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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...

The Guardian: can BRAC "banish extreme poverty?"



A reporter for the British newspaper The Guardian offers an in-depth examination of BRAC's proven Graduation program, "Targeting the Ultra Poor."

Read the article in The Guardian about BRAC's Graduation program...

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...

Social enterprises fight poverty and malnutrition in Uganda



A recent piece in the Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN) featured some of the innovative work BRAC is doing in Uganda, where the orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) is economically empowering small-scale farmers and improving maternal and child nutrition.

Read the IBAN blog post here and learn more about how market linkages can improve both opportunity and health...

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...
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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
-this 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 say it
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
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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 message:
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?

1a 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 ...)
 
2 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
 
so 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 same


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


maybe 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 the world


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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).

He 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?

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..please help us update or fill in 100 links every job-creating and poverty-ending millennial might enjoy knowing exist -chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk washington dc 301 881 1655

-related link world record book of job creators

 

breaking news: brac massive scale up girls education

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Beyond Boundaries: videos youth workers 

by value chain

schools, open edu  ; missing curricula : eg financial literacy ; CommunityLearningC

banking, investments by an for those with greatest sustainability challenges:

1 cashless banking -bkash  inno

microfinance+ banking

3 urban regen banking  brac bank 1  2

global values of banking

health

brac disaster relief

food:

poultry

dairy

rice  2

crops  -seeds

safety and bottom-up professions (ending exponentialexternalisation of risk)

brac theatre

makers markets -Aarong 65000 artisans (85% women)

 

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.by urgent location or issue partners

BRAC ebola

BRAC mobile money innovation

BRAC social innovation lab

Frugal innovation summit

Uganda- BRAC's fastest scaling partners Lab in Africa with Mastercardfoundation & ...

Gates Foundation and DFID prioritise development of Tanzania with BRAC

George Soros prioritises development of Liberia

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

Strategic Partners

Institutional Donors

Government Alliances Corporate Alliances

Implementation Partners Knowledge Partners

 

Partnerships for BRAC International

 

...can you help us word a question that BRAC's 30 million end-poverty families have either an answer to or are partnering in (MOOC)  massinve open online collaboration to?

help welcome chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk washington dc- usa=1  301 881 1655

- how can a quiz of  Bangladesh and BRAC's 45 years exponential action learning curves and partners aropund the world become the most  exciting map for empowering 3 billion millennials and their elearning satellite on the journey:

#2030now - end poverty and under-employment everywhere

#2015now partners - eg action2015.org 2015sustainability.com  worldbank tedx 

parallel resources to this web unacknowledgedgiant.com -oartbers in publishing world record games of ob creation

 and fazleabed.com bracnet.ning.com

 planetdhaka.com yunuscity.ning.com 

 wholeplanet.tv journalofsocialbusiness.com 

socialaction.tv socialbusiness.tv futurecapitalism.tv 

worldeconomist.net worldentrepreneur.net

worldclassbrands.tv   valuetrue.com  trilliondollaraudit.com

YouthCreativeLab MOOCwho.com

womenuni.com mandelauni.com ...

 

 

 

editorial queries february 2015

few main concerns

 

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 abed

 

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!!!!

 

a 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

 

 

also 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!

 

and 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 

 

chris 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 

 

In this context, here's a summary of our favorite learnings from BRAC so far - we'd love to hear yours -chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk 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

 

Along with 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 -chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk washington dc 301 881 1655

-related link world record book of job creators

 

breaking news: brac massive scale up girls education

.overall

brac

brac human resources

brac research

enterprises

brac university @YT

School Public Health _ James M Grant

brac dev

brac human rights

brac bangladesh

brac africa

brac blog

 

BRAC international

BRAC US (global fundraising)

 

brac at twitter

Beyond Boundaries: videos youth workers 

by value chain

schools, open edu  ; missing curricula : eg financial literacy ; CommunityLearningC

banking, investments by an for those with greatest sustainability challenges:

1 cashless banking -bkash  inno

microfinance+ banking

3 urban regen banking  brac bank 1  2

global values of banking

health

brac disaster relief

food:

poultry

dairy

rice 

crops

safety and bottom-up professions (ending exponentialexternalisation of risk)

brac theatre

makers markets -Aarong 65000 artisans (85% women)

 

;

.by urgent location or issue partners

BRAC ebola

BRAC mobile money innovation

BRAC social innovation lab

Frugal innovation summit

Uganda- BRAC's fastest scaling partners Lab in Africa with Mastercardfoundation & ...

Gates Foundation and DFID prioritise development of Tanzania with BRAC

George Soros prioritises development of Liberia

BRAC internet - partners Japan-US-Bangla

MyBrac beta with Duke U

Wolrd Bank prioritses Ultra Poor collaboration networking

brac's home web 1 2 3 4
fan web of sir fazle abed

About BRAC Partners

Strategic Partners

Institutional Donors

Government Alliances Corporate Alliances

Implementation Partners Knowledge Partners

Partnerships for BRAC International


 

brac -top 100 pro-youth video

Is there any organisation in the world worth more for youth to action learn with than BRAC http://bracnet.ning.com  http://normanmacrae.ning.com  http://planetmooc.com  www.bkash.com  with special thanks to Sir Fazle Abed, George Soros and Budapest Central European University Class of 2013

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sinoscotland.com 

brac.tv

futureofbbc,com

ineteconomics.org 

#2030now....

 
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 chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk 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
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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 chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk - 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.

 ;Most exciting cuuriculum in world of 2013?

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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 

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System transformation Movements started up in 1972

  • BRAC
  • Entrepreneurial Revolution dialogues hosted at The Economist searching for leaders of 2010s =worldwide youth's most productive and sustainable time

recent notes from The Economist on BRAC as number 1 value multiplying network

 

BRAC Foundation Structure 1

Village organisation as value multiplying hub

Beyond illiteracy training

Paulo Friere

Bottom-Up Professionals

Compare with Gandhi-Einstein's story

Bottom-Up Disaster Relief

 

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Microbanking mainly for redesigned agricultural chains

Adolescent clubs preparing for productive lifetimes

Mapping Value Chains

Non-formal Primary schoolingVillage para-health workers

Village Microfranchising

Village organisation as value multiplying hub

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Rural gets On-grid (mobile, solar power) BRAC helps celebrate extremely useful innovations

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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

Opentech everything- empowers bottom up professionals with mobile apps and by connecting when expert advice needed

Post 2015 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

 

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 local action.

About Our Partners


Strategic Partners
Institutional Donors
Government Alliances
Corporate Alliances
Implementation Partners
Knowledge Partners
Partnerships for BRAC International

Downloads


2011 Annual Donor Consortium Meeting Presentation [PDF-2 MB] by Executive Director

2011 BRAC Annual Reports

2010 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 chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk 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 

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As BRAC Turns 40, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Calls for Education Reform and Youth Development for Poor Countries

Outdated 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  

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BRAC representatives from 12 countries gather on stage at the organization's 40th anniversary celebrations in Dhaka
I am sorry to say that patriarchy remains entrenched in our social and religious practices.
Dhaka, 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.”
Notes on Hasan family linked by wikipedia bio of sir fazle abed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fazle_Hasan_Abed
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.

Nahid Hasan: Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. Celebrated businesswoman of Bangladesh.

Tamara Abed: Head of Aarong, a retail enterprise

.....................................................................http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15546976 Fairness challenge from first global education 'laureate'

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent
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.
The inaugural 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".
Equal chances
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.
Brac school in South Sudan First day at school in a BRAC project in Manderia village in Torid, South Sudan
But speaking 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.
"It's 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".
Life changing
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 receiving WISE Prize Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was awarded the inaugural WISE Prize for international education
"Many 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.
It's 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.
Missed goals
But big international promises, played out under the photographs and rhetoric of summits, can also turn out to be hollow.
Gordon Brown speaking in Doha, Qatar Gordon Brown issued a call for a "global education fund" at the summit in Qatar
Gordon 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.
But he 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 Macrae DC Bureau of microcredit.tv 301 881 1655, chris.macrae AT yahoo.co.uk
suggestions for editing bracase welcome - chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk
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.
We hope we have found a way to share with youth around the world the exciting intrapreneurial energy that Grameen http://grameen.tv/ generates day in day out

Muhammad Yunus & Grameen Bank

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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.
If anyone has ideas how we can do something similar for BRAC, I'd love to hear of them
Chris Macrae Washington DC bureau us tel 301 881 1655 info@worldcitizen.tv
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 businessesUntil 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. 

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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.

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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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Dimensions of BRAC Partnering

BRAC International

Last updated 23 November, 2011


UMCOR


BRAC Haiti

Partnership for:
Shelter Project in BRAC Haiti. Project duration is May 2011 - Jan 2012.
Agriculture based Livelihood intervention. Project duration is Mar 2011 - Mar 2012.

Fonkoze


BRAC Haiti

For the Housing Project in BRAC Haiti. Project duration is June 2010 - Nov 2011.

DIGICEL Foundation


BRAC Haiti

For the Youth Enterprise School (YES) in BRAC Haiti. Project duration is Mar 2011 - Feb 2012.

FOSI


BRAC Pakistan, BRAC Liberia, BRAC Sierra Leone
For the Health, Agriculture, Poultry & Livestock, Research & Evaluation, and Training Programmes in BRAC Liberia and Sierra Leone . Project duration is Oct 2008 - Dec 2011.Also for Flood rehabilitation project in Pakistan.

Omidyar Network


BRAC Sierra Leone, BRAC Liberia
For the Health, Agriculture, Poultry & Livestock, Research & Evaluation, and Training Programmes in BRAC Liberia and Sierra Leone . Project duration is Oct 2008 - Dec 2011.

Humanity United


BRAC Sierra Leone, BRAC Liberia
For the Health, Agriculture, Poultry & Livestock, Research & Evaluation, and Training Programmes in BRAC Liberia and Sierra Leone . Project duration is Oct 2008 - Dec 2011.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


BRAC Tanzania
For the Integrated Project in BRAC Tanzania.

UNCDF


BRAC Sierra Leone
For the Microfinance Programme in BRAC Sierra Leone. Project duration is Oct 2009 - Dec 2013.

BRAC Liberia
For the Microfinance Programme in BRAC Liberia. Project duration is Oct 2009 - Dec 2013.

AGRA


BRAC Liberia
For the Agriculture Programme in BRAC Liberia. Project duration is June 2011 - May 2013.
BRAC Sierra Leone
For Agriculture Programme. Project duration is June 2011 - May 2013.

GAVI


BRAC Afghanistan
GAVI is a partner for the Mobile Health Teams for Badghis project (duration is Sep 2008 - Dec 2011) and Nimroz project (duration is Sep 2008 - Dec 2011)

World Bank/MOPH


BRAC Afghanistan
The partnership is for SHARP Nimroz health project. The project duration is Oct 2009 - Mar 2013. The committed fund is USD 2,315,402.
BRAC South Sudan
For ELA programme. Project duration is May 2010 - Jan 2012.

USAID


BRAC Afghanistan
This is for agriculture programme. The project duration is Nov 2009 - Nov 2011. The committed fund is USD 4,445,291.

Italian Corporation


BRAC Internaitonal
This partnership is for agriculture programme. The project duration is Nov 2011 - Oct 2013. The committed fund is USD 500,000

United Way Worldwide


BRAC Tanzania - Microfinance
BRAC Microfinance, started its operation on the mid of 2006 in Tanzania and currently working in 112 branches with more than 118,000 borrowers. United Way Worldwide has been helping BRAC Tanzania as one of our promising partners for Poverty Alleviation through Micro Finance.
The overall objective of this partnership is to increase access to financial Services for the majority of poor in Masama Branch and Machame Branch in Kilimanjaro region with a particular emphasis on women who have been left out by the mainstream financial system. The program is designed with a focus on poverty reduction through credit facilities for employment and income generation for the poor in Masama and Machame. A minimum of 2000 women entrepreneurs in Masama and Machame will be served with small loans within 1 year.

UNICEF


BRAC Tanzania - ELA
The Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme started in Tanzania in August, 2008 with the financial support of BRAC USA. In April 2011, the programme expanded with the financial and technical support of UNICEF.
UNICEF & BRAC Tanzania share a commitment to the principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Convention on the right of the child and The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. BRAC Tanzania implement this through ELA (Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents) Program on prevention of HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy and Sexual Violence.
The UNICEF-funded program is running in the Temeke district and both urban and rural dstricts in the Mbeya region, with 80 clubs and 3,005 female members.

BRAC Uganda
For the Karamoja project. Project duration is from Nov 2010 - Dec 2014.

Oxfam Novib


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for:
CBHP - Parwan and Nangarhar. The project duration is from Nov 2008 - Oct 2011
Wash Samangan project. Project duration is from Aug 2011 - Feb 2011
Disaster Risk Reduction Project. Project duration is from Sep 2010 - Aug 2011

BRAC South Sudan
For Agriculture Programme. Project duration is Apr 2010 - Mar 2012.

Global Fund


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for:
GFATM R8 TB project. The project duration is from Oct 2009 - Sep 2014.
GFATM R8 Malaria (PR) project. Project duration is from Feb 2010 - Jan 2015.
GFATM R8 Malaria (SR) project. Project duration is from June 2010 - Jan 2015.

USAID


BRAC Afghanistan
This is for the TB Care 1 project. Project duration is from Feb 2009 - June 2011.

UNICEF


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership for:
IMCHN - Kabul project. Project duration is from July 2010 - Oct 2011.
Health NID -Helmand project. Project duration is from Nov 2009 - Mar 2011.
MNCH Badghis project. Project duration is from Oct 2010 - Sep 2011.
MNCH - Helmand & Nimroz health project. Project Duration is from July 2011 - July 2012.
Behavioural Change & Communication project. Project duration is from Aug 2010 - July 2011.

WHO


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership for the Health NID -Helmand project. Project duration is from Nov 2009 - Mar 2011.

AECID


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership for the Nursing Training School project. Project duration is from Oct 2009 - Sep 2012.

WFP


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership for:
Supplementary Feeding Programme. Project duration is from Feb 2010 - Mar 2011.
Food for TB Patients - Kabul project. Project duration is from Apr 2010 - Dec 2011.
Food for TB Patients - Parwan project. Project duration is from Apr 2010 - Dec 2011.

French Embassy


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for the Surobi DH Support Project - Kabul. Project duration is from Sep 2010 - Apr 2011

CIDA


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for the Girls Education Programme. Project duration is from Jan 2007 - Mar 2012.

UNESCO


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for the Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan. Project duration is from July 2010 - June 2011.

Ministry of Rural Rahabilitation and Development(MRRD)


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for the National Solidarity Programme (NSP)

World Bank


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for the National Solidarity Programme (NSP).

IOM


BRAC Afghanistan
This is for the Community Infrastructure Project. Project duration is from July 2010 - June 2011.

MISFA


BRAC Afghanistan
Partnership is for the Targeting Ultra Poor programme and also for the Comprehensive Capacity Development Programme.

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund


BRAC Pakistan
Partnership is for the Education, Health, Social Safety Net project Health Insurance TUP, Flood Refinancing through MF and also for the Flood Rehabilitation project.

UWW - Citi Foundation


BRAC Tanzania
For the Microfinance programme.

IRRI


BRAC Tanzania
For the Rice Cultivation in collaboration with IRRI.

MasterCard Foundation


BRAC Uganda
For Health, Education, Agriculture, Poultry & Livestock, Research & Evaluation and ELA programmes.

Gold Smith


BRAC Uganda
For Karamoja Project. Project duration is Nov 2011 - Nov 2013.

Insightshare


BRAC Uganda
For Participatory Video Initiative - ELA programme. Project duration is Aug 2011 - Mar 2012.

Population Services International (PSI)


BRAC South Sudan
For Malaria project. Project duration is Jan 2011 - Dec 2012.

Comic Relief


BRAC South Sudan
For Education project. Project duration is Feb 2011 - Mar 2014.

Stromme Foundation


BRAC South Sudan
For Education Programme. Project duration is Jan 2010 - Dec 2012.

London Mining


BRAC Sierra Leone
For Agriculture programme. Project duration is July 2011 - June 2012.

OSJI


BRAC Sierra Leone
For Human Rights and Legal Empowerment Programme. Project duration is June 2010 - Dec 2011.

Trocaire


BRAC Sierra Leone
For Human Rights and Legal Empowerment programme. Project duration is Jan 2011 - Dec 2013.

Caritas Austria


BRAC Haiti
For Morne a Bateau Livelihood Project. Project duration is Feb 2011 - Jan 2012.
 

 

Knowledge Partners

Last updated 23 November, 2011


George Washington University


Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Programme, Disaster, Environment and Climate Change Programme

BRAC DECC and WASH Programmes host one intern every three months as a receiving institution. All students complete pre-agreed tasks as part of fulfilling their requirements for Masters in Global Health. Three credits are awarded to the intern on successful completion of the assignment.

International resource Centre for Water and Sanitation


Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Programme

IRC is considered a "centre of excellence" in water, sanitation and hygiene globally. They provide back-up technical support in the fields of technical, knowledge management and monitoring for the ongoing WASH Programme.

 

FHI 360


Alive and Thrive, Health Programme

FHI 360 (former AID-ARTS) provides technical support in communication and private sector activties.

GMMB


Alive and Thrive, Health Programme

GMMB provides advocacy support.

IFPRI


Alive and Thrive, Health Programme

IFPRI provides support in monitoring, learning and evaluation.

International Rice Research Institute


Agriculture and Food Security Program

 

IRRI is implementing different projects for the improvement of rice productivity of Bangladesh through variety development and technology dissemination.

International Potato Center (CIP)


Agriculture and Food Security Program

Research and development conducted on potatoes through gerplasm exchange and training.

World Fish Center


Agriculture and Food Security Program

Implementing the project on Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF) in the southern parts of Bangladesh.

HarvestPlus Challenge Program (CIAT and IFPRI)


Agriculture and Food Security Program

BRAC is providing support for communication and deployment of zinc fortified rice varieties in Bangladesh. Negotiation is ongoing for participation in seed multiplication and marketing of orange-flesh sweet potato in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The Executive Director of BRAC is a member of the Project Advisory Committee of HarvestPlus.

Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI)


Agriculture and Food Security Program

BRRI provides breeder seeds and training to BRAC staff.

Hi-Tech Seed Co Ltd, China


Agriculture and Food Security Program

BRAC is an active partner in producing hybrid rice seeds in Bangladesh with the technical assistance of Hi-Tech Seed Co Ltd. BRAC also desires to have access to technical knowledge in order to develop hybrid rice seeds which are suitable to Bangladesh climate and also to produce and market such seeds in the country.

Yuans Hi-Tech Seed Co Ltd, China


Agriculture and Food Security Program

BRAC is an active partner in producing hybrid rice seeds in Bangladesh with the technical assistance of Yuans Hi-Tech Seed Co Ltd. BRAC also desires to have access to technical expertise in order to develop hybrid rice seeds suitable to the Bangladesh climate and also to produce and market such seeds in Bangladesh.

China National Hybrid Rice Research and Development Center (CNHRRDC), China


Agriculture and Food Security Program

BRAC is an active partner in developing hybrid rice for the benefit of Bangladeshi farmers with the technical assistance of CNHRRDC. Both parties agreed to make efforts to jointly promote the development of hybrid rice, make contributions which will benefit the Bangladeshi farmers and strengthen the friendship between China and Bangladesh.

Small Engines for Economic Development (SEED), USA


Agriculture and Food Security Program

BRAC is an active partner to market the SEED pump, to address the designing and developing irrigation products and services which will increase the income for small farmers.

International Federation for Training and Development Organization (IFTDO), UK


BRAC Learning Divison

 

The IFTDO is a world-wide federation (UK based) formed in 1972. It is a diverse network of human capacity building and development organizations linking training and HR professionals in HR societies, corporations, universities, consultancies, government organizations and enterprises. Through its member organizations, it represents more than 500,000 professionals in 50 countries. Through this network BLD can:

• Increase recognition as an internationally active organisation by using the IFTDO logo while mentioning the fact that they are IFTDO members

• Expand capabilities through exchanging strategies, techniques and technology

• Learn about important training events and developments

• Access global thinking and practices through the IFTDO global network, projects and research

• Shape state-of-the-art international development projects

• Participate as delegates, presenters and exhibitors at IFTDO conferences

Receive discount of on-conference registration

• Contribute articles to the IFTDO NEWS and website

World Vision Bangladesh


BRAC Learning Divison

A year-long course on "Leadership Enhancement and Development" designed and facilitated by BRAC Learning Division for the managers of World Vision Bangladesh.

Save the Children UK


BRAC Learning Divison

Jointly working on submitting a training project proposal with BLD.

Save the Children USA


BRAC Learning Divison

Three-month long training project on health issues undertaken in the Bhola District.

Sajida Foundation


BRAC Learning Divison

BLD Provides different training course on Development Management, Human Communication and Personnel Management to the Sajida Foundation staff members.

ILO Bangladesh


BRAC Learning Divison

BLD provides different training courses on Supportive Supervision, Human Communication and Monitoring and Evaluation to the staff of ILO Bangladesh.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)


BRAC Learning Divison

BLD provides different training courses on Management, and Effective Communication to the staff of TIB.

SIT


Advocacy for Social Change

 

Local Press Clubs of 47 District & Divisions


TB Control, Malaria Control, Health Programme

Journalist Associations


TB Control, Malaria Control, Health Programme

Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)


Targeting the Ultra Poor Programme, Advocacy Programme

Institutional Donors


Last updated 23 November, 2011


Oxfam Novib


Community Empowerment Programme

Donors for the Social Development component of the Challenging the Frontiers of Poverty Reduction (CFPR) Project.

Education Programme

The funding of BRAC Education Programme II (BEP II) 2009- 2014 is supported by a donor consortium that includes five donors ( AusAID, CIDA, DFID, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Oxfam NOVIB). Primarily, BEP II addresses issues relating to access and quality, and operates at five institutional levels:

Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Adolescent and Continuing education.

These are all areas where BEP has initiated different activities and made progress. In four of these areas, BEP provides direct access to services and has a strong focus in their quality. In the secondary education programme, BEP is partnering with government-supported schools to improve the quality of their service provision. Besides this, the European Commission (EC), Unicef and Nike contribute to BEP to operate non-formal primary schools, pre-primary schools, Adolescent Clubs and SOFEA (Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescent) programmes as bilateral donors.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)


Community Empowerment Programme

UNDP is the donor for the "UN Joint Programme on Violence Against Women" project, where BRAC Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) is providing technical assistance to UNDP for the project. The project takes place in the Habigonj, Narsingdi, Feni, Sirajgonj, Satkhira and Barguna districts. The project is being implemented in partnership with UNDP and Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. The goal of the project is “to improve the overall violence against women (VAW) situation in the REOPA and LIC operating districts”.


EKN


Improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Survival (IMNCS), BRAC Health Programme

Education Programme

The funding of BRAC Education Programme II (BEP II) 2009- 2014 is supported by a donor consortium that includes five donors ( AusAID, CIDA, DFID, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Oxfam NOVIB). Primarily, BEP II addresses issues relating to access and quality, and operates at five institutional levels:

Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Adolescent and Continuing education.

These are all areas where BEP has initiated different activities and made progress. In four of these areas, BEP provides direct access to services and has a strong focus in their quality. In the secondary education programme, BEP is partnering with government-supported schools to improve the quality of their service provision. Besides this, the European Commission (EC), Unicef and Nike contribute to BEP to operate non-formal primary schools, pre-primary schools, Adolescent Clubs and SOFEA ( Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescent) programmes as bilateral donors.

 

USAID


BRAC Health Programme

BRAC has been implementing a TB - HIV collaborative project with USAID funds, receiving technical and financial support for the project through FHI 360. The project offers HIV screening test to TB patients in six DOTS corners of BRAC in Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations.


FHI 360


BRAC Health Programme

BRAC has been implementing a TB - HIV collaborative project with USAID funds, receiving technical and financial support for the project through FHI 360. The project offers HIV screening test to TB patients in six DOTS corners of BRAC in Dhaka and Chittagong city corporations


The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM)


TB Control, Malaria Control, Health Programme

From 2004 onwards, Bangladesh has been receiving the Global Fund for National TB Control Program under the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). BRAC serves as the principal recipient related to NGO implementation with 43 other partners. In addition, BRAC provides direct services in 297 upazillas in 42 districts, including Chittagong Hill Tracts, prisons, twenty four academic institutions, Chittagong and Khulna Port Authority Hospitals and various parts of the city corporations.

European Union


Agriculture and Food Security Programme

Implementing EU funded projects in the coastal regions of Bangladesh.

 

Islamic Development Bank (IDB)


Agriculture and Food Security Programme

 

Implementing agriculture credit project in the cyclone prone area of Bangladesh.

 

CIDA


Education Programme

 

The funding of BRAC Education Programme II (BEP II) 2009- 2014 is supported by a donor consortium that includes five donors ( AusAID, CIDA, DFID, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and Oxfam NOVIB). Primarily, BEP II addresses issues relating to access and quality, and operates at five institutional levels:

Pre-primary, Primary, Secondary, Adolescent and Continuing education.

These are all areas where BEP has initiated different activities and made progress. In four of these areas, BEP provides direct access to services and has a strong focus in their quality. In the secondary education programme, BEP is partnering with government-supported schools to improve the quality of their service provision. Besides this, the European Commission (EC), Unicef and Nike contribute to BEP to operate non-formal primary schools, pre-primary schools, Adolescent Clubs and SOFEA ( Social and Financial Empowerment of Adolescent) programmes as bilateral donors.
 

Implementation Partners

Last updated 23 November, 2011


UNICEF


Improving Maternal, Neonatal and Child Survival (IMNCS)

BRAC works at community level to create demand for health services among community people, while UNICEF works with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of GoB in the supply-side by providing technical and logistical support to the GoB health facilities.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communications (BNNRC)


Community Empowerment Programme

BRAC and BNNRC are in partnership forming "Children's Clubs" for BRAC's Community Radio, "Radio Pollikontho" in Maulvibazar, with funding from UNICEF.

Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF)


Community Empowerment Programme

Acid violence victims reported to BRAC CEP receive medical treatment, legal aid, and rehabilitation support in partnership with Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF).

Shishu Polli Plus


Community Empowerment Programme

BRAC CEP is providing Income Generation Activities Trainings to Shishu Polli Plus beneficiaries (women who are victims of violence). In addition, BRAC CEP refers women violence victims reported to CEP to Shishu Polli Plus shelter homes.

The Hunger Project - Bangladesh


Community Empowerment Programme

BRAC CEP and The Hunger Project - Bangladesh, is implementing the "Social Mobilization and Accountable Local Government towards Creating MDG Unions" in Mymensingh district in partnership. The project is funded by BRAC and also has BRAC RED as a partner.

Saferworld


Community Empowerment Programme

BRAC Community Empowerment Programme and Saferworld are in partnership implementing activities of the "Community Safety Pilot Project" in Kishoregonj district with funding from Saferworld.


Sightsavers


Vision Bangladesh Project, BRAC Health Programme

The Project is jointly funded by BRAC and Sightsavers with a portion of 50:50. BRAC is responsible for the demand side of the project i.e. advocacy and community mobilization. Sightsavers is responsible for the supply side including coordination with the partner hospitals for cataract surgery.

Migration Forum Asia (MFA)


Safe Migration Facilitation Centre (SMFC) Project

NGO Committee on Migration


Safe Migration Facilitation Centre (SMFC) Project

Migration Forum Asia (MFA)


Safe Migration Facilitation Centre (SMFC) Project 
 


http://www.brac.net/content/about-brac-social-enterprises

BRAC Enterprises’ efforts are not driven towards maximizing profit for the shareholders, but to benefit its stakeholders who are essentially the millions of deprived and disenfranchised poor of the country.
The surplus that BRAC social enterprises generate fuel most of BRAC’s non-income activities such as the health and education programmes.
Learn more ...

See all BRAC social enterprises at a glance or view details below:

Agriculture & Food: BRAC Sericulture, BRAC Cold Storage, BRAC Tea Estates, BRAC Salt
Health:
BRAC Sanitary Napkin & Delivery Kit
Livestock & Fisheries:
BRAC Poultry, BRAC Poultry Rearing Farms, BRAC Fisheries, BRAC Dairy, BRAC Feed Mills, BRAC Artificial Insemination, BRAC Chicken
Green Enterprises:
BRAC Solar, BRAC Nursery, BRAC Handmade Recycled Paper
Retail:
Aarong
Printers and Printing Pack:
BRAC Printers, BRAC Printing Pack


BRAC's first www Youth Entrepreneur Competition
BRAC’s first-ever Facebook competition is officially over! Congratulations to our winner, Daniel Ng from the University of Virginia on his ‘Play’ Project– a community playground project with the objective of creating safe accessible spaces for underprivileged children to play.

A special mention goes out to our runners up; Maya – a community empowerment project for women, and Amadeyr Cloud’s digital content delivery project.

In January, we received over 40 submissions from around the world and finally narrowed it down to seven best innovations with potential to be implemented at BRAC. We convened several internal judging panels to make our final decision. The winner gets the unique opportunity to work with BRAC’s Social Innovation Lab in Bangladesh.
http://www.bracdevelopmentinstitute.org/
Event: 3ie-LIDC Seminar - Reaching the Poorest: Lessons from the Graduation Model
If you're in London, come see BRAC Development Institute's Syed Hashemi and Anasuya Sangupta discuss an effective model for reaching the very poorest. The Graduation model is based on BRAC's Ultra Poor programme in Bangladesh and is being piloted and scaled up in 10 countries around the world.


Date: Tuesday 24th April, 2012
Venue: Manson Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, UK
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm

Speakers:
Syed Hashemi, Founder and Director, BRAC Development Institute and Senior Advisor, CGAP
Aude de Montesquiou, Microfinance Analyst, CGAP
Anasuya Sengupta, Senior Research Associate, BRAC Development Institute
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2011

Creative space: the BRAC Social Innovation Lab


On October 19, the BRAC Social Innovation Lab was formally launched in an informal gathering called “Social Innovation Forum.” The event focused on a theme of “How does BRAC do social innovation—past, present, and future?” and was dedicated to the memory of Aminul Alam (1949-2010), one of BRAC’s earliest and most influential innovators. A clip of his retelling of BRAC’s initial activities in poultry was played to pay tribute to the passion and incredible dedication he brought to the organization.

The chairperson, Sir Fazle Abed, participated in the launch and offered inspirational reflections on innovation at BRAC. “Necessity is the mother of all inventions, as well as innovations,” he remarked with humor, and emphasized that BRAC’s goal at this point is not to reinvent the wheel, but to “do old things in a new, unique way.” There are many examples of these principles in practice in BRAC’s history; in the Oral rehydration Therapy Extension Program (OTEP) that BRAC launched in the 1970s, for example, BRAC took the “per-piece” payment scheme and applied it to health educators, tying their compensation to how many mothers they effectively taught how to make the lifesaving solution of water, salt, and sugar. Lay health educators reached twelve million mothers and significantly reduced child mortality from diarrheal disease, the major killer at the time. It used a similar model for education, considering students’ retention of knowledge in teachers’ pay. “No one had done it this way, but we did,” Abed commented. Innovation is one of BRAC’s core values, and there is no shortage of examples of how this looks in action. Abed closed his comments by reflecting on the many opportunities for innovation in the current global context, with particular excitement about gains that could be realized in education with creative usage of technology and expanding connectivity.

Few places in the world have a more apparent need for creativity in development than Bangladesh. At once a success story of economic growth, entrepreneurship, and public-private approaches to building durable strategies for providing social services, it continues to face a host of complex and significant changes: climate change, rapid rates of urban migration, to name just a few. Bangladesh must grapple with the growing economic and social inequalities, and mobile populations that challenge traditional delivery models for everything from TB treatment to microfinance. BRAC can be a leader in identifying ways to adapt and continue to combat poverty in the midst of these changes. And with its expanding presence abroad, there are increasing opportunities to translate these local innovations to new contexts. With 2.5 billion people still living on under US $2 a day, the necessity remains quite palpable.

With these possibilities in mind, the newly formed Social Innovation Lab team made a short presentation to further describe the state of innovation at BRAC. They called attention to how the organization has evolved over time to manage the incredible scale and scope of its activities—in introducing the necessary processes and specialized units that this operation requires, barriers to encouraging, testing, and evaluating innovative ideas have inadvertently cropped up. This is particularly true for dialog across programs, leading to missed opportunities to effectively harness the full magnitude of experience and wisdom at BRAC. In addition, there is often limited time to examine how others, in Bangladesh and abroad, are tackling dimensions of poverty, or to keep up with the ever-advancing state of knowledge, technology and research and global priorities. Innovation is a crucial competency to maintain, to continue to effectively combat poverty and sustain the energy and excitement of the caliber and talent of individuals that have built the BRAC that exists today.

How can a massive organization practice innovation? BRAC has been reflecting on how to ensure that its investment in innovation matches the scale of its operations, and out of these conversations, the initial idea of a “Social Innovation Lab” was conceived. Housed in the Communications Department, this unit will seek to institutionalize innovation at BRAC and create an accessible space for all where ideas are shared, generated and nurtured. It will support programs in identifying existing innovations, running pilot programs, and facilitating dissemination of experiences, as well as seeking new partners with promising solutions to work with BRAC in tackling complex issues. Through its activities, the Social Innovation Lab will build program capacity for managing internal innovation and foster cross-program and organization-wide dialog and support for new ideas on how to advance BRAC’s mission. Already, a variety of exciting opportunities are emerging for consideration, from better serving “floating people” (transient slum dwellers) in urban areas, to utilizing technology for effective data utilization in integrated initiatives, to exploring reproductive health for adolescents to adopting an innovative model of private high schools from Kenya. The Social Innovation Lab will evaluate these proposals and their overall alignment with BRAC’s strategy and activities, and work with the programs to prioritize which to pursue. Many more exciting suggestions were offered by BRAC staff who attended the event, confirming that there is a wealth of innovative spirit and potential to harness and build on.
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