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GSMA Women grants BDT 14 million of Innovation Fund to BRAC
15 April 2014, Dhaka. The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) mWomen programme based in London announced BRAC as one of its Innovation Fund grant recipients on 11 April 2014. The grant is for BDT 14 million. This fund will launch a mobile service for adolescent girls to develop their English skills to improve their employment prospects. BRAC will partner with Robi Axiata and the British Council in Bangladesh to launch the service. 3,000 adolescent girls from BRAC Adolescent Development Pr......Read More

LANSA calls for women’s empowerment and harmonised policy action for making agriculture more nutrition-sensitive at a workshop held by BRAC
"Nearly half the population in South Asia depends on agriculture, yet the potential of agriculture to reduce malnutrition in this region has not been well recognised." This was a message that emerged from a daylong workshop and open forum organised by BRAC Research and Evaluation Division (RED)on 7 April at BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium, Dhaka. BRAC is one of the key partners of the international research programme consortium titled Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA). The wo......Read More

BRAC awards Bangladesh police driving certificates
7 April 2014, Dhaka. Twenty officials from the Bangladesh police received certificates today, 7 April 2014, on the completion of their driving training from BRAC Driving School. This successful first batch of Bangladesh police has finished a rigorous five weeks of driving training. The event to recognise their achievement was held from3.30-5pm at BRAC Learning Centre (BLC) in Uttara, Dhaka. Over 95 percent of all road accidents are caused by human errors and most of them are preventable. An ave......Read More

BRAC launches innovation fund to make mobile money work for the poor
On March 30, 2014 BRAC officially launched the BRAC innovation fund for mobile money at the Frugal Innovation Forum: Scaling Digitally in Savar, Bangladesh. BRAC is experimenting with transitioning from cash and exploring new development strategies enabled by mobile money with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Asif Saleh, BRAC Senior Director of Strategy, Communication and Capacity shared his thoughts, "Often NGOs lack the space to take risk and innovate. Therefore adoption of n......Read More

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed named one of the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine
The US-based Fortune magazine has named BRAC founder and chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in its list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. The list, which features leaders from politics and religion to corporate CEOs and heads of civil society organizations, features the BRAC founder at number 32. The top five positions on the list are held by Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, US investor Warren Buffet and former US President Bill Clinton. Other no......Read More

Perspectives on Women’s Rights: Feminist Voices from Bangladesh
29 March 2014, Dhaka. Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR) in partnership with South Asian Feminist Alliance (SAFA) and BRAC hosted a public event, Feminist Voices from Bangladesh on Saturday, 29 March, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m at the BRAC Centre Inn Auditorium, 75 Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Eminent feminists Rokeya Kabir, Salma Khan, Khushi Kabir, Sara Hossain, Farida Akhter, Shireen Huq, Anna Minj and Moni Rani Das shared their perspectives on feminism, their pers......Read More

BRAC USA announces renewed push for Bangladesh garment workers
$5 million raised for newly launched Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund for rehabilitation of garment workers, victim support, and awareness of workplace safetyDonate directly to the Bangladesh Humanitarian FundNEW YORK, NY - As the one-year anniversary of the Bangladesh Rana Plaza building collapse approaches, BRAC USA, the North American affiliate of BRAC, announced today a multi-year fundraising initiative to ensure that progress continues on humanitarian aid and support for workers in Bangladesh's......Read More

BRAC gives media awards to 24 journalists and three media houses
24 March 2014, Dhaka. In recognition of mass media's valuable contribution to raising awareness about tuberculosis and its treatment, BRAC held the Media Award on Tuberculosis 2014 on Monday, 24 March, which is also International Tuberculosis Day. Twenty-four journalists from national and local newspapers and three media houses received this award for their outstanding efforts in covering the issue at the event held at BRAC Centre, Dhaka.] Joint editor of the Daily Samakal Rashid-un-nabi Babu, ......Read More

Community girls’ schools launched in Sierra Leone
23 March 2014, Dhaka. On 17 March 2014, BRAC formally launched community girls' schools all over Sierra Leone. Currently, one school has been opened in each of the 12 out of 14 districts that BRAC is currently working in, with the aim to open in the other two districts by 25 March 2014. The initiative is a major component of the Girls Education Challenge project, funded by DFID. BRAC is providing education to over 7,500 girls who are marginalised and have dropped out of the formal education sy......Read More

‘Impact assessment of credit programme for tenant farmers’ workshop
16 March 2014, Dhaka. Based on the findings of the impact assessment of the credit programme for tenant farmers, a national level workshop was held on Saturday, 15 March 2014 at the BRAC centre auditorium.Since its establishment in December 2009, the tenant farmer development project - funded by Bangladesh Bank - provides credit and other support for tenant farmers.The event was attended by the governor of Bangladesh Bank, Dr Atiur Rahman, as the chief guest and chaired by Dr Mahabub Hossain, ad......Read More

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