BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives.
We were founded in Bangladesh in 1972, and over the course of our evolution, established ourselves as a pioneer in recognising and tackling the many different realities of poverty.
Focus on Women - Over 98% of our membership is female, and more than 95% of our volunteer cadre - health volunteers, paralegal trainers, agriculture, livestock and poultry extension workers and school teachers - are women.
Organising the Poor - Creating organisations of the poor are at the heart of our work. Our Village Organisations (VOs) of 30-40 women act as platforms for these women to come together, access services such as microfinance, exchange information and raise awareness on issues.
Unleashing Human Potential - BRAC acts as catalyst presenting a multitude of opportunities - both economic and social - that allows poor families to transform their own lives and futures.
Comprehensive Approach - We have therefore developed support services in the areas of human rights, legal aid, education, health services, social and economic empowerment, access to finance and enterprise development, agriculture, environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness.
As well as running our own BRAC country programmes, we also provide direct technical assistance and operational support to development organisations in a number of countries. We work with governments, NGOs, commercial banks, microfinance institutions, and donors.
Our technical assistance programmes mainly focus on programmes for the ultra poor, small-scale entrepreneurs, and microfinance borrowers.
Where We Work
The majority of BRAC’s work is in Bangladesh. Our low cost, innovative solutions to the daily problems facing poor families have been scaled up to reach every village in Bangladesh.
Since 2002, we have been using our experience to energise and accelerate poverty alleviation efforts in other Asian and African countries. We deliver microfinance, health, education, agriculture and livestock services based on our integrated approach in Bangladesh. We also provide support to other development organisations in Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Peru, and Northern Sudan.
- Sri Lanka
- Sierra Leone
- Southern Sudan
Quick Facts about BRAC:
$5 billion in micro-loans to over six million borrowers
Created 8.5 million self-employment opportunities
88,000 community health promoters, have provided basic health services to more than 92 million
Graduated 3.8 million students from its primary schools and 2.3 million from its pre-primary schools, with nearly 1.8 million children currently enrolled in its 66,000 schools
127,000 staff and teachers
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