Rating: 4.89 stars   18 reviews

Issues: Education, Health, International, Economic Development

Location: 110 William Street 29th floor New York NY 10038 USA

Mission: Our vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. 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 programs that enable women and men to realize their potential.
Results: BRAC has: * made more than $6 billion in microfinance loans to 7 million women and their families, * educated more than 6 million children, * created more than 10 million employment opportunities, * provided health education and services to 100 million people through women health promoters, and * provided safe spaces, training and microfinance to thousands of adolescent girls
Target demographics: BRAC targets people, mostly women and children, whose lives are dominated by multiple forms of deprivation.
Geographic areas served: Asia, Africa and the Carribbean
Programs: BRAC reaches more than 138 million people worldwide through its micro-loans, education and health services, human rights and legal services, and self-employment opportunities. BRAC's 125,000 staff members work in 11 countries across the world - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Liberia, Pakistan, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda, with affiliate offices in the United Kingdom and the United States.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I believe strongly in the BRAC model of holistic provision of services (financial, health, education) as well as their emphasis on social enterprise. I see social enterprise as offering the best opportunity to address the intractable problems affecting our people and our planet today. I believe the use of business principles (effective leveraging of resources, focus on consumer needs) combined with a social mission offers a sustainable and scaleable approach - the best of both worlds. An example I particularly like is the BRAC Village Organization project. Women who invest their loans in cows can take advantage of an 'ecosystem' of support around their business - high producing hybrid cows, education on care and maintenance of the animals, an organization to provide a market for the milk. This approach reduces risk for the new business and improves the opportunity for sustainable return.

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

Greetings. Many folks have asked me about my work and experiences with BRAC. Through the vimeo link below, you can experience first-hand my most recently concluded trip to BRAC/Bangladesh. Founded by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC educates 4.1 million children, creates livelihoods for 8.5 million people, has lifted 3 million people out of abject poverty -- with 65,000 employees, 86,000 health care volunteers and 40,000 teachers working in 38,000 primary schools -- BRAC is truly an extraordinary accomplishment for humanity. In addition to its work in Bangladesh, BRAC operates in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Liberia Sierra Leone, and will soon be up and running in Haiti. I am privileged and humbled to call the folks at BRAC colleagues and friends. This was my third trip to South Asia in the last nine months. I am also incredibly grateful to Pam and Pierre Omidyar who enable us to try to do good in this world. Through the vimeo link below (cut and paste into your browser the address below if the link is not working) you can see a 15 minutes highlight video culled from more than 90 minutes of footage. Look for more such links in the future via twitter. (ONSal). Here's the vimeo link: Enjoy this video of BRAC's truly amazing, humbling and grace-filled work. Enjoy! Cheers, Sal Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest person whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to her. Will she gain anything by it? Will it restore her to a control over her own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to Swaraj (self reliance) for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away. - Mahatma Gandhi

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally beholding the impact that BRAC's work has had in employing women, empowering women's legal rights, educating young girls, providing access to health care.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage BRAC to continue to think big, be bold and "massify" (that's a BRAC word) -- when BRAC thinks of tackling issues -- they think about the massification of their efforts. Bravo.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Witnessing the humility of the leadership team -- true, Level 5 Leadership.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Simply amazing -- one experiences the goodness and the best in humanity when spending time with BRAC staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Empower more women, educate thousands, employ thousands, touch - literally -- millions of more lives...generate hope for all of us.

Ways to make it better...

If I could have spent more time in Bangladesh -- next trip -- I plan to visit Chittagong.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The daunting challenge that climate change poses to Bangladesh -- much of the tremendous progress achieved over the past thirty years could be undone by rising tides, saline contamination and fierce weather systems.

One thing I'd also say is that...

BRAC is the most effective NGO ever created. (Southern Hemisphere) Southern-based, Southern founded, Southern led -- a true gift to humanity. Thank you!

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