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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

The agriculture-nutrition linkage is crucial
Researchers, policymakers and implementers collectively stressed on the importance of agriculture in improving nutrition at the "Leveraging agriculture for nutrition in Bangladesh" research dissemination seminar held at BRAC Centre INN today. This knowledge sharing event was organised by BRAC as the Bangladesh partner of the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA), which is an international research consortium funded by the UK government's Department for International Develo......Read More

Establishment of an independent land commission recommended
Speakers urged the government to set up an independent land commission to ensure improved services for citizens, especially for women and minorities, at a policy dialogue organised by BRAC. The policy dialogue titled, 'Institutional and social barriers for women and marginalised communities to access land and property rights' took place on 15 June 2015, at BRAC Centre. The event was moderated by BRAC's executive director, Dr Muhammad Musa. "An umbrella land services authority needs to be estab......Read More

LGED and BRAC launches Community Road Safety Programme
On 18 May 2015, the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) and BRAC's community road safety programme signed an agreement to pilot a two year long road safety awareness programme in the upazillas of Teknaf and Ukhyia in Cox's Bazar and Sreepur and Kapashia in Gazipur. This endeavour is a component of LGED's Second Rural Transport Improvement Project (RTIP-II) which is funded by the World Bank. As per the World Health Organization, 18,000 Bangladeshis lose their lives every year due to r......Read More

BRAC announces USD 1.5 million contribution to Nepal
BRAC, the international NGO based in Bangladesh, announces contribution of USD 1 million from its fund to Nepal earthquake victims. In addition to this, BRAC Bangladesh, BRAC Bank and BRAC University staff will contribute their one-day basic salary, which is USD 300,000 in total. BRAC Social Enterprises will also contribute another USD 200,000, totalling BRAC's contribution to Nepal to USD 1.5 million. Moreover, BRAC already took initiative to mobilise USD 15 million from international donors.......Read More

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