May 29, 2010
As other reviews have attested, BRAC is an immense organization and a key player in the global fight against poverty. The numbers and the narratives speak for themselves. I'll focus this review on the period from 2008-2010, when I had the privilege of working at BRAC USA.
Much energy during that time was being directed towards creating broader awareness of BRAC's work. For too long BRAC was regarded as the "best kept secret in development". That notion limits efforts to mobilize the type of resources required for BRAC to extend its reach and unique expertise to more communities in need. The demand for BRAC is huge, with heads of state often asking founder F.H. Abed when the organization will start working in their country. But funding and partnerships are critical to meeting BRAC's own ambitions, much less the demand.
The process of introducing BRAC to the potential donors, partners, and the uninitiated was an eye opener. There was something in the BRAC universe for everyone and I never came across anyone who wasn't in some way moved by the work. This was a great source of pride.
I hope the reader of this review will take steps to learn more about this phenomenal organization. In a way I envy you for that prospect of discovering something so wonderful.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
- Visiting headquarters in Dhaka
- Visiting BRAC VO meetings and other activities in Bangladesh and Pakistan
- Working for two years with BRAC USA
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the opportunity to share its work with others.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
wonderful, caring, supportive individuals who care deeply for the work.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
multiply the effect better than any other non-profit I know of.
Ways to make it better...
I had seen even more of the work live.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
keeping a pace with the demand for its work and the regrettably expanding need for its services.
One thing I'd also say is that...
you have found a sustainable solution for problems that, perhaps far away, effect and reflect deeply on all of us. Learn more about BRAC and see how you can contribute to its work!
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I worked with BRAC USA from 2008-2010. In 2000 I interned at BRAC headquarters in Dhaka.