Founded by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC helps those living in poverty to reach their potential. The organisation uses an integrated model to change systems of inequality, through social development programmes, humanitarian response, social enterprises, socially responsible investments and health and education. BRAC acts as a catalyst, creating opportunities for people to transform their lives.
It is a global leader in developing cost-effective, evidence-based programmes, and has been ranked the #1 NGO in the world for the last four years consecutively by NGO Advisor. The organisation operates in conflict-prone and post-disaster settings in 11 countries across Asia and Africa.
Recent projects have included supporting vulnerable mothers and babies in Liberia, funding early education programmes for girls in Pakistan and providing ongoing humanitarian aid and infrastructure for the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
BRAC’s vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential. They have been tangibly changing people’s lives for over four decades and now connect with over 100 million people globally.
Over 4,300 community health workers and 43,000 community health volunteers provide vital doorstep health services. BRAC also runs the world’s largest non-formal education programme, with 36,456 schools and centres in five countries.
BRAC’s legal rights, community empowerment and advocacy programmes support people to organise at the grassroots level, with ‘barefoot lawyers’ delivering legal services.
BRAC places special emphasis on the social and financial empowerment of women and girls. The vast majority of their microfinance members, community promoters, teachers and programme staff are women.
For more information on BRAC and its programmes, visit www.brac.net.