Our Vision

A world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.  

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programmes that enable men and women to realise their potential.



BRAC believes that poverty is a system and its underlying causes are manifold and interlinked. Some of these linkages are obvious, for example, a day’s wage forgone because of illness or resources lost to a natural disaster. Others play a more indirect role in perpetuating poverty, such as lack of awareness about laws and rights can lead not only to outright exploitation, but also encourage a lack of accountability on the part of the state to cater to its most vulnerable citizens.

In order for the poor to come out of poverty, they must have the tools to fight it across all fronts. We have, therefore, developed support services in the areas of human rights and social empowerment, education and health, economic empowerment and enterprise development, livelihood training, environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness.

We operate social enterprises that are strategically connected to our development programmes, and form crucial value chain linkages which increase the productivity of our members’ assets and labour, and reduce risks of their enterprises. These enterprises, ranging from agriculture to handicrafts, also help to make us increasingly self-reliant.

Gender equality, respect for the environment and inclusivity are themes crosscutting all of our activities.

To ensure that we are always learning and that our work is always relevant, we have put in place training, research and monitoring systems across all our activities and financial checks and balances in the form of audits. As a knowledge centre, we have opened our doors to the wider public in an effort to develop national capacity in Bangladesh through BRAC University.

But what we really do is best portrayed in the true life stories of those who make the real changes.
















SN Kairy

Chief Financial Officer,
BRAC and BRAC International

Asif Saleh

Senior Director
Strategy, Communication and Empowerment,
BRAC and BRAC International



Abdul Bayes

Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC

Anna Minj

Community Empowerment, BRAC
Integrated Development, BRAC
Targeting the Ultra Poor, BRAC

Kaosar Afsana

Health, Nutrition and Population Programme, BRAC

Md Akramul Islam

Tuberculosis and Malaria Control, BRAC
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), BRAC


Sheepa Hafiza

Gender Justice and Diversity, BRAC
Migration Programme, BRAC


2015World Toilet Organization Hall of Fame AwardBRAC
Global Justice Innovation AwardBRAC
Trust Women Hero AwardSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
Spanish Order of Civil MeritSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Princeton UniversitySir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
Leo Tolstoy International Gold MedalSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
2013World Justice Project Rule of Law AwardBRAC
Central European University Open Society PrizeSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
2012Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa, The University of ManchesterSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
2011Inaugural WISE Prize for EducationSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
2010Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, University of BathSir Fazle Hasan Abed, KCMG
2009Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)Fazle Hasan Abed
Entrepreneur for the World Award (in Social Entrepreneur category)Fazle Hasan Abed
Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of OxfordFazle Hasan Abed
Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Rikkyo UniversityFazle Hasan Abed
SAFA Best Presented Accounts and Corporate Governance Disclosures AwardBRAC
ICAB National Award for Best Published Accounts and ReportsBRAC
2008Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian PrizeBRAC
David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership AwardFazle Hasan Abed
Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Columbia UniversityFazle Hasan Abed
SAFA Best Presented Accounts AwardBRAC
ICAB National Award for Best Published Accounts and ReportsBRAC
2007Bangladesh Swadhinota Puroshkar (Independence Award)BRAC
Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen AwardFazle Hasan Abed
Stop TB Partnership Kochon PrizeBRAC
Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Yale UniversityFazle Hasan Abed
Henry R Kravis Prize in LeadershipFazle Hasan Abed
Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Lifetime Achievement in Social Development and Poverty AlleviationFazle Hasan Abed
SAFA Best Presented Accounts AwardBRAC
ICAB National Award for Best Published Accounts and ReportsBRAC
2006CGAP Financial Transparency AwardBRAC
SAFA Best Presented Accounts AwardBRAC
ICAB National Award for Best Published Accounts and ReportsBRAC
2004UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human DevelopmentFazle Hasan Abed
Gates Award for Global HealthBRAC / Fazle Hasan Abed
ICAB National Award for Best Published Accounts and ReportsBRAC
2003Honorary Doctorate in Education, The University of ManchesterFazle Hasan Abed
Gleitsman Foundation International Activist AwardFazle Hasan Abed
Recognised as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation for Social EntrepreneurshipFazle Hasan Abed / BRAC
2001Olof Palme PrizeFazle Hasan Abed
1998InterAction (American Council for Voluntary International Action) Humanitarian AwardFazle Hasan Abed
1994Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Queen's University at KingstonFazle Hasan Abed
1992UNICEF Maurice Pate AwardBRAC
1990Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger AwardBRAC
1985UNESCO Noma Prize for Meritorious Work in Literacy (Honourable Mention)BRAC
1980Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community LeadershipFazle Hasan Abed


BRAC believes that poverty is a system and its underlying causes are manifold and interlinked

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