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The additional secretary Government of Sindh and the head of curriculum wing of Sindh, Dr. Fauzia Khan, inaugurated a BRAC Primary school in Baldia Town, Karachi.

BRAC in Pakistan, with financial support from DFID, has established 300 non-formal schools for out-of-school, marginalised children in April 2017. 9,000 learners have been enrolled in Karachi, Khairpur and Kambar Shahdadkot districts of Sindh province.

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During the opening ceremony of the school, Dr. Khan appreciated BRAC's efforts to provide education to out-of-school children, especially girls. She addressed the community and parents, and she encouraged learners to put their heart and mind in their studies. She also welcomed new admissions to the school and met with the school management committee members. “This project will significantly improve the net enrolment rate of Sindh province," she exclaimed, and pledged to extended the full support of the Government of Sindh for the capacity building of BRAC’s teachers.

BRAC in Pakistan has started 1,500 primary schools and enrolled 46,566 out-of-school children in the rural and urban slum areas of Sindh. 5,493 learners were successfully graduated and mainstreamed into middle schools with the help of the Education and Literacy department of the Government of Sindh.

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BRAC announced five winners for bringing innovative solutions to the growing challenges faced by the people living in cities across Bangladesh. The mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), Annisul Huq, announced the winners at an event organised at BRAC Centre today (7 May 2017).

Praising the initiative he said, “It’s wonderful to see the youth coming up with so many innovative ideas for the country. I really appreciate BRAC’s effort in creating a space and scope to incubate these innovations.” He also added, “The city corporation is always ready to support the new innovators to bring their ideas into effective solutions. We are hopeful for the results. Thanks to all the participants who joined the competition.”

Launched in October 2016, the competition created a platform for innovators, young entrepreneurs and university students to offer their solutions to the growing problems in urban areas. The three specific problem areas were: health, transportation and informal sector employment. The goal is to find the best ideas in Bangladesh and support innovators to build them into sustainable social enterprise models.

Around 600 applicants registered for the competition. 33 were short-listed for submitting full proposals. 13 teams were selected for the final round.

A jury of 5 experts including development practitioners and investors assessed the proposals on sustainability, relevance and human centricity of the design. Five teams are finally selected as winners. The winning teams are: Bhumijo and Bloodman in health category, Driver Mela and Servicing Campus in employment category and Amar Bike in transport category.

Winners will build their prototypes and test them in the field with BRAC in the next six months. They will receive mentoring, skills development and support, as well as a grant amount up to BDT 5 lac and linkage to potential investors.

The runners up of the competition are HealthSoc and The Neem Squad in health category, BlueSynaps, Team B and Unigigg in employment category and Barisal-1 and SmartTraffic in transport category. Identity Inclusion got special mention in health category.

Present as special guest, Executive Chairman of PPRC Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman said, “Innovation always works when there is an ecosystem. Innovative mind-set is another essential component of this system. I am happy that the competition was not Dhaka based, rather it was Bangladesh based, which proves that innovative mind-set is everywhere. We just need to give them a platform. The Urban Innovation Challenge not only ensured that platform but it also helped to produce responsible citizenship.”

In the concluding remarks, BRAC’s senior director Mr Asif Saleh said, “With our experience from the last 45 years, we can guide the young innovators to bring their ideas into a sustainable solutions. In order to do so, all of us the innovators, the mentors and the investors have to work together.”

Shout-Daily Star partnered the Urban Innovation challenge for youth engagement, Radio Shadhin for radio engagement, Beatnik for digital engagement and IDEO.ORG for knowledge management.

This competition was a part of BRAC’s newly launched urban development programme which focuses on improved service delivery, mobilisation and governance.

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 00:00

Sphere Standards Review

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BRAC Uganda’s Emergency Response Programme organised a consultation workshop to review the Sphere Standards in Uganda on 12 April 2017, at Africana Hotel in Kampala.

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BRAC convened the meeting of development partners in Uganda, including UNDP, Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), War Child, Mercy Corps, Caritas and Catholic Relief Services, to share experiences from across different development sectors – food security and nutrition, WASH and health, shelter and non-food items, as part of a review exercise that will eventually feed into the overall global revision of the Sphere Handbook 2018 edition. According to the Sphere Project website, the year-long review and revision process offers opportunities for all users across the globe to engage and participate in the Handbook’s revision.

The Sphere Standards are the collective minimum set of principles that humanitarian actors agree to be guided by and harmonise the interpretation and execution of various interventions. The Standards stem from the Sphere Project - a voluntary initiative that brings a wide range of humanitarian agencies together around a common aim - to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations.

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BRAC expressed today that it supports the demand of local communities for authorities to postpone the leases of haor waterbodies for one year and allow people affected by the current flooding to continue open-water fishing.

BRAC organised the press conference titled 'Haor crisis and our responsibilities' today on Wednesday (26 April 2017) at the Sagar-Runi Auditorium of Dhaka Reporter's Unity. BRAC arranged the press conference focusing on the responsibilities and plans to address the crisis on a long-term basis.

Joya Sengupta, lawmaker from the Sunamganj-2 constituency, Gawher Nayeem Wahra, director, BRAC Disaster Management and Climate Change programme, and KAM Morshed, director, Advocacy for Social Change, were present at the press conference. Representatives from the grassroots development organisations were also present at the event including, Nazmul Haque, executive director, Institute of Development Affairs (IEDA), MH Talha Chowdhury, executive director, Upama - Unnayan Parikalpanay Manush, and Muhammed Musa, executive director, Chetona Paribesh O Manob Unnayan Sangstha, Faruq Ahmed, chairman, Ashtogram union council, and Bidhan Chandra Chowdhury, chairman, Sulla union council.

Jaya Sengupta said, ‘The Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief has already started distributing relief in the haor area. We want other organisations to come forward to the aid of the affected people as BRAC is doing.’ She further warned that if the Water Development Board fails to take immediate measures to solve the waterlogging problem of the haor area such crises will return again.

Gawher Nayeem Wahra said, 'BRAC has already undertaken an emergency relief initiative for the five haor districts. Our initiative comprises distribution of fodder to 7,000 families and immediate assistance for 50 thousand families worth BDT 15 crore, but relief is not enough to solve this crisis. We need long-term planning with pragmatic solutions.'

Local public representatives expressed deep concern over the distribution of relief, saying that many people cannot collect the relief as they have not been properly informed of the time and place of distribution. They also demanded more budget allocation to ensure proper rehabilitation of those affected.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 00:00

10 journalists get Migration Media Award

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Ten media professionals received Migration Media Award 2016, an initiative of BRAC to recognise the media’s role in promoting safe migration through objective journalism. The awards were given at a ceremony organised today on Wednesday (12 April 2017) at the BRAC Centre in the Dhaka city.

The awardees are:

Print media – 1st – Belal Hossen Biplob, The Daily Star; 2nd - Adil Sakhawat, Dhaka Tribune; 3rd - Abu Jor Ansar Uddin Ahamod, The Daily Samakal.
Television report – 1st – Mashrequl Islam Rahat, Maasranga TV; 2nd – Sabina Yesmin, ATN News; 3rd – Meraj Hossen Gazi, Bangla Vision.
Television programme – 1st – Hassan Ahamed Chowdhury Kiron, for programme telecast on ATN Bangla.
Radio – 1st – Md Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh Betar.
Online – 1st – Md Shariful Islam Hasan, Daily Prothom Alo.
Local journalism – 1st – Faruque Ahmad, Trishal upazila correspondent, The Daily Ittefaq.

Additional secretary to the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Jabed Ahmed attended the event as the chief guest with BRAC executive director Dr Muhammad Musa in chair. Noted writer and researcher Syed Abul Muksud was present as the special guest. The jury board members Syed Ishtiaque Reza, director news, 71 TV, Robaet Ferdous, associate professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Dhaka University, KM Ali Reza, deputy chief, Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, and Jasiya Khatoon, director, WARBE-DF, were also present. BRAC Senior director for strategy, communication and empowerment Asif Saleh moderated the event.

Additional secretary Jabed Ahmed said, ‘The government wants everyone who seeks to work abroad has skill training before migrating. But it is not easy, it is a challenging task.’

Writer and researcher Syed Abul Muksud said, ‘We should not blame the government for all that are going wrong with the migrant workers. To solve the issues the government along with individuals, civil society, recruiting agencies, NGOs and representatives from the international NGOs needs to work hand in hand.’

BRAC ED Dr Muhammad Musa called on the media professionals to focus in their work all the sides of the migrant workers’ life right from the pre-departure situations to their effort to reintegrate into the society after coming back home. Hassan Imam, programme head, BRAC Migration Programme, in his keynote paper also said the media can play an even more effective role by giving coverage to the issues migrant workers or those aspiring to go abroad face at all the phases including the realities they deal with after they return.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

BRAC International financial statement

The internal audit department normally conducts audits at all our cost centres on a sample basis. All departments or units in which irregularities are detected through the course of normal internal audit are then audited. Audits take place at least once a year and twice or more in locations and on programmes where a closer watch is warranted.

External audit of Stichting BRAC International, BRAC International Holdings B.V. and all of our legal entities are undertaken annually. Financial transparency is ensured by BRAC International’s finance and accounts division, which prepares financial statements following the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and relevant countries’ laws.

BRAC International strives for excellence and transparency in financial reporting. In Uganda, BRAC has been recognised as the best NGO in the Financial Reporting Awards in both 2011 and 2012. It received the first runner-up award in the same category in 2013 and 2014, for its preparation, disclosure and maintenance of a commendable financial reporting platform.

Audit Reports:

Stichting BRAC International

Consolidated financial statement 2016
Consolidated financial statement 2015
Consolidated financial statement 2014
Consolidated financial statement 2013
Consolidated financial statement 2012


BRAC International Holdings BV

Consolidated financial statement 2016
Consolidated financial statement 2015
Consolidated financial statement 2014
Consolidated financial statement 2013
Consolidated financial statement 2012

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

BRAC International Policy Plan

Our Identity

Successfully incorporated in the Netherlands in March 2009, Stichting BRAC International can be described as a general welfare institution that threads together BRAC International’s diverse development programmes around the globe into one unique garment. Our activities focus on long term sustainable poverty reduction. Our unique holistic approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor include a range of core programmes in economic and social development, health, education, human rights and legal services, as well as disaster management.

Geography

We are based in the Netherlands and our reach is far greater as we are incorporating our operations in Africa and Asia under Stichting BRAC International. We plan to expand our presence in other countries in the near future.

How Stichting BRAC International is structured

Our current operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Philippines, Myanmar and Nepal are brought under Stichting BRAC International. In each of these countries, entities are legally registered with the relevant authorities.

Our Vision

Stichting BRAC International’s vision is of a just, enlightened, healthy, and democratic world free from hunger, poverty, environmental degradation, and all forms of exploitation based on age, sex, and ethnicity.

Our Mission

Our mission is to work with people whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease, and other disadvantages. With a holistic approach, we strive to bring about positive changes in the quality of life of the poor.

We achieve our mission by:

  • Working with the poor and disadvantaged members of the society especially women and children
  • Mitigating the threat of poverty
  • Engaging in multifaceted interventions for large scale poverty alleviation
  • Working towards attaining socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable programs
  • Promoting human rights, dignity, and gender equality
  • Helping to shape national and global policies on poverty reduction and social progress
  • Fostering the development of human potential
  • Working towards the advancement of education
  • The provision of general public health, education, and water
  • Promoting arts and sciences
  • Encouraging research in the fields of human well being

Aim

Stichting BRAC International aims to contribute to welfare activities to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of the poor. In line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs), Stichting BRAC International will work to:

  • End poverty and hunger
  • Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Improve maternal health
  • Control HIV/AIDS, Maleria, and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership to development

Stichting BRAC International will receive grants, charities, and other assistance to the attainment of its goals.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

BRAC International Executive Body

 

 

 

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed
Executive Director
BRAC International

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Asif Saleh

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

Asif Saleh is the senior director of strategy, communications and empowerment for BRAC and BRAC International. He oversees advocacy, information and communications technology, communications and the social innovation lab. He also leads the empowerment cluster, which includes migration, human rights and legal aid services, the urban development programme and the skills development programme.

Prior to joining BRAC in 2011, Mr Saleh was an executive director at Goldman Sachs and also worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel and IBM.

Upon his return to Bangladesh in 2008, he worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded Access to Information Programme (A2i) at the Prime Minister’s Office.

Mr Saleh is the founder of Drishtipat, a global organisation with chapters across the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis. He was recognised for his work by Asia Society’s Asia 21 programme in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. He was selected to be a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2013.

Mr Saleh holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA in management from NYU Stern School of Business.

He is a member of the board of director for BRAC Net and IPDC, one of the oldest financial institutions in the country. He also chairs BRAC IT Services Limited. He is a board member of multiple non-profits, such as 1 Degree Initiative, Spreeha, Institute of Informatics and Development. Mr Saleh is a member of the advisory council of the Public Interest Registry and a 2013 mentor of the Unreasonable Institute. 

 

 

Lamia Rashid

Lamia Rashid
Director, Africa Region
BRAC International

Lamia Rashid is the director of the Africa Region, BRAC International. She is responsible for developing and implementing country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.

Previously, Ms Rashid served as the country director of Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she was the associate director of BRAC International where she led strategy formulation for the BRAC International countries, as well as large-scale country and multi-country programmes. She identified fundraising, business development and partnership opportunities for countries, regionally and globally.

Ms Rashid has worked in international development for over 22 years in several countries in Asia and Africa and in organisations including Save the Children and the World Bank. Her expertise lies in the areas of programme management, strategy development, technical support and policy analysis. She has a master’s in development studies from London School of Economics and Political Science. 

 

 

Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed
Director
Microfinance, BRAC and BRAC International

Shameran Abed is the director of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor programmes. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than five million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 1.7 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor programme has graduated more than 1.7 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation model’ to tackle extreme poverty.

Mr Abed also serves as the chairman of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and is on the boards of IPDC Finance Limited and Guardian Life Insurance Limited. Additionally, he is a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group and sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science. 

 

 

Nanda Dulal Saha

Nanda Dulal Saha
Director
Internal Audit
BRAC and BRAC International

Nanda Dulal Saha FCA is the director of internal audit for BRAC and BRAC International. He also served on the board of BRAC EPL Investments Limited from 2009 to 2014. He joined BRAC in 2007 as the head of internal audit. He has over 14 years of experience in internal control system, assurance, accounting, finance, compliance, risk management , tax matters, and legal affairs.

Prior to joining BRAC, Mr Saha worked in audit and assurance services with Rahman Rahman Huq, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of KPMG International.

Mr Saha is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh, and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), USA and IIA Bangladesh. He is also a member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), USA and ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter. He served as director– membership of the ISACA Dhaka, Bangladesh Chapter for the period 2011-2015. He is currently a member of the Technical and Research of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh. 

 

 

Munmun Chowdhury

Munmun Chowdhury
Chief People Officer
BRAC International

Munmun Salma Chowdhury is the chief people officer of BRAC International. Before joining BRAC, she was the global HR generalist in CARE USA (based in Bangladesh), covering 13 countries in Asia and the Middle East. She led the HR network of CARE in Asia and the Middle East, developed policy guidelines for an empowered and equitable workforce, and led the female leadership programme of CARE in Asia. Prior to that, she was the regional human resources business partner for Asia at CARE USA.

Prior to that, Ms Chowdhury served as the general manager of HRD, programme coordinator of education, and held several other positions at CARE Bangladesh. She also worked for Unity for Social and Human Action and the Association for Development Agencies of Bangladesh. Ms Chowdhury holds a master’s and PhD in psychology from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Saif Md Imran Siddique

Saif Md Imran Siddique
Director, Finance
BRAC International

Saif Md Imran Siddique joined BRAC in January 2016 as the director of finance for BRAC International. Previously, he worked as the assistant vice president in Total Access Communication PCL (DTAC) in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Financial Planning and Analysis Division. Prior to that, he was the head of financial planning and budgeting at Robi Axiata Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He began his career at Grameenphone Limited in 2001. After a brief study break, he joined Grameenphone again in 2004 and worked for nine years, where he served last as the general manager and head of business performance reporting.

Mr Saif brings with him a wealth of leadership and managerial experience in the telecommunications sector, especially in the areas of strategic financial management and cost efficiency initiatives, business planning, dynamic forecasting, business performance analysis, financial statements and management reporting. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a BBA from North South University, Dhaka.

 

Country Representative

 

M Anwar Hossain

Country Representative, BRAC Afghanistan

Sher Zaman

Country Representative, BRAC Pakistan

Nazrul Islam

Country Representative, BRAC Philippines

Mainuddin Ahmed

Country Representative, BRAC Liberia

Tapan Kumar Karmaker

Country Representative, BRAC Sierra Leone

Rakibul Bari Khan

Country Representative, BRAC Tanzania

Rezaul Karim

Country Representative, BRAC South Sudan

Kazi Faisalbin Seraj

Country Representative, BRAC Myanmar

Hasina Akhter

Country Representative, BRAC Uganda

Khemraj Upadhyaya

Country Representative, BRAC Nepal

Tapan Kumar Karmaker

Managing Director, Micro finance Ltd., Liberia and Sierra Leone

Jimmy Adiga

CEO, Microfinance Ltd., Uganda

Tuesday, 11 April 2017 00:00

Governing Body Members

 

Stiching BRAC International

Supervisory Board Members

 

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG
Chairperson

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He studied Accountancy in London, qualifying as a Cost Management Accountant in 1962. While he was working as a senior corporate executive at Pakistan Shell, the 1970 cyclone and 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh dramatically changed the direction of his life. He left his job and moved to London, where he helped initiate Action Bangladesh and HELP Bangladesh in support of the Liberation War.

Early in 1972, after the war was over, he returned to the newly-independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. The return of 10 million refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, called for urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Sir Fazle established BRAC to address the needs of refugees in a remote area of north-eastern Bangladesh, guided by a desire to help the poor develop their own capacity to better manage their lives.

Today BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating across eleven countries in Africa and Asia. Its primary objectives are to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, BRAC was ranked first among the world's top 500 NGOs by Geneva-based 'NGO Advisor' in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability.

Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the LEGO Prize (2018), Laudato Si' Award (2017), Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award, South Asia Region (2016), Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbubul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. Sir Fazle was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In both 2014 and 2017, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

The many honorary degrees received by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed include those from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007). 

 

 

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury

Dr Mushtaque Chowdhury is an advisor to the chairperson and founder of BRAC. He is also a professor of population and family health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York. During 2009-2012, he served as a senior advisor to the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also worked as a MacArthur/Bell Fellow at Harvard University.

Dr Chowdhury is one of the founding members of the Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch, two civil society watchdogs on education and health respectively. He is on the board and committees of several organisations and initiatives, including the Advisory Board of the South Asia Centre at London School of Economics, Lead Group for Scaling Up Nutrition Movement at United Nations and is the current chair of the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH). Dr Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary General Kofi Annan.

He is a recipient of the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in USA, the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal in 2008 and Outstanding Leadership Award from Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association. He has a wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, poverty eradication and environment. Dr Chowdhury has published several books and over 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals.

Dr Chowdhury holds a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and public health specialist, he has a specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. Twenty of those years were spent working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development programme management. He specialises in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organisational change management. He also has a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been successful in bringing about convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on a large scale.

In the professional field, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. In addition, he is known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer and an experienced coach. 

 

 

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya

Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, a macro-economist and public policy analyst, is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka. He is a former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade Organization offices in Geneva and Vienna, and the special advisor on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to the secretary general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He is associated with a number of leading institutions, networks and editorial boards of reputed journals. Dr Bhattacharya has studied in Dhaka, Moscow and Oxford, and held a number of visiting positions, including at the Center for Global Development (CGD), Washington DC. He is the chair of two global networking initiatives, LDC IV Monitor and Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals. 

 

 

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi is an internationally renowned film and theatre actress. She is also a highly respected social activist.

As chairperson of Nivara Hakk, she has worked for the rights of slum dwellers in Mumbai for the last 30 years. She undertook a 5-day hunger strike and courted arrest demanding alternative accommodation for a slum that had been demolished, forcing the Government to agree. Nivara Hakk, in concert with the Government and a private builder, has built homes for 50,000 slum dwellers at no cost.

As chair of Mijwan Welfare Society she works for the rights of girls and women. Ms Azmi is opposed to religious fundamentalism of all hues and is highly respected as a progressive liberal activist. She has been a former member of the Upper House in India’s Parliament.

Ms Azmi is a recipient of the International Gandhi Peace Prize and has been given countless awards for her work as an actor and an activist. 

 

 

Shafiq ul Hassan

Shafiq ul Hassan

Shafiq ul Hassan is the managing director of Echo Sourcing Limited UK and Echotex Limited Bangladesh. Echotex has received Bangladesh’s National Environmental Award, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka’s Environmental Award and J Sainsbury plc’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award in 2010. Echotex was also awarded Best Clothing Supplier in 2011 as well as Best Clothing Supplier and Supplier of the Year in 2012 by J Sainsbury plc. He is the co-founder of Children’s Hope, an NGO that works to educate slum children in Dhaka. He obtained his undergraduate degree from City University, London and his postgraduate degrees from Aston University, Birmingham, UK. 

 

 

Irene Zubaida Khan

Irene Zubaida Khan

Irene Zubaida Khan is director-general of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). She was secretary general of Amnesty International and worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 21 years. Ms Khan is a member of the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She sits on the boards of several international human rights and development organisations. She received the Sydney Peace Prize in 2006 for her work to end violence against women and girls. Her book, The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, has been translated into seven languages. 

 

 

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren has worked all her life within and for civil society organisations, both professionally and as a volunteer.

She was part of the Dutch and global women’s and sexual rights movements (COC, ILGA, IWC for a Just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace) and is now advisor to the UN Women National Committee Netherlands and ATRIA (the Institute on gender equality and women’s history).

Sylvia was part of the anti-poverty movement (director of Oxfam Novib 1994-2008, co-chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and EEN) and is now on the boards of BRAC International.

She was on two national governmental advisory commissions (for Youth Policy, and the Advisory Council on International Affairs), co-chair of the Worldconnectors (a Dutch think tank), on the board of a large Mental Health Institute (Altrecht), worked as an organisational consultant with De Beuk for many years, lead the project Quality Educators for All with the trade union Education International and continues to be a member of the Worldconnectors.

Sylvia was recently director of Greenpeace Netherlands (2011-2016), part of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands and is now on the advisory commission of Staatsbosbeheer, which manages nature reserves. 

 

 

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. Over the course of her professional career, Ms Mahmud has invested substantial time in working with national and international development agencies. She was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She is the first female council member (2007) and, the first female president (2011) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of SAARC. Presently, she is serving her third term as council member in ICAB and is the chairperson of the review committee for Published Accounts & Reports (RCPAR). She sits on several boards including BRAC International, Grameenphone Limited, Linde Bangladesh Limited, MIDAS, Manusher Jonno Foundation and chairs the finance and audit committee of several organisations. She is the chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited. She has served as the member of the National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation. Ms Mahmud served as a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She was also the vice chairperson of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, Bangladesh and Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation. 

 

 

Fawzia Rasheed

Fawzia Rasheed

Dr Fawzia Rasheed started out as a medical research scientist before moving into programme and policy development.

She has advised 16 ministries of health, several national and international NGOs; and served as senior policy advisor to UNAIDS, WHO, The Global Fund, and the Africa Progress Panel / Kofi Annan Foundation. Dr Rasheed has developed national plans, projects and programmes, as well as models for governance. She routinely raises funds and reviews grants for funding. In recent years, Dr Rasheed has engaged with broader development themes, from election reform and natural resource management to transparency initiatives. She works extensively in Africa and Asia.

 

 

Management Board Members 

 

 

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Saif Md Imran Siddique

Saif Md Imran Siddique

Saif Md Imran Siddique joined BRAC in January 2016 as the director of finance for BRAC International. Previously, he worked as the assistant vice president in Total Access Communication PCL (DTAC) in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Financial Planning and Analysis Division. Prior to that, he was the head of financial planning and budgeting at Robi Axiata Ltd in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He began his career at Grameenphone Limited in 2001. After a brief study break, he joined Grameenphone again in 2004 and worked for nine years, where he served last as the general manager and head of business performance reporting.

Mr Saif brings with him a wealth of leadership and managerial experience in the telecommunications sector, especially in the areas of strategic financial management and cost efficiency initiatives, business planning, dynamic forecasting, business performance analysis, financial statements and management reporting. He holds an MBA from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, and a BBA from North South University, Dhaka. 

 

 

Lamia Rashid

Lamia Rashid

Lamia Rashid is the director of the Africa Region, BRAC International. She is responsible for developing and implementing country programmes, focusing on sector plans, resource mobilisation, and quality of country operations.

Previously, Ms Rashid served as the country director of Action Against Hunger in Bangladesh. Prior to this, she was the associate director of BRAC International where she led strategy formulation for the BRAC International countries, as well as large-scale country and multi-country programmes. She identified fundraising, business development and partnership opportunities for countries, regionally and globally.

Ms Rashid has worked in international development for over 22 years in several countries in Asia and Africa and in organisations including Save the Children and the World Bank. Her expertise lies in the areas of programme management, strategy development, technical support and policy analysis. She has a master’s in development studies from London School of Economics and Political Science. 

 

 

Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed

Shameran Abed is the director of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor programmes. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than five million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 1.7 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor programme has graduated more than 1.7 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation model’ to tackle extreme poverty.

Mr Abed also serves as the chairman of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and is on the boards of IPDC Finance Limited and Guardian Life Insurance Limited. Additionally, he is a member of the Microfinance CEO Working Group and sits on the Microfinance Network Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Mr Abed is a lawyer by training, having been made a barrister by the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK. He completed his undergraduate studies at Hamilton College in the United States, majoring in economics and minoring in political science.

 

 

 

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Supervisory Board Members

 

 

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG
Chairperson

Sir Fazle was born in 1936 in Bangladesh. He studied Accountancy in London, qualifying as a Cost Management Accountant in 1962. While he was working as a senior corporate executive at Pakistan Shell, the 1970 cyclone and 1971 Liberation War in Bangladesh dramatically changed the direction of his life. He left his job and moved to London, where he helped initiate Action Bangladesh and HELP Bangladesh in support of the Liberation War.

Early in 1972, after the war was over, he returned to the newly-independent Bangladesh, finding the economy in ruins. The return of 10 million refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, called for urgent relief and rehabilitation efforts. Sir Fazle established BRAC to address the needs of refugees in a remote area of north-eastern Bangladesh, guided by a desire to help the poor develop their own capacity to better manage their lives.

Today BRAC is one of the largest NGOs in the world, operating across eleven countries in Africa and Asia. Its primary objectives are to alleviate poverty and empower the poor. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, BRAC was ranked first among the world's top 500 NGOs by Geneva-based 'NGO Advisor' in terms of impact, innovation and sustainability.

Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading BRAC, including the LEGO Prize (2018), Laudato Si' Award (2017), Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Award, South Asia Region (2016), Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award (2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008), Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation (PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbubul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).

He is also recognised by Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George by the British Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. Sir Fazle was a member of the Group of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In both 2014 and 2017, he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

The many honorary degrees received by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed include those from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007). 

 

 

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren

Sylvia Borren has worked all her life within and for civil society organisations, both professionally and as a volunteer.

She was part of the Dutch and global women’s and sexual rights movements (COC, ILGA, IWC for a Just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace) and is now advisor to the UN Women National Committee Netherlands and ATRIA (the Institute on gender equality and women’s history).

Sylvia was part of the anti-poverty movement (director of Oxfam Novib 1994-2008, co-chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and EEN) and is now on the boards of BRAC International.

She was on two national governmental advisory commissions (for Youth Policy, and the Advisory Council on International Affairs), co-chair of the Worldconnectors (a Dutch think tank), on the board of a large Mental Health Institute (Altrecht), worked as an organisational consultant with De Beuk for many years, lead the project Quality Educators for All with the trade union Education International and continues to be a member of the Worldconnectors.

Sylvia was recently director of Greenpeace Netherlands (2011-2016), part of the Forest Stewardship Council Netherlands and is now on the advisory commission of Staatsbosbeheer, which manages nature reserves. 

 

 

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa

Dr Muhammad Musa is the executive director of BRAC. He has an extensive background in leading humanitarian, social development, and public health organisations in international, cross-cultural settings. A medical doctor and public health specialist, he has a specialised training in maternal and child nutrition, and disaster management.

Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years with CARE International as one of its senior international management professionals. Twenty of those years were spent working in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Asia region.

He has long experience in strategic leadership, governing board management, executive-level management of large-scale operations, and humanitarian and social development programme management. He specialises in people management, leadership development, conflict resolution, and organisational change management. He also has a proven track record in effective external relationship management, marketing, brand-building, communications, and fundraising for humanitarian and development projects. He has been successful in bringing about convergence of philanthropic approaches and entrepreneurial methodologies to create sustainable development programming that achieves impact on a large scale.

In the professional field, Dr Musa has established a reputation for leading complex organisational change processes in multicultural settings. In addition, he is known for his unique ability to attract and develop young professionals into humanitarian and social development leaders. He is also an internationally recognised senior management trainer and an experienced coach. 

 

 

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud FCA

Parveen Mahmud is the managing director of Grameen Telecom Trust. Over the course of her professional career, Ms Mahmud has invested substantial time in working with national and international development agencies. She was the deputy managing director of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF). She is the first female council member (2007) and, the first female president (2011) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB). She was also the first female board member of the South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA), the apex accounting professional body of SAARC. Presently, she is serving her third term as council member in ICAB and is the chairperson of the review committee for Published Accounts & Reports (RCPAR). She sits on several boards including BRAC International, Grameenphone Limited, Linde Bangladesh Limited, MIDAS, Manusher Jonno Foundation and chairs the finance and audit committee of several organisations. She is the chairperson of Shasha Denims Limited. She has served as the member of the National Advisory Panel for SME Development of Bangladesh and founding board member of SME Foundation. Ms Mahmud served as a Working Group Member of Consultative Group on Social Indicators at UNCTAD/ISAR. She was also the vice chairperson of Underprivileged Children’s Education Program, Bangladesh and Chairperson of Acid Survivors’ Foundation.

 

 

Management Board Members 

 

 

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed

Faruque Ahmed is the executive director of BRAC International. He previously held the position of senior director at BRAC International. He is also a member of the executive management committee.

Prior to this, Mr Ahmed was the director of BRAC’s health programme for 10 years, playing a critical role in shaping the organisation’s health strategy and scaling several community-based health and nutrition interventions.

Before joining BRAC, Mr Ahmed worked as senior operations officer in the health, nutrition and population team at the World Bank, Bangladesh.

Mr Ahmed started his career as a research and planning officer in 1976, and then worked in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He serves as a member of the working group of Bangladesh Health Watch and formerly represented civil society on the GAVI Alliance board.

Mr Ahmed completed his master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins University, and master’s in economics from the University of Dhaka. 

 

 

Hans Eskes

Hans Eskes

Hans Eskes is a retired audit partner of KPMG. Presently he serves as advisor and board member in various international companies.

Previously he worked in Amsterdam, Barcelona and Shanghai for clients located throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia.

During these years, his client portfolio became a reflection of most industries and activities that form an important part of society. He was not only responsible for chemical and technical companies listed on the stock exchanges in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam but also for clients active in financial, education, medical institutions and cultural foundations.

During his career, he was managing partner of KPMG’s department of International Business Support. This department provided advice and support to foreign businesses in the Netherlands.

Mr Eskes holds a master’s degree from the Dutch Institute of Chartered Auditors, and has received training in different accounting frameworks and the INSEAD leadership development programmes.

 

 

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 00:00

The 2nd National Stakeholders Workshop

Uganda-JSDF-Nutrition-Project-2-frontUganda-JSDF-Nutrition-Project-1Participants at the JSDF Nutritional Project National Stakeholders Workshop

The Innovative, Integrated Approach to Enhance Smallholder Family Nutrition project, simply known as the JSDF Nutrition project, organised a stakeholder’s forum in Masaka Town, in central Uganda, to discuss nutrition and how to reduce cases of stunting among the project’s target population.

The workshop was presided over by Mr Ssansa Mugenyi, Director of Policy and Coordination at the Office of the Prime Minister. Mr Mugenyi chairs the JSDF Nutrition Project Steering Committee. Other members of the committee present were Agnes Baku, Ministry of Health, Alex Bambona, Ministry of Agriculture, and Dr. Goretti Semakula from the National Agriculture Research Organization. Stakeholders present at the half-day workshop included district health officers, district production and marketing experts, chief administrative officers and resident district commissioners, as well as farmers and BRAC volunteers.

Uganda-JSDF-Nutrition-Project-2Hasina Akhter, the Country Representative for BRAC in Uganda, presents the mother of a malnourished child with fortified flour during a project health forum

The previous day, the project steering committee conducted a field visit that included farmer training sessions, a health forum for mothers of under-2 children and a tour of an orange fleshed sweet potato farm.

The JSDF Nutrition project is a multisectoral intervention through which BRAC Uganda aims to improve the nutrition condition of 19,200 households in four districts through increasing the production and consumption of Vitamin-A rich foods, including the orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP). The project combines BRAC’s agriculture, health and microfinance services and is funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) through the World Bank.

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