Stay Informed: BRAC in the Media

Graduating from destitution
The Economist article
01 August 2015
THE poor do not just lack money. They are also often short of basic
know-how, the support of functioning institutions and faith in their own abilities. As a result, note Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their book, "Poor Economics", published in 2004, it takes "that much more skill, willpower and commitment" for the poor to get ahead. No wonder escaping extreme poverty--usually defined as livi......Read More

School enrollment alone won’t fight poverty, warns Brac founder
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of Brac, has urged a
shift in focus from school enrollment to quality of learning. Credit:
Brac
A Philanthropy Age article. 29 July, 2015 IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION ON OFFER TO CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING NATIONS WILL BE A KEY FACTOR IN EFFORTS TO ERADICATE GLOBAL POVERTY, THE FOUNDER OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATION SAID. Investment in school systems rather than a narrow focus on enrollment numbers will be ......Read More

African schoolgirls: dropped out, but not left behind


We face tremendous problems keeping girls in school as they transition
through adolescence. In Sierra Leone, 30% of reported rapes take place in the school environment, and a recent ruling banned "visibly pregnant" girls from school. When the school itself becomes a hostile setting, it should come as no surprise that dropout rates shoot up. Education programmes tend to fall short when it comes to dropouts. Brac schools have raised primary and pre-primary enrolment rates in six ......Read More

Which aid relief charities spend the most on fundraising?
Thomson Reuters Foundation article by Tom Esslemont
15 July 2015

A Kurdish refugee boy from the Syrian town of Kobani holds onto a fence that surrounds a refugee camp in the border town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis* Race to raise aid money fuels more spending on fundraising * Charities under more pressure to reveal their spending By Tom Esslemont LONDON, July 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the business of international aid booms, ......Read More

BD to get rid of hunger by 2030
A Bangladesh Today article
18 June, 2015 Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on Sunday said
Bangladesh is going to get rid of hunger by 2030 as it is marching
ahead economically, reports UNB. "We do hope we'll be to build Bangladesh as a country free from hunger by 2030 while the world has set a target to remove its poverty before the end of the century," he told a discussion in the capital. BRAC, a leading non-government organisation, arranged the discussion on 'Eradicating Ext......Read More

Food Safety in Bangladesh: Current Scenario, Challenges and Prospects
A Directorate General of Health Services article by Dr. Kaosar Afsana
7 April 2015

Did you recently take fruits to your relative's house who was sick? And are you thinking about buying large fish from your favorite superstore to entertain your guest at coming weekend's dinner? Or maybe you will return home this evening with lots of sweets to celebrate the good result of your kid. All the activities that have been mentioned are actually very common in our society and they bring s......Read More

The English and Information Technology for Adolescents (EITA) project
A UNESCO Bangkok article by Andrew Jones and Mostofa Mohiuddin
24 March 2015

A British Council mobile learning programme has evolved out of a project delivered in partnership with BRAC. The English and Information Technology for Adolescents (EITA) project develops English communicative and IT skills to adolescent girls from rural poor areas of Bangladesh. This is achieved by girls accessing British Council learning content through netbooks and sessions taking place in the safe an......Read More

BRAC enters sanitation Hall of Fame
At the 14th World Toilet Summit 2015, BRAC received the "Hall of Fame
Award" for significant contributions to the sanitation sector in
Bangladesh.
On 20 January, BRAC received the "Hall of Fame Award" for significant contributions to the sanitation sector in Bangladesh. The award was handed to Dr. Akramul Islam at the 14th World Toilet Summit 2015 in Delhi by Dr. Subramanian Swamy MP, Former Minister of India, and Jack Sim Founder of the World Toilet Organization. Minister Devend......Read More

Sharing successes and future strategy of the BRAC WASH Programme in dissemination workshop
We have started the final year for reaching the Millennium Development
Goals, including the one aiming to provide safe water for and access
to sanitation for half the world population. The Water, Sanitation and
Hygiene (WASH) programme of BRAC is one of the largest sanitation implementation programmes in the world working successfully towards reaching that goal in Bangladesh. BRAC WASH Programme director Dr Akramul Islam used a dissemination workshop to share results as well as ch......Read More

600 trained to reach out to the unreachable
As many as 600 volunteers were imparted training to reach out to women
of childbearing age, who otherwise have no access to healthcare
centres, and for improving access to healthcare for mothers and
children. In collaboration with a multinational company, the BRAC Pakistan has provided training to more than 600 volunteer women belonging to Pakpattan, Sahiwal and Sukkur districts. The volunteer women from marginalized communities attended awareness workshops on mother and child h......Read More

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