Category: Society & Culture
BRAC, the world's largest NGO, was founded in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, a Bangladeshi prominent social worker. BRAC is also known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. After the end of Liberation War of Bangladesh, BRAC started their journey, from the area of Sulla (located in Sylhet Division of Bangladesh), by the work of relief and rehabilitation.
Since its inception, BRAC has been persistently working to create opportunity for the world’s poor people. They do it by following ways: micro financing to the poor, community empowerment, economic empowerment, development programmes, social enterprises, education, livelihood training, healthcare, and BRAC University. Since 1974, BRAC has been started their microfinance activities. Moreover, BRAC started their community empowerment programme in 1977. The Organization also started women's health development programme in 1991.
Approximately, 135 million people are now connected with this NGO. Apart from all 64 districts of Bangladesh, BRAC now exists in the Asian, African and the Caribbean countries including Afghanistan, Haiti, Liberia, Pakistan, Philippine, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. BRAC also maintains offices in the USA and UK.
Since its establishment, BRAC has been solemnly working to alleviate poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice from the world. The Organization has obtained a number of awards. BRAC ranked as #1 NGO in Top 100 Best NGOs in 2013. The founder of BRAC, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, received the "WISE Prize in 2011" for outstanding achievement in the education sector. Moreover, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed also received the Open Society Prize, 2013.
Headquarters of BRAC:
Tel: + 880-2-9881265, 8824180-7.
Ext: 3155, 3158, 3107, 3161
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