Innovation at BRAC: Simple solutions that scale

BRAC staff provide humanitarian aid for people from Rakhine. Photo by: Kamrul Hasan / BRAC / CC BY-NC

SAN FRANCISCO — When Asif Saleh, the senior director of strategy, communications, and empowerment for BRAC, considers the role that innovation can play at the international development organization, he thinks about how to make sure people can pursue great ideas without having to leave the organization.

Specifically, he thinks about Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, who previously worked for BRAC. Ghosh went on to found Bandhan Bank, which started as a microfinance company in India and has since become one of the largest banks in the country.

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