, and nearly 800 district level forums. All these groups are dedicated to supporting poor women in their goal to improve
their lives and that of their communities. Every week 8.45 million women across Bangladesh attend their BRAC meetings to receive
loans, understand their rights, and claim their entitlements. One woman describes how BRAC has enabled her to defend her own
and other women’s rights and become a leader for her community. Sultana has felt the frustrations of poverty, abandonment,
and inequity, and knows what it takes to overcome them. BRAC's social development program allowed Sultana to act on a determination
to transform herself and her community. Every day, Sultana fights battles for those who cannot fight for themselves, continually
inspired by her recollections of injustice. As a twelve year old girl, having just started fifth grade, Sultana was forced
to drop out of school to marry a man she did not know. Throughout her marriage, Sultana suffered mental and physical abuse.
One day, when Sultana was seventeen, her husband stopped coming home. "He just stopped paying my costs," Sultana
recalls, "and then he married another woman even though I was still here." Sultana was left to fend for herself
without money, education, or employment. Refusing to be a victim, Sultana approached BRAC's Human Rights and Legal Services
Program to file a lawsuit against her husband. "I was very young and I didn't understand how the process was going to
work," Sultana remembers, "but I went to them and I told them my complaints." Sultana's assertiveness was rewarded.
She won the case, and now her former husband provides her with financial support. Intent on establishing her independence,
Sultana joined a village organization and started a tailoring business with a loan from BRAC. Though her life was now stable,
she knew deep within herself that more needed to be done: "I still felt the pain from when my husband tortured me, and
I realized that there must be many other women who still feel that same pain." This realization opened an important chapter
in Sultana's life. She discovered a frightening pattern of violence and suppression affecting women throughout her community.
"I went through the village and started speaking to many women, I learned about their pain and frustration." Sultana
had fought her own battle, now she was going to start fighting for her community. Sultana helped BRAC start a Polli Shomaj,
a committee to defend the rights of the poor, in her village. With a burning desire to help the abused women of her community,
Sultana took advantage of this opportunity: "I made sure that we started the Polli Shomaj so that no other women could
be tortured like this". The Polli Shomaj proved its value to the village by exposing and solving cases of domestic violence.
“[At first] people in the village didn't understand the work that we were doing, they didn't like it that we were bringing
women out of the house,” she says. “But now people listen to us and talk to us," Sultana says, "people
search for us to speak of their problems." Another recurrent issue that Sultana fights is the lack of transparency within
the local government. Although challenging government corruption is a complicated and difficult task, Sultana uses the power
of the Polli Shomaj to mobilize groups of women to fight for their government entitlements. Sultana has also joined the district
level community group, the Union Shomaj, which connects women leaders in the same area so they have greater influence in local
politics. "They were selling away our opportunities," Sultana said. "We now have formed a group to make sure
we know about these opportunities...the chairman can ignore one voice; ten voices make the chairman listen." Sultana
is proud to pave the way for many rural Bangladeshi women who are claiming their rights for the first time. Firmly focused
on the future, Sultana is confident that her Union Shomaj has the dedication and the support that it needs to continue to
build momentum. "Alone, we don't have any weapons to fight our battle, but with BRAC we can. They are our arms,"
she says. Sultana fights for her community every day: "We can definitely win this war. We are trying everything to win
this war... We will try forever.
Shadia Khatun Community Health Volunteer
BRAC At the heart of BRAC’s health program are community health volunteers – Shasthya Shebikas. This network of
70,000 volunteers visits more than 18 million homes every month offering primary health care services. They are supervised
by a second line of health workers known as Shasthya Kormis. One health volunteer describes how she became a health volunteer
and the positive impact it has on her life and confidence levels. There was a time when Shadia was afraid every time she left
the house. "I would always cover my head and stand in the corner,” she recalled. Shadia’s life is now quite
the opposite. Since becoming a BRAC Shasthya Shebika, community health worker, Shadia says, "Things are different than
they were before. I am much more confident." Shadia’s transformation began eight years ago. Her youngest daughter
was suddenly struck blind and Shadia did not know how to take care of her. “I didn’t know where to take her. I
visited so many doctors and no one could help.” In response to this situation, and despite the fact that she had never
received an education, Shadia dedicated herself becoming a Shasthya Shebika. Today, Shadia is a highly competent health worker.
“I am always busy,” she remarked. “I visit fifteen homes every day. I find out who is pregnant, who is taking
pills, and who is getting injections. If I find someone who has been coughing for 3 weeks, I tell them to get tested for TB.
This is my work.” When Shadia first established herself as the community health volunteer, people treated her with respect
and admiration for the first time in her life. Previously known as one of the quieter members of her community, she had become
accustomed to being ignored by her neighbors. Now she is seen as one of the most important people in her village. “Everyone
in the village knows I am a Shasthya Shebika," she said. "If someone becomes sick, everyone tells them to come to
my house.” The respect Shadia receives from her peers motivates her to work harder. She does not rest until she knows
that every person has received the support they need. Shadia sees it as her duty to do all she can to take care of the community
she loves. “I want to work for these people. I’m not very beautiful, I don’t have that much money, but still
people look for me. That’s why whenever they call for me, I will always go.” Shadia is proud of how far she has
come since starting her work as a health volunteer. "Before, when a visitor would come, even if they were BRAC officers,
I would shake with nerves," she said. "Now I have become courageous; now I stand confidently.”
Community Health Worker BRAC BRAC’s award winning national health program covers a target population of 98 million people
with essential health care services, maternal, neonatal and child health initiatives, tuberculosis and malaria control, and
water, sanitation and hygiene implementation. The extensiveness of BRAC’s reach is possible through its network of 74,000
all women community health volunteers and 6,300 community health workers who make 18 million home visits every month. One
community health worker explains why she decided to join BRAC and help improve the health of Bangladesh’s rural villagers.
Four years ago, Shamima chose to give her life a new purpose. She had a supportive husband and a growing son, but she spent
all of her time in the home. She craved more responsibility and wanted an opportunity to become a leader in the community.
She also wanted to spend time helping local women and their families. Then she heard about BRAC. She was inspired by their
mission to bring healthcare to rural families and applied to become a Shasthya Kormi - a community health worker. What began
as a personal goal of empowerment and life improvement has now transformed her community and improved the health of families
throughout the region. Shamima feels highly respected whenever she walks into a village. “I love how people come running
to talk with me and ask how I am,” she shares. She meets with groups of village women everyday and helps them with their
immediate health concerns. She also makes sure to take the time to build personal relationships with the women. As she empowers
others with knowledge and selfesteem, Shamima gains their trust and friendship in return. “Everyone has accepted me
very well,” she says, “The women of the communities praise me for my work.” Shamima also visits 25 individual
households each day to provide families with primary healthcare. By teaching women to promote good health practices and delivering
services and medical supplies, she ensures the wellbeing of the entire community. “It is our practice to talk with women
so much that now whenever we talk, we become very connected,” Shamima says. “Women can share their problems with
other women so they open up to us and accept us willingly.” Without Shamima’s work, the medical options for community
members are limited. The government hospitals are often inaccessible and overcrowded, and the private clinics are too expensive.
Shamima goes straight to the patient. From within a patient’s home she monitors health, provides treatment, and contacts
BRAC clinics for more severe health concerns – especially complications in pregnancy. “People rely on BRAC because
we can take medicine to their door,” Shamima explains. “We ensure that they get services.” Shamima has changed
her own life by changing the lives of others. She is thankful for her ability to impact the community and for the purpose
that it gives her in return. “As long as I am alive,” she shares, “if I can continue with my work as a Shasthya
Kormi, I will be happy.”
Mohammed Baset Legal Aid Lawyer BRAC BRAC’s
human rights and legal services department has to date provided legal education to 3.5
million poor women in Bangladesh and operates the largest NGO legal aid service in the
world. The legal aid clinics help BRAC members as well as poor non-members of the community
resolve their conflicts through either Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) or the formal
legal system. BRAC staff lawyers take action when court procedures are required. One
such lawyer, Mohammad Baset, explains his role and success in seeking justice for vulnerable
women and children. “Guilty.” Upon hearing the judge’s ruling, Mohammad
Baset smiled with joy and relief. He had worked towards this verdict for three years and
with a single word his effort was validated. For Mohammad and his fellow lawyers at BRAC’s
Legal Aid Clinic, there is no better feeling than helping the powerless and voiceless claim
their rights. Today they had done just that, gaining justice for a seven-year old girl who was raped three years ago. Originally a trial lawyer in the criminal courts, Mohammad left his high-paying job to work for BRAC and speak for those who had no voice. “I wanted to work for people who were unable to defend themselves,” he remembers. Now he assists local poor citizens in cases of divorce, alimony, and child support. “I like arranging settlements by helping people talk to each other,” he says. In the past decade, his team has assisted in 4,238 cases
winning 9.3 million taka (USD 135,000) in alimony and financial support for poor women
who once thought they would not receive anything. “The biggest reward of my job
is seeing the huge smiles on the women’s faces when they finally receive their
due.” Mohammad says that BRAC has developed a strong reputation among communities,
lawyers, and state officials. BRAC independently evaluates all complaints it receives,
confirming that victims’ claims are valid and that their evidence is compelling.
“Judges are confident in our arguments,” and as a result,” Mohammad
notes, “We usually receive a good verdict.” In addition to domestic cases, Mohammad
is currently representing 36 victims of human rights violations, victims who would otherwise
never receive justice. He tells of two girls who were attacked by a rich villager’s son. When the parents of the girls looked to the village council for help, their claims were ridiculed and dismissed. In another case, Mohammad represented a young girl who was raped by her two cousins on the way home from a meeting with her tutor. Doctors eventually needed to remove her uterus, rendering her incapable of ever having children. Mohammad explains that the difficult nature of these cases not only creates a great emotional burden for the victims and their loved ones, but that these cases are also a financial strain on families. Cases can take three or four years to resolve, and victims are often socially stigmatized, and struggle to regain a normal life. BRAC provides comprehensive services including medical treatment, psychological rehabilitation,
financial opportunity, and social support to the victims and their families, while also dedicating
a team of researchers, trial lawyers, and community workers to ensure that the trial is handled
fairly. Mohammad is humbled by the support his team has received from the people and communities
they help. BRAC’s legal aid focuses exclusively on serving those in need and does not
take any money from their clients. Mohammad says money is not a motivating issue because
the lawyers are constantly encouraged by the tremendous local praise and encouragement
that they receive. “BRAC is highly regarded and esteemed in the community,” he
says. “We feel like we can take on anything.” The hard work of Mohammad and his team has had a tremendous impact. 78 of the 82 rape cases his district has handled have received favorable verdicts, which make him optimistic for the future. “The cases are hard,” he says, “but
we now have the confidence and the mental strength to take any case and fight for it.”
Mohammad loves his job because he knows he is making a positive impact daily, both for
individuals and for Bangladesh as a whole. “I’ve seen way too many unfair
cases, and something needs to be done about it,” Mohammad states. “We provide
a platform and a voice for the people. I want to leave Bangladesh in a better place for
my son than it was for me.”
Chameli Rema Secondary School Head Teacher BRAC In Bangladesh, only 54% of secondary school teachers are properly trained. Since 2002, BRAC has been running a secondary school teacher training program with 2,000 participating schools.
The program has trained 18,000 teachers and head teachers. The head teacher of one of
the best rural secondary schools in the country explains how BRAC has helped her improve
the quality of teaching and learning at her school. Chameli Rema has been head teacher
of Rangrapara Secondary School for twenty years. During this period, she has helped make
it the second highest ranking academic institution in the region. To maintain a high
standard, Chameli has diligently ensured an environment in which her students get the
level of education they need to develop as thinkers and leaders. By working closely with
BRAC, Chameli has ensured that teachers and students never run out of opportunities to improve themselves. To guarantee that the quality of instruction is constantly being enhanced, Chameli encourages her teachers to take advantage of
teacher training courses offered by BRAC. She demonstrates her belief in the value of
these courses by volunteering for them herself. “I was the first to receive training”
she says, “and I have completed several BRAC training courses since then.”
Following their head teacher’s example, the teachers enthusiastically attended
BRAC's training courses. They were excited about the techniques that they learned and
quickly applied them in the classroom. Having instilled an ambition of constant self-improvement
in her teachers, Chameli observed improvement in the standard of education at her school.
"After every BRAC training," she explains, "the teachers are more focused
and dedicated to educating the students." Chameli is intent on giving the students
the same opportunities at developing themselves as the teachers. She encourages students
of all ages to participate in BRAC’s leadership training programs, which have had
an impressive impact on her student body. “Before my students went to BRAC training,
I was often unsuccessful when I tried to form groups for studying or organizing cultural
events,” Chameli explains. “Now, whenever I instruct them to arrange activities
for the school, they form groups themselves and they work together.” While Chameli
has created a positive learning environment, it remains a challenge for her to open it to all students. “It is very hard for many of our students to pay the school fees, and a few are unable to pay at all." Dedicated to giving all children education opportunities, Chameli has developed alternate payment methods for families with financial issues. "The admissions fee of 300 taka (USD 7) should normally be paid in January," she said, "but I let poor families pay in six monthly installments.” Because of Chameli’s ability to overcome obstacles, she feels confident about facing
challenges in the future. “My school will continue to improve,” Chameli insists.
“I hope that in the next generation, everyone will be able to receive a proper
Robia Khatun Village Organization
At the centre of BRAC’s approach are village organizations (VOs) – each with 30-40 members. These village organizations meet weekly to distribute loans, collect repayments and savings contributions, and raise awareness on many social, legal and personal issues affecting the everyday lives of poor women. New member, Robia Khatun, describes how the microfinance and human rights education she received helped her to leave poverty behind and assist others in the community. In the last twelve months, Robia Khatun has built a vegetable garden, taught her community about legal rights, and purchased her first pair of shoes. Twelve months ago, these were distant dreams when Robia was struggling every day to provide for her nine children. Robia's participation in BRAC's programs allowed her to move beyond that past. She has taken advantage of new opportunities to turn life around for her family and to invest in a brighter future for her village. A year ago, Robia could not gain access to financial credit. “Other organizations rejected me. They told that I was too poor and that I would not be able to repay the loans,” she said. “But BRAC didn’t do
that. They gave me a loan and trained me on how to plant potatoes, chilies, and other
vegetables.” Robia took advantage of her training and invested her 6,000 taka (USD
90) loan to cultivate vegetables and sell them at the local market, and has used her
profits to dramatically raise her family's standard of living. "There were times
when I didn’t even have enough rice to cook one full meal a day," she said.
"Now that I am a part of BRAC, I can cook three meals or more a day for me and my nine
children. That is why I am happy now.” Having found happiness in providing for her family, Robia pushed to further life enhancement by graduating from BRAC’s human rights and legal education course. She gained the knowledge and confidence to fight traditional pressures such as paying dowry and marrying children at a very early age. “I can now work to stop these problems," she said, "I’ll let my sons and daughters marry when they are of proper age and I will not pay a single penny on dowries.” Robia is realizing the extent to which her education on
human rights and legal services has given her the power to help her community in the
same way in which she is helping her family. Robia is especially proud that she no longer
feels hopeless when she hears about cases of domestic violence. "Before, I would
see these problems, but I couldn’t do anything because I didn’t know about
legal rights,” she explained. “Now I know much more and I can help others
in my community.” Robia has used her human rights education and access to BRAC's
microfinance program to transform life for her family. She is now inspired to share her
knowledge and provide help to the families that still do not understand their rights and opportunities.
"I have more courage and I feel even my heart is stronger," she says.
Ma Ultra Poor Program Member BRAC Futiker spent many years isolated and in despair after she was abandoned by her family and
ignored by her community. Today, she is working her way out of extreme poverty after joining BRAC’s ground breaking
ultra poor program. This two year program provides her with free assets – such as cows and goats for livestock rearing
– free health care, business training, a small living allowance, and access to flexible small loans to expand her business.
She is one of more than 800,000 ultra poor households that will benefit from the program over the next five years. All the
women on the ultra poor program are widowed, abandoned or have husbands who are unable to work. In Futiker’s case, she
was abandoned by her husband when he became mentally ill and disappeared, her son was only ten years old but they managed
to cope together. After her son married, she was finally reduced to begging to survive. “My son and I used to stay and
eat together," she says, "but after he married he couldn’t give me food and I had to eat by begging from door
to door.” In July 2008, BRAC field staff visited her village and invited the whole community to attend their local Participatory
Rural Appraisal meeting, which is designed to map out a village and identify extremely poor households in dire need of assistance.
BRAC has developed a set of five criteria to determine whether an individual qualifies as being ultra poor. If a woman fulfills
at least three of these, she is eligible for the program. Futiker fulfilled four criteria, as her household did not have an
active male member, had no productive assets, owned less than ten decimals of land, and was dependent on begging as the only
source of income. She joined the program and was given a weekly living allowance that allowed her to stop begging and start
rebuilding her life. She also had the choice of which type of productive assets she received so she could start earning a
stable income. “It was my choice to have a cow and two goats because I expect that they will give me a lot of money,"
she said. "I will be able to eat and maybe save some money too.” To make sure that Futiker will be able to use
her assets to their full potential, BRAC provides technical assistance and training on how to successfully rear livestock.
As she says, “the BRAC man comes to my house every Tuesday and teaches me about my cow and goats”. Futiker will
be supported and advised over the next two years to make sure that she is making progress and becoming self-reliant. She has
embraced the chance to improve her life, relishing the opportunity to forge a way out of the poverty and misery she had experienced.
“I’m able to feed my goats and my cow in the morning, afternoon, and at night," she says, with a firm sense
of pride. "I bought this food."
Ahki WASH Teenager BRAC BRAC is working to improve water
supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and promote safe hygiene practices across Bangladesh. Promoting
safe hygienic behavior helps break the contamination cycle of unsanitary latrines, contaminated water, and water borne communicable
diseases. One determined BRAC teenager explains why she is so committed to helping the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program
(WASH) achieve its goals. Though only fourteen years old, Ahki is already a leader in her community. Education has helped
define Akhi’s vision for the future and instilled in her a sense of responsibility. Through involvement in BRAC programs,
Ahki gained the opportunity to improve life for herself and people in her village. She now teaches people in her community
how to live safer and healthier lives. When Ahki was five years old, her village had no school and she wondered if she would
ever receive an education. Since then, she has been able to take advantage of the opportunities BRAC has given her to become
a well-rounded, educated young person. She attended a primary school that BRAC built in her village until she was ten. After
finishing primary school, she joined BRAC's adolescent development program, where twice a week she joins other girls to study,
share stories, and learn from one another in a safe place. She is also currently attending a public secondary school where
BRAC runs a WASH program to encourage hygienic behavior. BRAC teaches students healthy habits and provides the school with
resources to encourage a healthier way of life. When Ahki first went to the school, students had to use a dirty, broken toilet,
but this changed when BRAC started the WASH program. “Because of WASH," says Ahki, "there is a new toilet
in our common room and the toilet and hand pump are kept clean.” WASH has ensured a sanitary environment at her school
and this has inspired Ahki to use her knowledge to create a lasting impact within the community. She encourages her classmates
to reduce their personal risk of contracting diseases by implementing WASH habits at home and in their daily lives. “My
parents are now much more aware of sanitation issues and I have also talked with my neighbors,” she says, speaking of
her success in spreading the message of WASH. “I explain the benefits of keeping clean.” BRAC has been a part
of Akhi’s life for more than eight years and promises to support her as she continues to pursue her dreams. She thanks
BRAC for giving her opportunities to help others and increase her knowledge and empower herself. “If I ever get the
chance to work for BRAC in the future, I will definitely do that,” she said. “It is important to make the people
of our country more aware about cleanliness.”
Sir Fazle: "The idea is to change systems of inequity."
We're indebted to our supporters for making 2016 a transformative year for people living in poverty worldwide.
For its work, BRAC was recognized by NGO Advisor as the top NGO in the world for 2017.
To celebrate the announcement, Founder and Chairperson, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, spoke with NGO Advisor
Editor-in-Chief Jean-Christophe Nothias.
"If BRAC is emblematic of anything, I would like to hope it is a
concerted, long-term effort to transform the basic conditions of one’s society," Abed said.
Read the full interview between Sir Fazle and NGO Advisor...
Tackling youth unemployment in Bangladesh
The Global Center for Youth Employment highlighted BRAC's Skills Training for Advancing Resources program (STAR)
as its featured partner this month. Shormila (pictured) is one of its many participants who benefited from a 6-month apprenticeship.
Read more about Shormila and the STAR program...
Video: Rewind 2016 with BRAC
Take a journey back through the last 12 months with BRAC's annual year-in-review video. In less than five minutes,
get the highlights of BRAC's best year yet.
Watch BRAC's 2016 year-in-review video...
Brac events include
07 February 2018 00:00
IDS Bulletin on Value Chains for Nutrition in South Asia launches on 7
February 2018 Malnutrition is everyone’s problem argues latest IDS bulletin As one in three people are affected,
and virtually every country on this planet is facing a serious public health challenge due to malnutrition, the latest IDS
Bulletin calls for actors from across sectors to work together to tackle the global epidemic. The causes for malnutrition
are multiple, ranging from food insecurity to inadequate .......
December 2017 00:00
BRAC-UBS Shishu Niketan School Project: A Baseline Study Samir Ranjan Nath, Nowreen Yasmin
and Anwar Hossain Date: 17 December 2017; Time: 09:30 am to 10:30 am; Venue: RED Conference Room (15th Floor) Research
Findings Presentation Abstract BRAC Education Programme (BEP), in collaboration with BRAC-UK, has established 15
low-cost, fee-paying schools called Shishu Niketan in 15 district towns of Bangladesh in 2017. This initiative aims to provide
quality primary education to the .......
December 2017 00:00
Strategic Transformation of BEP: An Investigation into the Process Rasel Babu, Tanjeeba
Chowdhury, Utpal Mallick and Md. Iftikhar-Ul-Karim Date: 13 December 2017; Time: 02:30 pm to 04:30 pm; Venue: RED Conference
Room (15th Floor) Research Findings Presentation Abstract BRAC has been passing through a strategic transformation.
BEP is coping with this transformation process through shifting its operational approach from philanthropic to cost recovery
and enterprise modes .......
06 December 2017 00:00
Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in Bangladesh LANSA-BRAC knowledge
sharing event on 12 December 2017 A half-day seminar on Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in Bangladesh, to be held
on 12 December 2017 from 10 am to 1:30 pm at the BRAC Inn Conference Room, Dhaka.The seminar will be hosted under the “Leveraging
Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA)” programme, an international research partnership, funded by DFID. LANSA
has been working to study how agriculture and .......
November 2017 00:00
Impact of BRAC’s Coordinated Approach in Addressing Violence against WomenSamir Ranjan
Nath, Rumana Ali, Sharin Shahjahan Naomi, Raihana Azim Upoma Date: 07 November 2017; Time: 11:30 am; Venue: RED Conference
Room (15th Floor) Research Findings Presentation AbstractViolence against Women and Children (VAWC) is a significant
obstacle to reduce poverty, and achieve gender equality that are closely associated with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
BRAC’s five-year strategic .......
24 August 2016 00:00
Assessment of the Impact of Reading Glasses on Livelihood and Quality
of Life in the Context of Rural BangladeshFarzana Sehrin and Anita Sharif ChowdhuryDate: 14 August 2016; Time: 10:00 to 11:00
am; Venue: RED Conference Room (15th Floor)Research Proposal PresentationAbstractClear vision is a precondition to remain
economically productive and at the same time enjoy a quality life. One of the vision related emerging public health problems
in Bangladesh is presbyopia, as one-fifth .......
24 August 2016 00:00
R E D S E M I N A RImpact of BRAC WASH I Programme’s Implementation
Services and Sustainability: Studies from 2007 to 2015Nepal C Dey, Tahera Akter, Ratnajit Saha and Mahmood ParvezDate: 11
August 2016; Time: 02:00 am to 03:30 pm; Venue: RED Conference Room (15th Floor)Research Findings PresentationAbstractThis
post-end line study aimed to identifying the current status of access to water in terms of quantity and quality, sanitation
and hygiene practices in WASH-I intervention .......
03 August 2016 00:00
A follow-up Survey on Smoking in Rural Areas of BangladeshFahmida Akter,
Umme Salma Mukta, Tridib Roy Choudhury and Md Mahfuzar Rahman, REDDate: 03 August 2016; Time: 10:00 to 11:00 am; Venue: RED
Conference Room (15th Floor)Research Findings PresentationAbstract Despite the significant awareness regarding the prevention
and control on smoking mediated health hazards in recent years, it still remains as a leading causes of preventable death.
BRAC Research and Evaluation Division .......
July 2016 00:00
Improving Adolescent Girls Empowerment: Theatre for Change in Practice and AwarenessM Showkat
Gani and Samir Ranjan NathDate: 21 July 2016; Time: 02:30 to 03:30 pm; Venue: RED Conference Room (15th Floor) Research
Findings Presentation AbstractStimulating Theatre for Adolescent Girls Empowerment (STAGE) is an initiative of BRAC under
its Adolescent Development Programme (ADP). This cross-sectional study aims to assess the effectiveness of STAGE intervention
in reducing some .......
15 June 2016 00:00
Socio-psychological Status of TUP BeneficiariesRumana Ali, Nahida Akter, Towhida Islam and Taznim Jahan SukhiDate:
19 June 2016; Time: 01:30 to 02:30 pm; Venue: RED Conference Room (15th Floor)Research Proposal PresentationAbstractTargeting
the Ultra Poor (TUP) is one of the mainstream development services of BRAC. The aim of TUP is to assist the ultra-poor to
improve their livelihoods and bring about positive changes in succeeding economic, social and inspiring changes. Initiated
if next wednesday we get the right order of stories, sir fazle will let me brainstoirm
connection oppiortunties of each story which need his authorisation to action
is made complicated for me by you
not all being there - thats why i have to have a story i can tell aboit you even if its not simplly the way you would
so please help me edit this emerging script -once we have
agreed a script -then eg amy
use the same partnership invitration stories to brief china-linkedin hubs ...and globayouth50000 friends likestephanie
in brooklyn can help research 1776 or anyone but rescript same one minute stories but in your own words
5th year of discussing
-worldwide evidence eg kim 80th birthday
greeting, soros and wise laureates, Norman macrae research...
5.1 Next few years see many tipping points –potentially doubling or halving brac's
goodwill annually (yuxuan can you brief amy on drawing those pictures i showed you of one expoentially down parrtner collapsing
all- if i have to draw anything for sir fazle that will be first piece of the map)
5.2 Message that only BRAC can unite world around:
Thriving girls livelihoods (starting with those born poorest) integral/essemtial to Sustainability System design
5.3 Urgent startup Projects supporting this
1 Linkin leapfrog coding club – bkash puts you at epicenbtre
of leapfrogging finance- sir girdon browns tream asking who is leapfrog of education; also youth's hackathon world is wondering
what does bangladesh as an elearning nation mean?
which rural practice apps eg health or nutrition action learning can help create most peer to peer value for youth to develop
(eg is adolesecnt health the next oral rehydration -see amy and george mail)
1b sustainability investment bank assocuation -owned 51%+ by
coders for the poorest (and final piece of brac's total bottom up financing of bangladesh -ulttra por, microfinance plus brac
bank bkash ...)
Global Girls sustainability council supporting shameran as advisers to where BRAC action learning opportunities can be celebrated
– start with chiense because 1.2 billion girl livelihoods in play up to 2030now
3 Global youth summits and opportintity webs- build biorderless job creating friendships
in which china and bangaldesh youth/girls are pivotal in every twin nation exchange
this is the difficulkt part for me to explain in one minute that lives up to your extraordinary promises
5.4 global youth partership consultanct network of amy and yuxuan -anchored in
china but linking in all pro-youyth jopbs places
integrating youth other disadvantaged places into nationwide job creation
– starting with china village (Yale Brother) and provincial poorest (Mrs Song Open Space community building soutiuons)
and other research circles trusted by Tsinghua alumni with keadership quests to nd fron froni key us supercity friends of
amy’s year of research (eg Kiehl, Camilo, Billy, Ryder projects - eg global womens youth leadership shadowing
club) and yuxuan’s additional networks – tsunghua , wise, pan Africa youth alumni, cfreative children educators
association (eg gordon dryden)
| what interests me is acumen is turning itself into its own peer to peer training centre on dynamics
relevant to end poverty models or girls projects for everyone - i do wonder if we should be recommending brac do the
actually next week in dhaka I will ask sir fazle and shameran abed to start
by piloting one brac-open-university-online curriculum: how do we peer to peer train the new finacial
literacy - which is your nations bkash, or alipay and how does app your nation needs depend on what
the second on-demand curricula could be how the world can learn from building chinas health
service with jim kim assuming that hsi occupation from next fall
or how the world can learn from way bangaldesh builds its elearning nation now that broadband
is in every school
there couild be a competituion subsectuon on this at mostofa's www.gycommunity.com in dubai or steph's UN youth entrepreneur competition or even at relevant open spaces or hackathons as they move around
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY BRAC operated a non-formal primary
education (NFPE) programme for three decades on a philanthropic mode. It was possible due to financial support of the international
development partners. Such support has started to shrink and might not be available in the near future as a result of
the improved socioeconomic development of Bangladesh. In response, BRAC has made a strategic shift in its programmatic
approach. The BRAC Education Programme (BEP) has been trying to be .......
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYIn 2014, BRAC designed a comprehensive,
evidence-based intervention model to address the problems of violence against women and children through the Violence Against
Women and Children initiative (VAWC). The VAWC model is being tested and refined in two districts: Comilla and Gazipur.
This report synthesises the results of four action research studies that BRAC commissioned to generate insights to inform
this process. BRAC selected four components of the intervention for .......
Abstract BRAC initiated Computer Aided Learning
(CAL) programme, the first ever in Bangladesh, to introduce ICT based materials in teaching-learning in 2004 Along with
digital contents of Science, English and mathematics of secondary level, this programme provided basic ICT and content delivery
training to the teachers of programme schools. A qualitative evaluation following the Realist Evaluation framework was designed
to evaluate the programme mechanism, context and outcome. Data .......
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYSince independence, the growth of
Bangladesh economy has been dominantly rural oriented where agricultural and infrastructural accomplishment have been contributing
a major section. Additionally, slowed population growth reduced dependency burden and increased resource available for the
rest of the family members, leading to improvement in quality of life. Despite such achievement, the economic development
has not been uniform all across Bangladesh. Among 491 upazilas in .......
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYBangladesh has experienced massive
urbanisation in the last few decades with a staggering growth of seven millions slum dwellers. About two million people live
in the slums of Dhaka city. Most of the slums lack basic facilities for childhood development due to inadequate social security
raised by gender violence and discrimination in family as well as community plus prevalence of domestic violence is higher
in slums along with gender discrimination and violence against .......
ABSTRACTThe BRAC MANOSHI programme established BRAC
delivery centres (BDCs) across slums in urban areas of Bangladesh with the intention to reduce unsafe delivery at home with
an affordable cost. Subsequently, 27 delivery centres were upgraded to BRAC Maternity Centres (BMCs) with added capacity of
midwifery services under supervision of MBBS doctors. These structural changes led to a reduction in referral of various delivery
cases. Thus, it is important to investigate the contribution of .......
ABSTRACT The study considered both quantitative
and qualitative method. Both treatment and comparison group considered for this study. Qualitative findings conclude that
there is a lack of integration among the treatment group. Nonetheless, there is a substantial difference between the treatment
group and the comparison group in each of the three components of Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center namely; 1) Building Bridges,
2) Leadership Training and 3) Community Services. The members of .......
ABSTRACT The objective of this study was to explore
the impact of Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) Programme initiated by Gender Justice and Diversity (GJ&D) Programme
during the period of 2007-2011. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative approaches to achieve its goals. The
data collection tools used here were survey, focus group discussion (FGD), case study and census. Here, a village with maximum
GQAL intervention in 2007- 2011 was selected for census to know the .......
ABSTRACT The Essential Health Care (EHC) programme,
one of the key development efforts of BRAC, provides an integrated package of preventive and basic curative services through
community health workers (CHWs). The programme aims to improve health and nutrition of women and under-five children in rural
Bangladesh. However, impression about regional variation and inequity in use of services from both public and private sectors
is needed to identify the gap and further intensify the .......
ABSTRACT The geographical settings and circumstances
of the chars make life both economically and socially challenging. Realising the necessity for advancing initiatives, Char
Development and Settlement Project (CDSP) was initiated in 1994, of which the fourthphase of the project is currently undergoing.
To assess the impact of the livelihood and social component offered under the integrated development activities of CDSP, we
planned to collect two rounds of data on the demography and .......
This paper aims at evaluatingthe impact of BRAC‘sprogrammesin
Uganda. The study allows usto investigates the effectiveness of BRAC‘s "microfinance plus" approach in Uganda
through detecting the impact of microfinance, agriculture, and health programmes separately as well as combined impact of
―microfinance and agriculture‖, and ―microfinance and health‖ programmes. The key outcome variables
of interest are household income, asset, and vulnerability. The study follows quasi-experimental design .......
There is hardly any argument over the necessity of
targeting the ultra-poor in development interventions. However, identifying and scaling up effective strategies to improve
livelihoods remains a challenge. A few recent pilots have found an approach that combines transfer of productive assets, and
intensive supports and supervision with a set of coordinated interventions following a time-bound exit plan successful. This
paper evaluates one such pilot, known as ‘ultra-poor graduation pilot’ .......
In September 2008, the Government of Bangladesh embarked
on the first phase of a 100-day Employment Generation Programme (EGP) for the poorest and jobless poor. This endeavour came
in response to the soaring food price. NFPCSP was requested by the Government to assist in the appraisal of the programme
through an evaluation of its first phase and the preparation for the assessment of the impact of the entire programme.
Internalized stigma among people living with HIV/AIDS
(PLHA) is prevalent in Bangladesh. A better understanding of the effects of stigma on PLHA is required to reduce this and
to minimize its harmful effects. This study employed a quantitative approach by conducting a survey with an aim to know the
prevalence of internalized stigma and to identify the factors associated with internalized stigma among a sample of 238 PLHA
(male=152 and female=86) in Bangladesh. The findings suggest that there .......
This research aims to look at household responses to
a tsunami warning that took place in south-east coastal areas of Bangladesh on 12 September 2007. The study was conducted
in both the mainland and islands of Cox’s Bazar district. We examined the impact of the warning by measuring the effectiveness
of the warning, reasons behind evacuation or failure to do so, experience of evacuating and staying in shelters, and loss
in assets. We also examined whether evacuees will trust future warnings .......
Increase in the number of inhabitants in urban
slums has become a challenge on the health system of Bangladesh for tackling maternal and under-five child morbidity
and mortality. To address this engaging issue, BRAC implemented a community based essential maternal, neonatal and
child health (MNCH)-care service package programme, called MANOSHI in 2007. The programme targeted the slums in six city corporations
of Bangladesh through the community health workers (CHWs) called BRAC Shasthya .......
AbstractIodine deficiency persists as a major health
problem in Bangladesh. Despite thepresence of a government law that prohibits sale of non-iodized salt, a large volume ofsalt
that is available in local market is ‘open’ or non-iodized salt or falsely labeled asiodized. Addressing this,
BRAC-HNPP in partnership with Global Alliance for ImprovedNutrition (GAIN), UNICEF, Government of Bangladesh, and Micronutrient
Initiatives inBangladesh (MI) initiated an intervention of delivering .......
AbstractIt is evident that the poor, especially women
and children are highly vulnerable to theimpacts of climate change because of their limited adaptive capacity. In suchcircumstances,
BRAC Disaster, Environment and Climate Change (DECC) programmehas been providing interventions (capacity building training
and/or grant) on alternativelivelihood options so that poverty stricken women affected by disaster can adapt to thechanging
environment. This study has been undertaken to understand .......
ABSTRACTBangladesh is one of the countries with high
rate of infant malnutrition and the majorcause is inappropriate breast feeding and complementary feeding practices. To improvethe
situation, both GO/NGO organizations are working intensively on the issue. Inpursuance of this, AED and BRAC became partners
in the Alive and Thrive project(A&T) for improving infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices through motivationand
counseling by BRAC’s volunteer community health workers .......
ABSTRACTPoor infant feeding practices is one of the
major causes of undernutrition and stuntingin <5 children in Bangladesh. BRAC, in partnership with AED, is implementing
Alive andThrive (A & T) programme to promote optimum infant and young child feeding (IYCF)practices in rural Bangladesh
to address this issue. The frontline health worker for thisproject is the community health worker of BRAC Shasthya Shebika
(SS) who works ona voluntary basis, but gets some monetary return .......
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYTuberculosis (TB) is a global disease,
which is responsible for 1.4 million deaths eachyear (WHO 2010). Bangladesh is the sixth highest TB-burden country in the
world. TBtreatment may be complicated when malnutrition also coexists in patients. TB hasbeen found to coexist with malnutrition
among patients at the beginning of treatment inboth developed and developing countries (Zachariah et al. 2002, Onwubalili
JK 1988,Kennedy et al. 1996, Harries et al. 1988). Nutrition .......
ABSTRACTIntroduction: In Bangladesh about two-thirds
of total food consumption is rice asmain staple food, especially for the poor, in addition to some vegetables, pulses andsmall
quantities of fish, meat, egg, etc. if and when available. The similar dietarypattern and practices were found for under-two
children in the intervention areas ofAlive and Thrive (A&T) project where mothers were counseled on appropriatecomplementary
feeding practice as a component of Infant and Young .......
Abstract:The BRAC Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
programme reached 150 upazilas (sub-districts) in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh since 2006. This study assessed
the changes in the use of tubewell water and water safety measures in the households in the 11 upazilas of Bangladesh after
BRAC WASH interventions. Data were collected from 6,600 households where 3,812 tubewells were traced in baseline (2006-7)
and 3,591 tubewells in midline (2009). Most of the households .......
The Meghna-Dhonagoda Embankment (MDE) is an example
of a flood control scheme which also regulates irrigation and drainage of the area inside it. This intervention in the natural
functioning of the environment - intended to reduce the often catastrophic impacts of flooding on mankind - itself may have
substantial impacts on the environment and humans in the short and long run. These impacts are not well understood and thus
are not fully taken into consideration at the time of inception of the .......
This report is based on the findings of the case tracking
study of 35 BRAC borrowers from Matlab RDP over a period of one year. Tracking began in July 1996, and in all cases more than
three months had elapsed before tracking began. The issues examined in this study are: background of the borrowers, use of
loan, participation of the women in the use of loan, economic return on investment, borrowing from other sources, mobility
of the borrowers or the decision making by the borrowers in their .......
ABSTRACT: Bangladesh, being a developing country, has made substantial progress
in providing food to its largepopulation base over the years, yet the country has been facing challenges from lessening gaps
between thefood intake for a person in a day and the minimum requirement for balanced nutrition from diet food.Empirical studies
have shown that dietary preference and nutrition are closely linked with each other wherediet could be seen as an integrated
concept of ecological .......
Executive summaryThe HRLS (Human Rights and Legal Aid
Services) programme of BRAC has now its 517 legal aid serving clinics countrywide, which have been serving the poor community for
first seeking of their help in the land measurement issues. Throughout the dynamic initiative of HRLS programme, a vast
network of the communities has been proactive into the human rights violations. Today, HRLS continues to support a holistic
legal aid services across the country. This initiative is targeted .......
AbstractThe end line study was initiated by the Research
and Evaluation Division of BRAC. Underlying the aim of BRAC road safety programme is to achieve zero fatal road accident;
the community centric existing knowledge was evaluated. The end line survey assessed the participants from the community
based organisations, community road safety groups, students and drivers of both motor and non-motor vehicles. The respondents
of end line survey were same as the baseline study area that had .......
Abstract Recently, road traffic accidents are
considered as the leading cause of death both in the developed and developing countries. In Bangladesh, BRAC has recently
initiated a new programme on road safety in aiming to increase road safety awareness among road users. The ultimate goal of
the programme is to achieve “zero fatal road accidents” between Syedpur- Enayetganj road of Nabiganj Upazila in
Habiganj district. The study intends to understand the current status of knowledge and .......
Executive summary This baseline study was initiated
by the Research and Evaluation Division at BRAC. Underlying the aim of BRAC road safety programme is to achieve zero
fatal road accident. To understand this dynamic of road accident with the purpose of prevent its occurrence
to satisfied level, the community centric existing knowledge was assessed in the study areas. The baseline survey
involved the participants from community members, students a drivers of both motor and non-motor .......
Executive summaryThe ‘Strengthening Local Governance’
(SLG) Project is a joint initiative undertaken by BRAC and the Hunger Project Bangladesh (THP), with the aim of strengthening
the system of local governance at the Union Parishad (UP) level. As the lowest administrative unit of Bangladesh’s highly
centralised public administrative system, UPs face a lot of challenges in terms of insufficient administrative and financial
autonomy and resources, deep rooted corruption, and the lack of .......
Executive summary BackgroundIn the last few years
the world economy has transformed radically as a result of increasing shift of production processes from developed to developing
countries. Bangladesh is no exception to this trend. Readymade garment (RMG) industry of Bangladesh is one of the major industries
that developed as a result of global shift of production where manufactures compete on price and quality. Here the factory
owners reduce the cost of production in various ways and .......
Executive summaryThe research report presents findings
from a rapid assessment that was done on specific aspects of BRAC’s Integrated Development Programme (IDP) for the haor
region. The haor region in the North-eastern part of the country consists of large bowl shaped floodplains that have unique
hydro-ecological conditions. The area is under water most of the year and is subject to flash floods and other geographical
conditions that have made it very isolated and largely excluded from .......
AbstractLiteracy status of a sample of primary education
completers from BRAC non-formal schools in 2016 and enrolled in grade six in various formal schools in the following year
were assessed. Their performance in literacy was compared with a similar group of students taken from national literacy assessment
under Education Watch 2016. A test based literacy assessment tool developed for Education Watch 2002 was used. The findings
reveal that although the BRAC school students bear a lower .......
Executive SummaryAgriculture plays a dominant role
in the growth and stability of the economy of Bangladesh and more than three quarters of the total population in rural areas
derive their livelihood from the agricultural sector.The overall objective of this study/report is to formulate development
options for interventions to promote inclusive growth by promoting faster economic growth – transformational by moving
from the present situation to one of high productivity and .......
AbstractThe 2013 collapse of a multi-storied commercial
building named Rana Plaza is a deadliest accidental structural failure and the worst garment factory accident in Bangladesh.
During the collapse many workers died and trapped and in general created great national and international outcry. Emotions
and consciences were severely stirred. Civil society, students, community-based organisations, government, non-governmental
organisations came forward with social and economic support for the .......
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY BRAC has mainstreamed nutrition
under the MNCH programme since 2010. This component aims to fulfil its objectives through several strategies that focus on
building the capacity of community health workers, establishing an effective community based integrated nutrition service
delivery, and raising awareness and empowering communities to improve infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and breastfeeding
practices. BRAC trains two types of community health workers (Shasthya .......
ABSTRACT Since its inception, BRAC Education Programme
(BEP) has been including children with disabilities in its various educational initiatives. To foster this inclusion initiative
BEP developed Children with Special Needs (CSN) unit in 2003. From 2014 this unit launched Neuro Developmental Disability
(NDD) centres for poor communities in Bangladesh in cooperation with Health, Nutrition & Population Programme (HNPP) of
BRAC. Till June 2015, four centres were established; one in a .......
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Across the world, civil
society legal empowerment programmes are making important contributions to securing access to justice and inclusive development.
From assistance navigating justice processes to independent mediation services, civil society programmes deploying community-based
paralegals provide practical avenues to seek rights and resolve disputes. Such programmes add to the range of access points
to justice, offer additional avenues to pursue government .......
SUMMARY OF THE REPORTThe main purpose of this
report is to have a thorough documentation and understanding of the profiles of the ultra poor population covered by the Urban
CFPR-TUP programme. For the purpose of comparison of the targeted ultra poor households with other households and also for
assessing spillover effects, information was also collected on non-participant households from the same community. Information
on the livelihood indicators of national urban population have been .......
Breastfeeding is the most natural and unique way of
infant feeding for the survival, healthy growth and development of a baby. Improper marketing and promotion of breast milk
substitutes (BMS) often affects a mother’s choice of breastfeeding. Moreover, in unhygienic conditions, BMS carries
a high risk of infection and can be fatal for infants. The International Code of Marketing of BMS was adopted in 1981 by the
World Health Assembly in response to the realization that poor infant feeding .......
This paper provides a brief account of the situation of poverty in Bangladesh indicating some
major steps needed for poverty reduction. The focus is on building good governance for fighting poverty. The role of NGOs
in building good governance and how this can be done has been illustrated with some cases. In this context the need to strengthen
local governance and create coalitions within the civil society for collective efforts have been discussed.
Thesis, Master Program in International Health International Maternal and Child Health Department
of Women’s and Children’s Health Uppsala University Background: Malnutrition is widespread and has been recognized
as a public health problem in Bangladesh. People living in absolute poverty are more susceptible to infection, disease and
malnutrition. Nearly one-quarter to one-third population of Bangladesh live under extreme poverty – they are called
the ultra poor. These ultra poor are .......
As the major part of the population the poor have the
rights to get real justice but such entitlements have remained largely theoretical. The legal system remains obscure and inaccessible.
It is ill equipped to deal with claims and claimants that are supported by the nominal forms of evidence required under the
law: witness, legal documents such as marriage, divorce, land registration deeds and so forth. On the other hand in rural
areas in particular implementation of the rule of law for the .......
Educational studies in Bangladesh are mostly quantitative in nature – broadly based on
survey methods. However, the cases prepared for this study employed qualitative research techniques, where an ethnographic
approach was emphasised. The case studies focused on the factors that made certain schools more successful than others. A
number of issues related to school, community, administration, teaching, attitudes and leadership, along with other associated
links came out from the research. The .......
Depending on methods used, recent estimates suggest that as much as 20 to 34% of the population
of Bangladesh live in extreme poverty. This is a significant number of people requiring immediate and special attention, if
Bangladesh is to fulfill its commitment towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) which underpins its Poverty
Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Focusing policy attention towards the extreme poor is important, because existing opportunities
may not work very well .......
Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements
in leading BRAC, including the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women
Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize
(2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership
Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak
Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbub ul Haq
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation
International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001),
InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).
is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for
Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St.
George (KCMG) by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. He
was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least
Developed Countries. In 2014, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
Sir Fazle has received many honorary degrees, including from Princeton University (2014), the University
of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007).
question from owner of yazmi's 3 billion millenials elearning satellite-
how do we map most trusted partners in sustainable world's favorite curriculum?RSVP email@example.com washington dc mobile 240 316 8157
editorial queries february 2015
1 if eg bono is leading
social movement of invest 10% of gdp in agriculture to end poverty then that only makes sense to me if you map a total agricultural
economy for the poor the way brac has for 44 years (ditto if branson and UN foundation partners are going to map 4th sector
its economically wrong not to do that with brac as main benchmark) Search for both evidence and supporters of DBanj / Bono ONE campaign that best way to end poverty is invest 10% of GDP in agriculture-eg dbanj world bank tedx;
2 I am trying to introduce
knowledge ambassador.partner role that I believe sir fazle and indeed any world leading NGO needs as opposite to just fundraising
agents - this is most urgent in relation to the 4 leaders of everything to do with invest 10% in health if kim farmer soros
3 I wish to futurise debates around
what brac mobile and women empowerment can lead: this includes bkash and elearning for brac - but also questions what is the
20 years story of advances brac has made since bangladesh became first mobile partner country of women to end poverty; also
if september in new york is really to be where world empowers millennials to chnageover to sustainability goals then this
year's f4d needs a lecture from sir fazle or a micro tedx!!!!
lesser concern is to correct dates or labels on map (some are approximate guesses on bracs exponential learning curves)
a bigger concern is to identify which partners want to claim longest and most collaborative
relations with brac and the sir fazle abed mindset as arguably number 1 out of Asia in millennial job creation and sustainability
where my quiz of most valuable content channels of 3 billions millennials elearning satellite started with the 4 partnerships
you know how to linkin for Africa : kenya womens financial inclusion, rwanda (west af) community health training, south africa
G7 with blecher/mandela extranet, and maybe ethiopia main connector of food secure value chains amplified by pop stars - maybe
the 4th of these is best mapped as wholeplanet rural economy to end poverty!
then there are particular 2015action questions that brac needs to epicentral to the future of worldwide financial systems
if BRAC knowhow is most open and cross-cultural connector of race to unite humanity around poverty is valued as most collaborative
for all milennials of #2030now
macrae brac.tv - a guide to collaboration's best for the world organisations 301 881 1655
October - sees the most curious youth summit on governance convened to date
Purpose of valuetrue millennials networks is to help peoples, especially youth, rediscover Scottish Economics (SE) 1748-1948.
SE's essential valuetrue question is: if a peoples have no health service, no education, no banking, not
enough nutrition , insuffucient clean water and energy and sanitation and safety for their - children how do they value building
those sorts of market above all esle? and then linkin other market sectors around valuetrue purposes too? We value the internet's elearning opportunities by being perpared to map and learn from anywhere and any peoples who value such intergenerational sustainability
chalenges openly and transparently. Currently the simplest first map we suggest (educators and) all of the net generation
looks at is BRAC in Bangladesh. Bangladesh was born the world's poorest new 100 million plus nation in 1971. Villagers were
the majority of the populace and their communities had none of the essential life shaping services From 1972 BRAC's Sir Fazle
Abed started linking together grassroots community solution networks.
how did villager networks around Sir Fazle build rural health service? build village education? build banking networks? build valuetrue maps of food , water and safe-for-children communities?
World Bank Group Youth Summit 2014: The Need for Open
& Responsive Governments
October 7, 2014
IFC Auditorium, Washington, DC
The World Bank Group is hosting
its second annual Youth Summit, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. This
year's event will focus on increased youth engagement in issues relating to government transparency, accountability, and collaborative
governance. The event is free of charge.
The World Record Book of Job Creation -game 1 survey your social
network for top 10-12 job creators. Rules choose people who can win-win with eact others networks because their deepest skills
or trust networks compliment each other
this context, here's a summary of our favorite learnings from BRAC so far - we'd love to hear yours -firstname.lastname@example.org www.valuetrue.com washington dc 301 881 1655
BRAC.tv world class lessons on job creation
Choice of schooling
systems is absolutely vital to development of a new nation and ending poverty. Bangladesh is uniquely fortunate
with WISE ranking BRAC number 1 job creating education system
education, health and banking are systems that impact families' lives and livelihoods out of every community. The search for
what can a once poorest 100+ million nation do about building affordable healthcare across generations is one that BRAC and
Partners in Health that both millennials and world bankers might gain from studying first
In fast changing countries the tensions between what peoples
in big cities and in rural areas most wish for their childrens future can make or break or redefine nations. The coming of
the digital world seems to have picked up the speed of change everywhere. Getting crop science transparently sustainable for
rural people is pivotal to any transparent race to alleviate poverty. Studying how brac has built crop science knowledge to
anchors whole food value chains around sustaining villagers jobs is a most joyful application. How mobile technology empowers
peoples (especially women and youth) in this regard may be the most vital leadership decision those who own satellites and
mobile networks connect to 21st C humanity.
The future of food, energy and water and waste cannot be separated socially or economically anywhere that peoples
are to grow peacefully or cross-culturally. Wherever economists or professions fail to value this they fail world citizens
and villagers. BRAC as the world's largest NGO is as diversely conscious of this sustainability crisis as anyone and searches
out partnerships towards these ends in ways that are core to how open education applications of the internet are now being
determined. This may yet define which millennials' goals wholly and truly define our generation's impact on the human race
Borderless governance? If 14-35
year olds were empowered by their own digital currency, then the way millennials interfaced with china NOW may be where humanity's
future history spins. Is this an innovation agenda on which elders and regulators of cashless banking and crypto-currencies
have patiently sought testimonies from BRAC - on girls' views if not all youth's views
brac on creating sustainable livelihoods for youth
100 links to BRAC -and more! special from The Economist's elearning news year 43 q1 -reports from start of last millennium goals year
in 40 years as a statistician exploring most humanly purposeful (and pro- next generation) organisations
and networks in the world, BRAC gets my vote as number 1, SO help wanted
please help us update or fill in 100 links every job-creating and poverty-ending millennial might enjoy knowing exist -email@example.com washington dc 301 881 1655
-related link world record book of job creators
| ||YES SCOTLAND can be
the nation worldwide youth trust most for job creating education - ever since Adam Smith picked up his pen in 1758 Scotland
has been the epicentre of pro-youth job creating maps- the trouble has been that London and more recemntly the European Union
- has so often prevented the rest of the world from celebrating them - afore ye go, why not scotland as a job creating
leader in tye bodreless world of 21st C - correspodence welcome firstname.lastname@example.org co-publisher world record book
of job creators (including games of top 10 job creation by key markets) | Norman Macrae Foundation for Collaboration invites you to
Back in 1972, two extraordinary things happened:
The Economist's pro-youth economist started questioning
everyone on the economics of sharing knowhow - stimulated by seeing how excited students were to do this in early experiments
with digital networks
BRAC was born
|share what you are best for the world at knowing how to do... rsvp email@example.com - our honor code
- if we can understand why its good for the world we will tell you if we already know someone who is sharing how to do it
and see if you want to be introduced? if its new to our maps of knowledge sharing we will add you to map or try to help in
any way that we can|
BRAC provides my favoritte system to learn from. For example, the idea of microfranchises as a model that creates
jobs, provides solutions to communities' most desperate problems, but leaves all or most of the value produced to stay
in the community. One of BRAC's first microfranchises became nearly 100000 community volunteer health networks. They first
made a living training mothers of infannts how to do oral rehydration - before the community health worked nearly 1 in 6 infants
died of diarrhea.. They then added in an array of basic medicines children and mothers need most including vitamin sachets
and malaria pills, They are the most economical health networker the pre-webbed world ever saw because they focused on low
cost mass solutions to the most basic types of illness. In the post webbed world, I cant think of a nation rich or poor who
wouldnt gain from microfrancising 21st C nurses seen not only as caring suppliers of basic helarh services but the number
1 content connector odf the 21st C.
help discover 6 most important lessons youth need to celebrate first about BRAC = youth economics world's most valuable brand
Norman Macrae Family Foundation of The Economist's Unacknowledged Ginat and partners in PlanetMooc.com
System transformation Movements
started up in 1972
Entrepreneurial Revolution dialogues hosted at The Economist searching for leaders of 2010s =worldwide youth's most productive and sustainable
from The Economist on BRAC as number 1 value multiplying network
BRAC Foundation Structure 1
Village organisation as value multiplying hub
Beyond illiteracy training
Compare with Gandhi-Einstein's story
Bottom-Up Disaster Relief
Microbanking mainly for redesigned agricultural chains
|Adolescent clubs preparing for productive lifetimes|
|Non-formal Primary schooling||Village
Village organisation as value multiplying hub
Rural gets On-grid (mobile,
solar power) BRAC helps celebrate extremely useful innovations
Gamechanger egs - 10 times more economical trajectories
Education: MOOC, student contests, total redesign of
edu age 6 to 25 round learning a living
Banking cashless: for next billion, revists who starts currency chain
everything- empowers bottom up professionals with mobile apps and by connecting when expert advice needed
goals- and peoples summits- education as core as credit
e-gov and hwo the peoples rule of law can help end poverty by Soros and Abed
Reports as avialble March 2013 from http://www.brac.net/content/partners
We rely on a vast array of partners in our mission to serve the poorest communities
around the world. It is important for us to look beyond our present role of mere service providers and invest in building
a broad-based coalition of rights-based development partners capable of fighting the policies that drive neo-liberal urbanism,
and pressing for collective bargaining rights of the poor and marginalized. By working in partnership, we improve our efficiency
and effectiveness, and increase our impact on poverty. We collaborate with government agencies and other humanitarian organizations
operating on the local, national and international level, who provide us with cash and in-kind donations, expertise, shared
resources and other forms of support. All of these programs reflect the strengths and determination of BRAC, its employees,
partners and supporters who, working hand in hand with the citizens of Bangladesh have demonstrated the power of ideas and
Partnerships for BRAC International
2011 Annual Donor Consortium Meeting
Presentation [PDF-2 MB] by Executive Director
2011 BRAC Annual Reports
Our advice to worldwide youth linked by the goals of www.wholeplanet.tv - ieto connect the most productive, sustainable and heroic time to be alive - is:
study how what you may want
to be most competent at may connect withy what BRAC led bySir Fazle Abed's family frees around the world - if you feel you don't know how to search out enough about
BRAC why not look at either http://bracnet.ning.com or http:/microeducationsummit.com or if you wish I willspend 10 minutes trying to guide you round - rsvp either by skype chrismacraedc or email firstname.lastname@example.org
but please note this I can only help you search out links that inform you most if you tell me what sorts of skills and actions
you and the people you collaborate with most want to be productive, suatinale and heroic
4 April 2012 Dhaka, The Japanese Embassy Graciously Hosts a Remembrance Event of The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant - chief guest from the net generation''s world of education is Sir Fazle Abed. Joyful Economic revolutions Norman Macrae quest for 3 billion jobs seeks more good news on from Bangladesh at 41 include - digital cash www.bkash.com and with Sainsbury family at www.ashden.org green energy and bottom to top education revolutions
do you have a perspective of what BRAC collaborates around youth and their millennium goal futures with the million times more collaboration technology this new
century is blessed with? that you would like the world to debate - sample perspectives below
As BRAC Turns 40, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Calls for Education Reform and Youth Development for
approaches to teaching must give way to modern schooling that prepares the poor for a 21st century knowledge society, says
founder of the world's largest development organization ..
sorry to say that patriarchy remains entrenched in our social and religious practices.
Bangladesh (PRWEB) March 02, 2012
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of the world’s largest development organisation, BRAC, called for innovative
solutions to address the needs of the burgeoning youth population in developing countries in an address delivered in February
celebrating the 40th anniversary of BRAC.
As dignitaries gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to celebrate BRAC’s 40th birthday, Sir Fazle, who founded the
organisation in 1972, announced a new youth strategy as BRAC scales up operations in 10 African, Asian and Caribbean countries.
He also called for doing away with “outdated approaches to teaching” in the developing world, calling most public
education systems in the developing world unsuitable for preparing students for the 21st century knowledge society.
“You will be happy to learn
that BRAC is in the process of developing a comprehensive strategy to help the vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial younger
generation of today to realize their potential, and be the agents of change within their communities,” Sir Fazle said.
The chairperson, who could not attend
the gathering for health reasons but delivered the address via a spokesperson for the organization, called for education reform
in poor countries. “Unfortunately, public education systems in most developing countries are unfit and unsuited to prepare
our youth for the 21st century knowledge society that we must aspire to,” he said.
“Outdated approaches to teaching must give way to new techniques that teach our children not to memorize texts,
but to think critically and solve problems creatively. We must give greater thought, and direct greater resources towards
early childhood development, and social and emotional learning.”
BRAC is the largest secular, private education provider in the world, with over
5 million students having graduated from its alternative primary schools, dubbed “second chance” schools targeting
those left behind by official educational systems. Sir Fazle has been hailed as an innovator in the field of education, winning
the inaugural WISE Prize for Education in Qatar, styled as a Nobel for the field of education, last year.
In his speech, BRAC’s
chairperson spoke of the “remarkable” progress of the organisation’s home country, Bangladesh, “in
almost every major indicator of human development” over the last 40 years. “Today, the progress we have made is
the envy of most of the developing nations in South Asia and beyond,” he said.
Infant mortality, for instance, has dropped from 200 per 1,000 live births to less
than 50, and maternal mortality from 800 deaths per 100,000 live births to less than 200. Fertility rates have fallen dramatically
as well: The average Bangladeshi mother now has just 2.7 children as opposed to 6.5 in 1972. Literacy rates have risen from
25 percent to over 65 percent.
“While it is true that no single organization can take credit for this amazing turnaround, we at BRAC can nevertheless
take great pride in the role that we have played in support of governmental efforts to bringing about these successes,”
says Sir Fazle. “From immunizing children to popularizing the use of oral rehydration therapy, from providing essential
healthcare through a cadre of barefoot health volunteers to providing safe places for mothers to give birth, from curing tuberculosis
to improving sanitation, BRAC’s work in public health has contributed to each of our country’s achievements in
the health sector.”
Sir Fazle, who turns 76 this year, called on BRAC to remain a “trailblazing organization” as the leadership
baton passes to a younger generation. “In these twilight years of my life, I feel a sense of comfort and satisfaction
in knowing that we have an able and competent leadership team at BRAC,” he said. “I am confident that this team
will ensure BRAC achieves even greater success and impact when I call time on providing leadership to this organization that
I have built.”
A champion of girls’ education and the empowerment of women, Sir Fazle lamented the relative lack of progress
in those areas. “Gender equality remains the greatest unfinished agenda not only of my life’s work but of our
time. Although we have worked for the last 40 years to try to ensure that all citizens can live with dignity and respect and
enjoy equal rights as human beings, I am sorry to say that patriarchy remains entrenched in our social and religious practices.”
The Hasan Family also
spelled Hassan, is an esteemed Bangladeshi family, who have contributed exceptionally
to South Asian politics and various social movements for nearly four-hundred years. The seat of
this Zamindar family is located in Baniachang, Sylhet near the town of Habiganj. The family is
one of the remaining remnants of the nobility of the Mughal Courtto exist in Bangladesh, with their ancient home still intact.According to legend,
the family is of Arab and Persian descent, supposedly from the lineage of Abu Bakr, the first Sunni Caliph and father-in-law of Prophet Muhammad. The first known Hasan was sent to Bengal by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
Obaid Ul Hasan: Grand
Vizier to the Nizam of Hyderabad
Syedul Hasan: Communist
activist, killed by Pakistani soldiers for protecting Hindu families during Bangladesh's War of Liberation
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed: Founder and Chairman of BRAC,
the world's largest NGO
Barrister Manzoor Hasan: Celebrated
lawyer and activist. Awarded Order of the British Empire for his role in combatting corruption in Bangladesh
Meheriar Munim Hasan: Executive Vice President of
US Bank Corporation. Highest ranked Bangladeshi bank executive in the Western Hemisphere.
Hasan: Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters
Association. Celebrated businesswoman of Bangladesh.
Tamara Abed: Head of Aarong, a retail enterprise
There isn't a Nobel Prize for education. But this month has seen the launch of an award that would like to have such
a similar international status.
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Prize was announced in Doha, Qatar, with the $500,000 (£310,000) award
being given to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, whose work has brought education to millions of children in impoverished families.
Sir Fazle, the first education "laureate", has worked
across decades and continents to help communities to escape the quicksand of poverty and to gain skills and self-reliance.
Created in Bangladesh in 1972, his BRAC project - formerly the
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee - is now claimed as the biggest non-governmental organisation in the world.
An estimated 10 million primary pupils have been taught in schools
set up by Brac across 10 countries, in such tough territories as South Sudan and Afghanistan.
It's a vast operation, running more schools in Bangladesh than the entire English school system, and it is claimed
to be the "largest private, secular education system in the world".
Working with the poorest, most disadvantaged rural communities, often blighted with conflict, exploitation and disease,
this is the raw edge of education, with one-room classrooms and basic skills.
First day at school in a BRAC project in Manderia village in Torid, South
after the award, Sir Fazle says that the greatest challenge for global education applies as much to the more affluent countries
as to the poorest. And that big problem, he says, is inequity, the stubborn link between family income and educational outcome.
"A child born in a poor household has less chance of going
to university than a child born in a wealthy household, in almost every society.
"So how do we remove this inequity? Every child should have the same opportunity."
BRAC works to alleviate poverty on a broad range of fronts - from micro-credit to health schemes - but he says that
education is becoming ever more important.
so important for our survival, our progress, that every country wants to put more resources into education."
This isn't simply about economic progress, as he links education
and literacy to the building of self-worth and self-help for individuals and communities. It provides the key to understanding
"the power structure and how to change it".
His own commitment to development stemmed from the life-changing experience of the cyclone that hit Bangladesh in
1970. It turned an accountant into an activist.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was awarded the inaugural WISE Prize for international
people died, and I saw the loss of many people, the corpses lying in the fields. That changed my philosophy, I found that
life was so fragile, you could die so easily. That changed my values about what kind of life I should lead," he says.
This was compounded by the "death and destruction"
he saw during the war that accompanied Bangladesh's independence.
Such experiences profoundly affected him and pushed him to view his country "from the point of view of the poor".
It made him "determined to achieve change", he says.
The award of the first WISE Prize was part of a wider event, the World Innovation Summit for Education.
This WISE summit wants to be a kind of Davos for education,
bringing together the great and the good to hear about innovation in schools and universities.
It's supported by the Qatar Foundation, which has the succinct ambition to "convert the country's current, but
temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital". This translates as investing heavily in education and becoming
a knowledge hub so that there's something of value left when the oil revenue eventually runs out.
a fast-forward project with parallels to creating the infrastructure for the World Cup. There is a 1,000 hectare Education City being developed, attracting university partners from the United States, France and the UK.
But big international promises, played out under the photographs
and rhetoric of summits, can also turn out to be hollow.
Gordon Brown issued a call for a "global education fund" at the
summit in Qatar
Brown, former UK prime minister and one of the speakers at the WISE event, delivered a blunt recognition that some of the
Millennium Development Goals for 2015 were going to be missed.
"We know it is now impossible, I'm afraid, to achieve the Millennium Development Goal that would cut infant
mortality by half - we are too far away."
There were other goals, signed by leading countries,
that were going to be missed, he said.
called on governments, charities and philanthropists to mobilise to achieve the goal of universal primary education by 2015
- and proposed a "global fund for education".
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales was among the WISE speakers and Mr Brown called on technology companies, such as Microsoft,
Apple, Google and Facebook to play a part in bringing education to the "poorest part of the poorest country".
"We can reinforce in people's minds that when the world
makes a promise, it is not a promise that is casually set aside and betrayed for millions of children of future generations,
but a promise that we do everything in our power to keep," Mr Brown told the audience in Qatar.
He said that governments had to be held to their funding promises - and "where countries fall behind, we should
be telling them that this is not acceptable".
There's a long way to go as one sobering
statistic from BRAC makes clear. In 2011, when international conferences in the Gulf can be broadbanded round the world in
seconds, it's still more likely that a girl in South Sudan will die in childbirth than finish primary school.
Tune in to ABC Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 pm (EST) for a "20/20" special with Diane Sawyer featuring BRAC –
and Rina, a new mother who lives in a slum in Bangladesh.
Bearing a child should be the happiest day of a woman life
– but too often, for reasons that are entirely preventable, it ends in the death of the mother, the child, or both.
BRAC has figured out a low-cost yet ingenious solution for reducing pregnancy risk, reaching 24.5 million people in the process.
That's the population of the state of Texas.
In “Making Life: A Risky Proposition,” an hour-long report
on challenges faced by mothers in developing countries, ABC News travels to the slums of Dhaka, seeing our work in action
– including a visit to a BRAC birthing hut to welcome the new arrival of Rina's healthy baby boy. The report is part
of ABC News's Million Moms Challenge.
Show your support today by "liking" the Million Moms Challenge on Facebook. If they reach 100,000 likes by noon today, Johnson & Johnson will donate $100,000 to the cause – so please like
and share with your Facebook friends!
We’re making a real difference, and we believe we can multiply our
efforts by spreading the BRAC approach worldwide. So tune into ABC on Friday and help us spread the good news!
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For those who want to sustain future generations, friends in DC, I (+93 congressmen) would recommend an adventure
learning tour to 3 destinations. Fortunately, two of these are within walking distance of each other (Third is a hemisphere
away in Africa,
but they know each other well and thanks to death of distance
are microeconomics map around your
entrepreneurial and open source world
as the most productive and collaborative triad ). For the sake of transparency, YES I feel I have some friends in one of these places,
but this is a web about the place I haven't yet visited. Ian Smilie's new book starts its guided tour like this . Chris
DC Bureau of microcredit.tv
301 881 1655, chris.macrae AT yahoo.co.uk
suggestions for editing bracase welcome - email@example.com
This is a friends web -official
webs of BRAC are http://www.brac.net/ http://www.bracuniversity.net/ http://www.bracbank.com/ http://www.bracusa.org/ http://www.youtube.com/user/bracusa1
I have spent 30 years surveying how purposefully organisations sustain their workers missions. BRAC and Grameen
are off the scale compared with any large organisation I have researched - and I have surveyed more that half of the world's
most famous global 100 brands.
Muhammad Yunus & Grameen Bank
|Fazle Hasan Abed|
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Fazle Hasan Abed is the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC,
one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world with over 100,000 staff members and an annual budget of $430
million. BRAC’s micro-finance program has 6.37 million borrowers and has cumulatively disbursed more than $4 billion.
More than a million children are enrolled in BRAC schools and more than 3.67 million have graduated. BRAC’s health program
reaches more than 100 million people. BRAC has, in recent years, taken its range of development interventions to Afghanistan,
Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan. Abed has been recognized through a number of awards, including UNICEF’s
Maurice Pate Award, the Olof Palme Prize, Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award, the Gates Award for Global
Health, UNDP’s Mahbub-ul-Haq Award, and the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership.
anyone has ideas how we can do something similar for BRAC, I'd love to hear of them
The Worldwide Importance of BRAC & GRAMEEN
|.The entrepreneurial leaders and co-wrkers of BRAC and Grameen have demonstrated that poverty is not the fault of people , women and children but a failed system. It is inhuman for
a child to be born into a place where it has 20% chance of dying before the age of 5 due to villages not having
local nurses. BRAC's first solution in the 1970s was oral rehydration - a service that village nurses needed to provide when
babies had diarrhea. Its inhuman for children to have no access to primary education - BRAC's second main service requiring
a teacher in every rural area. Grameen completed this hi-trust local triangle by providing a banker in every community
empowering women with credit and peer to peer support to start small entrepreneurial businesses||Until the internet's technology, the world's people and their productive lifetimes had been more
separated by the geography of where they lived than interconnected. My father, one of the West's leading microeconomists clarified
in 1984 how one generation (1984-2024) would become worldwide connected for the first time. This is the greatest system change
ever to hit one generation of the human race. System change can always spiral one of two extremely opposite compound consequences
not something in between. It was clear in 1984 that if the 21st Century is to be the best of times for all peoples on this
planet then we must share life-critical knowhow in non-zero sum ways, end poverty by bridging digital divides. The millennial
goals provide a pretty clear map of what ending extreme poverty simultaneously around the world entails||.In July 07 within weeks of becoming UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown give a very
clear storyline "people power" of what our institutions have not yet started to transform towards if millennial
goals are to be met and local communities are to have an equitable opportunity of being integrated into globalisation. He
updated this a little over a year later at Clinton Global Initiative - at a time where fellow keynote speakers -Obama
and Mccain - both deplored the excesses of global top-down systems such as wall Street's failed banks - and pledged they
would commit America to returning to millennial goals. Ironically, there's a lot every nation can learn from ensuring that
communities have banks investing in local people's ability to generate jobs. We are at a stage in human history where the
kinds of jobs of the future are changing just as fast as when the industrial revolution emerged. But this time it is pure
manufacturing jobs that are disappearing. Brown was correct in visioning an age where government should not promise anyone
that their old jobs are safe but should be promising people structures in which everyone has access to developing new jobs.
In the midst of this families and children in any civilized place need the same rights that BRAC and Grameen have pioneered
:n channeling local medical support, local teachers, local bankers, connection to the worldwide, collaboration spaces in which
people peer to peer learn vocational skills. |
In this tv interview, Clinton explains how the micro sustainability investment networks that have emerged in Bangladesh
primarily because of the leadership examples and micro-entrepreneurial facilitation structured designed by Grameen and
BRAC provide a benchmark for developing nations in our internetworked local to global economy. They have transparently distributed
what top-down government and mass media could not equitably empower. For 30 years now, Grameen and BRAC have
modeled themselves round social busienss constitutions. These are the opposite how the traditional charity dollar
is spent and then needs to fundraise all over again. The social busienss dollar endlessly recycles its investment in an organization’s
service purpose. It does this by insisting people entrepreneurially attend to a positive cashflow but reinvest that back inside
the community. The safest way to ensure that owners have no conflict with such continuous reinvestment in development is to
constitute the organization as owned by the poorest in the community. While Grameen's origin has been to focus on areas where
people could serve each other whilst generating income, the origin of BRAC was, in effect, micro-privatization - doing a better
job for the poorest communities with public funds than a bureaucratic or corrupt government. BRAC's Fazel Abed has probably
innovated more reliable service franchises around vital needs than anyone alive today. Whereas Grameen's leadership team around
Muhammad Yunus has serially introduced the most extraordinary entrepreneurial revolutions. Each of microcredit , micromobile
and micro-energy involved planting a long-term investment exponential but one that literally took rural economies to
a higher future level - a pathway not just to ending poverty but leaping sufficiently far ahead that even cyclical natural
disasters would not push the next generation back under the poverty line
There is an opportunity for egovernment to make this openness and representation of cultures that unite
round the golden rule of all major religions. Do unto others what you would wish done unto you.
Today national strategic dialogues co-chaired
by leaders like Abed and Yunus make fascinating reading. In effect, Bangladesh has become the country par excellence in developing sustainable community
franchises that end poverty and its boundary environmental challenges. It is evident that its fast growing neighbours India and China will need
these services just as much as Bangladesh. The world in effect is finding that Bangladesh is the number 1 exporter of solutions that accelerate accomplishment of millennial
goals everywhere as well as developing the sorts of entrepreneurial and job-creating education that all future children need.
Educators have spotted that the schooling system the west built has its design origins in western empire's ancient industrial
needs, when it was assumed that a few per cent would be promoted to a command and control top, and schools would sift out
the vast majority as not talented enough to have their competences invested in. This is the ultimate challenge that the whole
world needs change if we are to honor every child's potential from the day she or he is born. If we fully understand the benchmarks
that BRAC and Grameen offer us by partnering grassroots networks such as theirs in Future Capitalism, then today's adult generation
may yet hand on the best of times to all our future chldrens. Ultimately children are the deepest sustainability investment
and a very micro one. Not the sort of flow that macro institutions like Wall Street banks ever got close to appreciating.
We need new economic maps. Ones that worldwide networkers can collaboratively search out if mass media puts on reality
program in which youth the world over wants to be "The Apprentice" of community entrepreneurs like Abed
and Yunus and the 100000 Bangladeshi's+ they have inspired to be community facilitators of microentrepreneurship.
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headline stats from new book on brac
- BRAC is the biggest
non-governmental, nonprofit organization in the world – in terms of its budget, its staff and the number of people it
reaches. BRAC is the biggest international NGO in Afghanistan, working very effectively in some of the most difficult areas.
BRAC has broad-based development programs in East Africa and in countries recovering from war: Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- BRAC provides more than $1 billion a year in micro loans to poor people; the repayment rate is more
- BRAC pioneered a program for diagnosing and treating tuberculosis that is now used worldwide.
BRAC treats almost 100,000 TB patients a year and has a 92% cure rate.
- BRAC operates more primary
schools in Bangladesh than all the nursery, primary and secondary schools in England combined.
dairy processes more than 70,000 liters of milk a day. The milk is produced entirely by villagers in every district of Bangladesh,
none owning more than one or two cows.
- Students from across the world attend the BRAC University;
thousands of villagers use its libraries and its on-line computer centers. The BRAC Bank has become one of the largest and
most trusted in Bangladesh in only eight years of operation, and its lending concentrates almost entirely on small enterprise
development, one notch up from microfinance.
Help us with worldwide brand seeding
of 5000 youth goodwill ambassador
network uniting bangladesh and worldwide mapmakers of microeconomics, social business entrepreneur networking and future
capitalism's sustainability investments -next project meeting all day+1 birthday party with dr yunus , dhaka, 29 June 2009
- help us track the best for the world news that brac and grameen
are helping peoples celebrate-
spring 09.1 IDCOL to Produce Solar Panels in Bangladesh Energy Bangla
- Apr 24, 2009
The IDCOL CEO said the programme is being implemented through 15 partner organisations (POs)
-- Grameen Shakti, BRAC Foundation, Srizony Bangladesh, ...
|.2009 open planning||BRAC headlines of 2009 include-Fazle Abed attended CGI planning meet: people included William Jefferson Clinton,
42nd President of the United States and Founding Chairman of Clinton Global Initiative, Justin Yifu Lin, Senior Vice President
and Chief Economist of the World Bank, Margaret McKenna, President of The Wal-Mart Foundation, Dr. James Mwangi, Managing
Director and Chief Executive of Officer of Equity Bank Limited, Pamela Passman, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Corporation|
===================planning how 5000 youth ambassadors worldwide can exchnage yunus and abed and other microeconomic
there are obviously many sub-permutations of issues vital to 5000 youth
ambassadors , I wish interns in bangkadesh would bring a plaque with their university crest and nail it
to the hotel reception wall declaring their university to be virtually associated with dhaka. the idea that a 3 year undergrad
course needs to be done in one bricks ad mortared expensive place is not sustainable for any undergraduate of development
economics - we needs to turn one of the dhaka hotels into a sort of club med for interns of dhaka as the open uni of smba
- by the way the former first lady of s.africa already calls dhaka the open uni of microcredit.
It would be fantastic
if we could pool knowhow on how to make interns and other adventure learning tours bettter and better - I believe this can
be a fantastic student led social business - its relevant to exploring at least 4 deep microcredits and epicentres of smba as
well as their interactions - 3 are in dhaka : grameen, brac, and asa - all in the same area; one is in kenya; if anyone can
get to kenya in march 2010 that's when a once in a lifetime microecreditsummit comes to nairobi; kena has the world;'s first
youth and mothers mobile micropecredit; it may yet be enough to empower obama's foreign assistment pledges- notwithstanding
briliant efforts by finca, brac and microloanfoundation among others I dont see any other millennium goal map connected
by microeconomits for africa emerging without connecting through what jamii bora
can help collaborative multiply but look forward to other maps if you have them
|.for june 29 we are thinking that we will probably also find a very few interns who are already there and marry what they are doing in
with june 29; we have also been promised by the end of may access to all records of interns that have ever been to grameen;
we'd like ambassador5000 to connect that and intern records of other microcredits - we are searching for those young people who found internship
in bangladesh a life changing experience that in some way they wish to contnuouly social business network- once we have a
few common resources like a web of 1000 social busienss http://socialbusiness.tv/ which new york youth pledged to in januray all these jigsaws may come together at the same time but we need young people
in the modst of assembling the big pictures |
I believe I am correct in saying that mostofa is available during the month
mid june to late july to help optimise any inteviews or visits you might want; of course he needs to confirm that and
also has local family responsibilities but it is my assumption that integrating inten programs and youth ambassador 5000 and
interviews that future capitalist journalists want to make with grameen global brand inside is work
that mostofa with lamiya's team will be doing for a long time to come-
3.0 that is partly why we filmed last
summer grameen inside and made 9 hours of transcripts before the whole world started making up glossier stories; we wanted
to see the view of lifelong workers at bgrameen before the glossy broadcast story; at least that is what back in january
2008 we (sofia, modjtaba, mostofa, mark and I) asked dr yunus permission to do. new york jan anmd london fe
1.0 perhaps we need 2 plans - many people who are coming to dhaka june 28/9 yunus 69th birthday party
(also the first third of a century of bangladesh's micro-up maps being shared worldwide - a new genre to
be published as microeconomics future capitalism
or innovating collaboration and social business entrepreneur networks
about 4 days
but you imply a second group including mostofa and yourself who want a month in dhaka adventure
- Paris: I understand you have the special case of the blockbuster movie work; some other people
may blend this in with internship or other action research or future capitalism journalism ; ...
grameen inside and made 9 hours of transcripts before the whole world started making up glossier stories; we wanted to see
the view of lifelong workers at bgrameen before the glossy broadcast story; at least that is what back in january 2008
we (sofia, modjtaba, mostofa, mark and I) asked dr yunus permission to do. new york jan anmd london fe archives
So by july 08 have 9 hours of films and transcripts available made in dhaka - examples of which I also
gave to saskia but which are kept in the grameen video library which goes back 30 years and is alongside the nobel permanent
exhibition ; in other words depending how deeply you want to search the media archives there is at least a week's material
to look at on just quarter of a floor of grammen bank; also one of the people attending on june 29 is a photoographer who
has gone to a sample of everywhere with dr yunus whom mostofa can introduce you to- it is impossible to understand
the female and youth magic of microcredit without understanding what was involved in setting up womens circles/centres in
1976- the greatest investment in open knowledge infrastructure a nation has ever made making silicon valley look pretty bogus
in its roots; and for a modern rendering of where that leapfrogs to I attach a concept I was given by http://grameensolutions.com/ at start of jan 08 for thiose of an IT can chnage the world mind
|.healthcare snap between 2
capitals with most at stake :DC & Dhaka|
please may I introduce you in various criss-crossing ways
but with particular coordinates on micro-medicine and the world's top 2 sustainability investmment collaboration gravities
between dc and dhaka - the 2 greatest yes we can epicentres with son of microcredit in charge in dc and fathers and mothers of microredit leading dhaka
Nalini a fulbright prize winner in dc and active in research
in india that seems to have remarkable parallels to larry brilliant's; and professor in childrens medicine a george washington
and her son Abhi who has just graduated there in medicine ; they both attended the GWU talk of yunus in early february
where 50 other youth were given tockets I bought by alex - to mostofa in london
a bangladesh is villager and also a london universiuty student who is central to the idea that dr yunus briefed him on last
summer at microcredit bali of ambassador 5000
Youth AMB5000 is an opportunity to connect:
grameen does internships and open sources micro-solutions with communities all over the world
networks and uni students who support bangaleshi methods connect with other yes we can or micro up methods
the other stuff that both yunus and fazle abed and other micro-solutions leadrs in dhaka go round developing hi-trust partenrships around
it would be useful to rehearse what areas of medicine or other things interest you and mostofa can find out whetther there
are any live projects going on inside grameen that currently need help or whether there are any attempts to search out partnerships
which need relationship building among usa -eg earlier this month princeton students hosted an event on microcredit*microhealth -if
we could replicate that some time in DC you would think we might start hunting who in NIH is interested in sustainable medicine/health
care and of course when dr yunus is in dc he's usually asked to visit either bernanke on banks or hilary on healthcare - or
other experts (grameen has several hundred medical staff of which about 5 are in boston at grameen america hq and the erst
in bangladesh); and then 2 blocks away from grameen is brac the original vilage bursing network
-new book by ian smillie freedom from want describes that
or other ways of essentially building a rural
national health system as a jigsaw of hi-trust connecting pieces
I pretty quickly get out of my depth of understanding
in medical areas which is also why mostofa and I want to convince people inside grameen that they need to become good at corresponding
with very customised trajectories youth leaders may be on - its like huge detailed game of snap in my mind but then
I am just a very simple-mided free marketmaker as many scots are
Nalini - back in britain a personal family
friend is sir KP - former head of the royal academy of medicine - if you can search him and see if there is a topic in
his cv that interests you then I can try and send an email between you - somehow I have to try and get cambridge university
medical school connecting with dhaka but I have to find some topic that sir keith knows they do
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Freedom From Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, The Global Grassroots Organization that’s Winning the Fight Against Poverty April
2009 / 304 pages / Paperback / 978-1-56549-294-3 / $24.95
mapmaker's data from the book's freedom chapters coming soon
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Freedom C0 & C2
|.In 1950 , Abed's Uncle Saidul went to London as Pakistan's
trade commissioner, and in 1954 Abed followed. For an 18 year old, traditional ideas about going into govenment service seemed
outdtaed in the new post-colonial world, and Abed wanted to do something out of the ordinary. He still cannot explain what
drew him to naval archotecture, except for the fact that it was well out of the ordinary. Soon he found himself in Glasgow.
The naval archotecture course was a 4 year program with alternati ng 6 month periods in the calssroom and the shipyard, where
studentls learned through hands-on experience. Afetr 6 months of basic physics and maths, he went to Yarrow and
company shipyard as an apprentice draftsman, an experience he describes toay as "not that lovely". The second
year, he skiipped the shipyard and started to think ahead. He was beginning to realizxe that as a naval architect he could
be obliged to spend the rest of his life in Glasgow, Belfast, or Norway. He visited Norway in 1955 to take a look, and he
was not impressed. he wrote to his uncle in London saying he had concluded that naval architecture was "not my line"
after all. His father objected to him quitting but his uncle welcomed him back to London where he now concluded that
his options lay between law and accounting |
This book is about the triumph of optimism, enterprise, and common
sense over despair. It is about development without bodrers., and an incredible organisation created to deal with abject poverty
in a broken country. The borders BRAC has crossed are not just political borders, though those are real enough. It has breached
the borders of development orthodoxy, discovering the fallacies in standard approaches to community development and demonmstrating
that poverty can be pushed back dramatically if it is tackled directly. It has shown that poor, even completely destitute,
women in a conservative Muslim society can learn, earn and lead. It has shown that the market can be a powerful ally in the
fight against poverty. It has breached the borders of small, turning tiny experimental efforts into huge enterprises that
are staffed almost exclusively by tens of thousands of villagers who once had nothing , and whose own borders were once defined
by ignorance, ill health, isolation and fear.
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From BRAC's earliest dev plans in 1972, the idea was to make entire adult populations of villages literate.
However BRAC soon learned that education was about far more than schools and etachers.
Functional education soon
emerged as an underlying fundamental in BRAC's organising principles. The first step in enetring a village was to identify
households in BRAC;s target group of the poorest adults. Ater a few weeks several programs for men and women would form- while
a saving group might be one of these, the basic platform on which everything was built wss functinal education.
Abed devoured writings from 3 educational practitioners with the poorests: Paulo Freire, Franz Fanon, and Ivan Illich
There were 2 parts to the functional education course that emerged in the 1970s. The first part delivered in 30 sessions
was about awareness, helping villagers to analyse their environment ,their relationships and dependencies, and the consrants
and possibilities in their lives. The objectve was to build a sense of solidarity and group cohesion, create a savings mentality,
and prepare people for income generating projects and other activities that would come with time.
seconf part was about literacy and numeracy also taught in 30 courses that were 3 hours each. In the early 1980s the literacrynumeracy
course became optional as literacy for its own sake was not alwayys found to be useful.
BRAC was soon asked
waht it could do for children. From 1974 it started publishing a monthly childrens magazine with stories particularly on health
and social issues. By 1981 this was being distributed to all of the states 40000+ primary schools. BRAC soon decided it needed
to experiment with informal one-toom primary schools in the village. Its 1985 experiment began with 22 1-room schools. ..
Ten years later, BRAC had opened 19000 schools and had graduated more than 500,000 chldren.
Update from BRAC blog march 09
:BRAC has more than 54,000 primary and pre-primary schools in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Uganda and Southern Sudan, and will
be implementing a pilot primary school program in Pakistan this year.Click here to learn more about BRAC's education programs
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Freedom C16 BRAC UNIVERSITY
University Revolution - I will make a guess that by 2020 if Yes We Can youth have got the lanet spinning back
on track for sustainability that half of the top 10 universities will have been all but unknown in 2009; the simplest course
that 7 billion people need to regain sustainability doesn't need 1000 expert professors variations; and its cases will be
there to go and visit; I have no doubt that BRAC University will be a world favourite - note how fast its grownn and gravitates
sustainability's most caring systems people
from 2008 BRAC annual report
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
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BRAC"s pathway to Africa
In 2004, BRAC won the Bill & Melinda Gates
$1mn Award for Global Health, and with 18 months funding was enough for to take BRAC to Tanzania for 5 years with a total
The infrastructures being built are agricultural (no irrigation yet in Tanzania) and poultry/livestock
BRAC will start microfinace in 55 regions each with 5 btanches; health product retailers will be some of the early
microentrepreneurs funded. Typically their products wil be : mosquito nets and repellants, water purifination tablets, condoms
and non-prescription drugs. In due cousre, BRAC will introduce a rapid detection test for malaria with results in 15 minutes.
Microfinace data updated to start 2009 is 80,000 members networked round 3000 groups.
In this case
seed money came from the Netherland;s NOVIB, who also got UNICEF support for educational programs. A 25 person training centre
in kampala was the beginning. Microfinance began in June 2006, and within a year they were one of the largest programs. Schools
were started in the Northerm districts where 2.68 million people had been displaced by conflicts and security remains
BRAC is committed to taking this on as the toughest of its current fovci in Africa
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1 Social Businesses this book did not have space to report:
23,000 hectacres of ponds
and lakes with fish and prawn hatcheries
8000 village nurseries which produce over 15 million seedlings a year
how BRAC's human rights and legal aid programs are supported by 400 theatre groups who stage over 50000 plays a year,
educating as they entertain
2 Bangladesh Organisation - 3000 offices with 57000 employees- triple that if
you included its grassroots networks of nurses and teachers
3 Further notes on International spread of BRAC:
sri lanka: went there after the tsumai to help with relief assistance as it often has to in Bangladesh; through time
this has turned into development work
has established fundraising arms in New York and London; in US BRAC has assembled
fund of $70 million by 2009 for microfinance in Africa
is working in haiti and pakistan; exploring potential of
operations in I ndia, China, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Sunday, May 10, 2009
headline stats from new book on brac
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- BRAC is the biggest non-governmental, nonprofit organization in the world – in terms of its budget,
its staff and the number of people it reaches. BRAC is the biggest international NGO in Afghanistan, working very effectively
in some of the most difficult areas. BRAC has broad-based development programs in East Africa and in countries recovering
from war: Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- BRAC provides more than $1 billion a year in micro loans
to poor people; the repayment rate is more than 97%.
- BRAC pioneered a program for diagnosing and treating
tuberculosis that is now used worldwide. BRAC treats almost 100,000 TB patients a year and has a 92% cure rate.
operates more primary schools in Bangladesh than all the nursery, primary and secondary schools in England combined.
- BRAC’s dairy processes more than 70,000 liters of milk a day. The milk is produced entirely by villagers
in every district of Bangladesh, none owning more than one or two cows.
- Students from across the world
attend the BRAC University; thousands of villagers use its libraries and its on-line computer centers. The BRAC Bank has become
one of the largest and most trusted in Bangladesh in only eight years of operation, and its lending concentrates almost entirely
on small enterprise development, one notch up from microfinance.
Freedom From Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, The Global Grassroots Organization that’s Winning the Fight Against Poverty April
2009 / 304 pages / Paperback / 978-1-56549-294-3 / $24.95
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