BRAC Joins Founding Members of New USAID Network to Spur Innovation in Development

PRWeb article
14 November 2012

A tradition of testing, scaling-up, and sharing new solutions with partners around the world continues at BRAC.

The U.S. Agency for International Development recently launched the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), a $130 million, five-year initiative that counts BRAC among its founding partners.

Seven top universities around from around the world will establish development labs that will engage academics and students along with a broader community around the world, including BRAC, to collaboratively seek out, test, and scale-up accessible, efficient, and results-driven development solutions.

“BRAC is committed to innovation, solving the problems of the most vulnerable, and rigorous learning from failures and successes,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of BRAC USA. “Scale is also a hallmark of BRAC’s solutions, whether scaling up or scaling across different contexts. Our scale would not be possible without partnerships, and BRAC is keen to play a supportive role as part of the Higher Education Solutions Network.”

BRAC’s participation in the network leverages its existing collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action. Other universities participating at launch include: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California – Berkeley, Michigan State University, Duke University, Texas A&M University, The College of William & Mary, and Makerere University in Uganda.

Other non-university partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Lemelson Foundation, PATH International, Omidyar Network, Microsoft, Intel,, the Aga Khan Foundation, and Innovations for Poverty Action.

HESN will seek to build local resilience to development challenges, transform economic and political systems, and invent ways to improve quality of life. As the world’s largest development organization, BRAC has a 40-year track record of innovations to end poverty and looks forward to working within the HESN family of organizations to further the spread of development knowledge.

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