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Debating for the right cause
30 August, 2015 The finale of BRAC Uganda's Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) programme debate competition was held in Metropole hotel in Kampala on 25 August 2015. ELA uses debate as a technique to engage girls in critical thinking and problem solving in their communities. At the beginning of the year, under the ELA programme, debate trainings were conducted where 8,310 girls competed within their clubs. From this, 1,385 girls went on to compete at the branch level, of which ......Read More

BRAC commits to protest violence and sexual harassment against women and girls every month
27 August 2015, Dhaka. On 14 April 2015 during the pohela boishakh celebrations around 20 women and girls were sexually abused in Dhaka University's TSC and Suhrawardy Udyan gate areas. Similar kind of incidents took place in different parts of the country on the same day, stirring the entire nation. Practices like child marriage, dowry and violence against women and girls are issues that Bangladesh continues to struggle with. A national survey carried out by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics......Read More

Bangladesh achieves the highest level of breastfeeding and the greatest increase in complementary feeding
26 August 2015, Dhaka. Interpersonal contact between healthcare workers and mothers have produced a large scale improvement in infant and young child feeding programme and in hand washing habits, said speakers at a seminar yesterday.Referring to a baseline and an endline survey conducted in 2010 and 2014 respectively in 50 sub-districts where community-based Alive & Thrive programme was implemented by BRAC, they said exclusive breastfeeding went up to 88 per cent from 48, and the percentage of m......Read More

Road Safety Press Release
"It was not an accident, it was a murder"- speakers at the Road Safety Dialogue in remembrance of Tareque Masud, Mishuk Munier Vehicle without fitness, lack of road safety awareness and drivers without license are the major reasons of road accidents in Bangladesh, said speakers at the "Road Safety: A dialogue" held at Dhaka University premise. The seminar was jointly organised by BRAC and Tareque Masud Memorial Trust at the Road Safety Memorial. Present as a speaker, Professor Dr A A M S Ar......Read More

Minimum age of marriage for girls should be 18
28 July 2015, Dhaka. At the seminar on 'Way forward to stop child marriage', experts demanded that the minimum age for marriage should be kept18 years. The seminar, organised by BRAC on 28 July 2015, was attended by government representatives, local representatives, Nikah registrars (kazis), religious leaders (Imams), and representatives from human rights organisations, non-government organisations and media. Sheepa Hafiza, director of BRAC's gender justice and diversity and migration programm......Read More

We mourn
08 July 2015, Dhaka. BRAC deeply mourns at the sad demise of Syed Humayun Kabir, a founding member and former chairperson of BRAC governing body. He passed away yesterday, July 7, 2015 at 6:36 PM, at Apollo Hospital, Dhaka at the age of 83. He was suffering from pneumonia. He was BRAC's governing body member since 1972. He was the chairman of Renata Limited and trustee of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). He founded Sajida Foundation, an organisation to serve the poor in peri-urban areas. He......Read More

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed receives World Food Prize
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC's founder and chairperson, was announced as the winner of the 41st annual World Food Prize on 1 July 2015. Sir Fazle has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to enhancing the world's production and distribution of food to those most in need. Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, announced this year's winner at a ceremony at the State Department in Washington, DC. The Prize, which includes an award of USD 250,000, has be......Read More

BRAC makes significant contributions to reach Millennium Development Goals
BRAC has made significant contributions in attaining Millennium Development Goal (MDG) that have been set to achieve by 2015-said speakers at BRAC's annual report 2014 launch. The event was held on 23 June 2015 at BRAC centre at Mohakhali. Bangladesh is on track in achieving the 5 of the 8 MDGs. The country has made remarkable progress in the areas of poverty alleviation, primary school enrolment, gender parity in primary education, lowering the infant and under-five mortality rate and materna......Read More

Dr Muhammad Musa appointed as the new executive director of BRAC
Dr Muhammad Musa has been appointed as the new executive director of BRAC, the largest development organisation in the world. Dr Musa is a veteran development practitioner whose career spanned in different parts of the world in Asia, Africa and North America over a period of 32 years. Immediately prior to joining BRAC, he was the CEO of CARE India and represented the country at the global board of CARE International. Dr Musa has a masters in public health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, ......Read More

Allocation of GDP for education goes down by BDT 6162 crore for FY 2015-16
The education budget for the FY 2015-2016 stands at 1.8 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) compared to the last FY which was 2.2 per cent, said experts at a national seminar held today. The net worth of the reduced amount stands BDT 6162 crore. The national seminar titled "Quality Education for Next Generation" was jointly organised by BRAC and Institute for Informatics and Development (IID) at BRAC Centre Inn. In the keynote presentation, Syeed Ahmed from IID highlighted although th......Read More

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