Who We Are : Evolution
- The Organisation then known as Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee
- (BRAC) begins relief and rehabilitation operations in Sulla, Sylhet, following the end of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation.
- Activities transform from relief and rehabilitation to long term community development
- BRAC is renamed Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee
- Relief work is started among famine and flood victims of Roumari, Kurigram
- BRAC begins microfinance activities
- Emphasis is placed on staff training and the first Learning Centre (BLC) is established in Savar
- The Sericulture Programme is started to generate employment for poor women in Manikganj and a handicraft marketing outlet, Aarong, is set up
- The Rural Outreach Programme is initiated
- The Rural Credit and Training Programme is launched
- The Oral Therapy Extension Programme is launched to combat diarrhoea
- The Poultry Vaccination Programme is initiated
- BRAC's Non Formal Primary Education Programme (NFPE) is started
- The Livestock Programme is initiated
- The Rural Enterprise Project is launched
- The Income Generation for Vulnerable Group Development (IGVGD) programme is launched
- Phase II of the Rural Development Programme commences
- The Sustainable Rural Credit Programme is initiated
- A Management Development Programme is set up
- The Women's Health Development Programme commences
- A Women's Advisory Committee is set up
- A Centre for Development Management (CDM) is established
- Phase 3 of the Rural Development Programme commences.
- Adolescent Reading Centres are opened
- BRAC’s Non Formal Primary Education Programme is replicated in Africa
- BRAC Adult Literacy Centres are opened
- A Gender Quality Action Learning (GQAL) and a Gender Resource Centre (GRC) are set up
- The Continuing Education (CE) programme is started.
- BRAC Health Centres (Shushasthyas) are established
- Phase IV of the Rural Development Programme commences
- The Micro Enterprise Lending and Assistance (MELA) programme is launched
- Development programme started in urban areas
- BRAC’s Gender Policy is launched.
- The BRAC Information Technology Institute is launched
- The Adolescent Peer Organised Network (APON) courses are created
- BRAC registers in Pakistan as an NGO and begins programmes.
- BRAC started providing technical assistance to an NGO in Indonesia for post-Tsunami rehabilitation and microfinance.
- BRAC Education Programme initiates pilot programme for capacity building of Government and registered non-government primary schools in 20 sub-districts
- BRAC registers in Sierra Leone and Liberia
- BRAC Africa Loan Fund is created to provide local currency debt financing to BRAC’s microfinance programmes in Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan
- BRAC continue supporting the long-term rehabilitation of the cyclone Aila victims.
- A foundation called Stichting BRAC International formed at the Hague, the Netherlands.
- BRAC launched a groundbreaking credit scheme for sharecroppers.
- BRAC developed Alive and Thrive programme to increase exclusive breastfeeding.
- Sir Fazle Hasan Abed receives WISE Prize for outstanding achievement in the education sector
- Launched boat-schools to provide the children living in remote and/or waterlogged areas
- Designed Model Disaster Resilient Habitat (DRH) in the southern part of Bangladesh
- Launched iCRESS, a technological intervention for better delivery of human rights services
Innovations over the Decades
Functional education - Life skills development education for adults that helps to build solidarity, create a savings mentality and prepare people for new income generation
Village Organisations (VO)s - The most effective medium for catalysing change in disadvantaged communities
Para-professionals - Pioneering models for vaccinators, community health workers and ‘barefoot lawyers’ that provide incentive based jobs for those ready to serve their own communities
Homemade Oral Rehydration Solution Campaign - A groundbreaking campaign in which 13 million households in Bangladesh learned how to make oral saline at home – a lesson that continues to save millions of lives from diarrhoea
Incentive Salary System – A result oriented incentive package that measures effectiveness of and compensates our community workers and volunteers accordingly
Education for dropouts and non entrants - Our own primary schools that help disadvantaged children make successful transitions to formal schools
Enterprises for value chain support - An integrated network of our development programmes, enterprises and investments that result in a unique synergy that supports our holistic approach for alleviating poverty
Directly observed treatment (DOT) for TB control - An effective treatment method for tuberculosis, a result of our incentive based salary system for community health workers, ensuring patients’ daily intake of medicine for six months or more
Credit ++ approach - An integrated set of services for the landless poor, marginal farmers and small entrepreneurs working together to strengthen the supply chain of the enterprises in which our microfinance borrowers invest
Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents – A range of initiatives to empower adolescents, including skills training, social development and micro-loans for their future business
Adolescent Clubs – Safe spaces where peer-driven intervention for adolescents enhance their personal growth and social skills
Pre primary schools - Our own pre primary schools where we prepare underprivileged children to enter mainstream primary schools
Hybrid maize - A pioneer venture to commercialise corn harvesting, which plays a key role in making farmers shift from traditional single cropping to multiple cropping to maximise land usage during idle seasons
Popular theatre - A traditional platform became an effective communication medium to advocate for social changes in rural communities, particularly to the illiterate
Artificial inseminators - We transformed over 2,000 rural poor into entrepreneurs with an innovative livelihood opportunity: providing fee based ‘door to door’ artificial insemination and education services for livestock farmers
Sharecroppers’ scheme – A phenomenal initiative to offer soft loans for tenant farmers (sharecroppers) with a specially tailored recovery plan
Challenging the frontiers of poverty reduction – A unique model focusing on extremely deprived women to improve their economic and social situations, allowing ultra poor households to graduate from extreme poverty and enter mainstream development programmes
Birthing huts – Safe and culturally accepted childbirth places with appropriate services for mothers in urban slums
M-health services - A mobile based platform that community health workers use to collect data and provide a range of real time automated services such as storing patient records, categorising and assessing medical risks, prioritising medical responses and monitoring referrals
Unique management Model - A unique management model that focuses on internal control without suffocating creativity, runs our large scale interventions cost effectively, and enables us to constantly learn from the communities we serve across the world