BRAC, an international development organization based in Bangladesh, the largest non-governmental development organization in the world. Established by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 after the independence of Bangladesh, BRAC is present in all 64 districts of Bangladesh as well as in some countries in Asia, Africa. BRAC’s vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential and its 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 programmes that enable men and women to realize their potential.
BRAC believes that poverty is a system and its underlying causes are manifold and interlinked. Some of these linkages are obvious, for example, a day’s wage forgone because of illness or resources lost to a natural disaster and others play a more indirect role in perpetuating poverty, such as lack of awareness about laws and rights can lead not only to outright exploitation, but also encourage a lack of accountability on the part of the state to cater to its most vulnerable citizens. To empower the underprivileged people of Bangladesh, BRAC has developed different support services which includes livelihood training, economic empowerment, social empowerment, enterprise development, education, health, human rights, environmental sustainability and disaster preparedness.