BRAC don’t believe that people passively receive aid, they act as agents in their own lives. We are committed to creating opportunities for people in poverty.
BRAC is a development success story – founded in Bangladesh, we are by some measures the largest non-governmental organisation in the world, an innovator in poverty eradication and a social enterprise. Demonstrating the power of a holistic, community-based approach and best known for the scale of our programmes, we have created opportunities for 138 million people.
The heroes of our story are people, in particular women struggling in poverty, but the challenges against them are immense. We are a southern based enterprise committed to working with communities to design programmes that will effectively and efficiently solve the problems they have identified.
In the UK, BRAC is partnering with local and global organisations, donor agencies, academic and research institutions and governments. Over the next five years BRAC UK aims to bring BRAC’s life-changing services to 10 million people. We will concentrate our efforts on three priorities; education and empowerment, equitable economic development and access to health and water, sanitation and hygiene services.
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BRAC UK PRIORITIES
Education and Empowerment
Enable out of school children to access quality education and reintegrate into mainstream schools and empower adolescent girls to become confident leaders.
Equitable economic development
Increase the incomes of millions of people through access to financial services and livelihood support. At least one third of the target clients will be ‘ultra-poor’.
Access to Health Services
Help millions of people to access essential reproductive, maternal and new-born health services. Reducing diarrhoeal disease and enabling access to hygienic sanitation and clean water
WHAT MAKES BRAC DIFFERENT?
We take a business-like approach to ending poverty, where possible. In Bangladesh, 73 per cent of our programmes are funded by profits from our 16 social enterprises. Aspiring to meet the triple bottom line, we incorporate serving the needs of the poor and being friendly to the planet with making a profit.
The science of delivery
Solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems exist; it’s just a matter of getting them to the people who need them. We test, measure and modify our programmes to ensure we’re effectively reaching people. Our operations internationally are designed to be long-term, to achieve depth and to reach people in remote locations
As an organization that started in Bangladesh, we’re familiar with the daily constraints people living in poverty face. Working together with communities we build trust and ensure their needs are met in ways that make sense for them.
BRAC has been an innovator in the creation of opportunities for the poor to lift themselves out of poverty. We value creativity in programme design and strive to display global leadership in ground breaking development initiatives.
We value transparency and accountability in all our professional work, with clear policies and procedures, while displaying the utmost level of honesty in our financial dealings. We hold these to be the most essential elements of our work ethic.
We are committed to engaging, supporting and recognising the value of all members of society, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, age, physical or mental ability, socioeconomic status and geography.
We value efficiency and excellence in all our work, constantly challenging ourselves to perform better, to meet and exceed programme targets, and to improve and deepen the impact of our interventions.