Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis: 18 million people in the country are currently needing aid assistance. Women and girls are the most affected. BRAC is committed to helping the Afghan people, and our teams are already on the ground where help is most needed.

Greg Chen has been appointed the new Managing Director of BRAC UltraPoor Graduation Initiative (UPGI) with effect from 1 November 2021.

Chen brings with him a wealth of experience influencing policy change for financial inclusion in senior leadership roles in non-governmental and private sectors. He has a proven track record of effectively developing and executing strategies to engage countries, regions, and global bodies and building key partnerships with governments and regulators across Africa and Asia.

September 12th, aims to raise people’s awareness on proven, practical actions taken by organisations based in the Global South and highlight the value of South-South and triangular collaboration in developmental, humanitarian and related spheres. This day encourages the sharing of knowledge, expertise and resources to build resilient communities through effective interventions rooted in firsthand knowledge from the Global South. Solutions to critical development challenges exist in the Global South, and every country – large or small, emerging economy or least developed – has something positive to offer to the world.


PRESS RELEASE July 6, 2021

BRAC International welcomes Shameran Abed as its new Executive Director

Shameran Abed has been appointed the new Executive Director of BRAC International (BI), one of the leading development organisations in the world, with effect from August 1, 2021.

As Executive Director, Shameran will oversee and guide BI’s strategies, programmes and organisational development for scaled impact and sustainable growth, contributing to BRAC’s Global Strategy to reach 250 million disadvantaged women (and their dependents), youth, and people living in poverty by 2030. He will also continue to lead BI’s microfinance operations and oversee the Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI).



People reached through our programmes across Asia and Africa


Young people empowered to build their lives


People graduating out of extreme poverty


people transforming their lives with small loans


BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative

Scaling a Proven Solution to End Extreme Poverty

In 2002 BRAC pioneered the Graduation approach – a holistic sequence of interventions that helps people escape the poverty trap for good.

BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative scales Graduation through governments worldwide to help 21 million more people escape extreme poverty by 2026.


With lockdowns continuing to wreak havoc on the extreme poor populations in the Philippines, the Graduation pilot running there has shown great results in building the resilience and security for participants and their families.

When Jenalyn Dizon, a mother of five, joined the Graduation Pilot in 2018, she was not prepared to overcome the severe disruption and devastation that would be brought about by COVID-19.

Yet, two years after the pilot started, when the lockdowns and travel restrictions were enforced to prevent further spread of COVID-19, and the survival of her family and neighbours were put at great risk, Jenalyn was able to withstand the shock.

Brac Coping and Recovery During COVID-19 Crisis


Livelihoods, Coping and Recovery During COVID-19 Crisis

The initial panic of COVID-19 in early 2020 has given way to a broader realization that the pandemic is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future.

Policy and social attitudes too have had to adjust with a shift of perspective from ‘life versus livelihoods’—centred on lockdown—to one of ‘life and livelihoods’—centred on the resumption with economic activities albeit with safety measures.


Worldwide, over 700 million people experience extreme poverty, living on less than $1.90 per day.

Extreme poverty disproportionately affects women, who often lack the resources, skills, and opportunities they need to escape the poverty trap.

Holistic support empowers people to forge a pathway out of extreme poverty.

BRAC’s flagship Ultra-Poor Graduation approach instills hope and provides the knowledge and tools to enable people to chart a pathway out of poverty.

climate change adaptation

Our work protects resources, improves quality of life and builds awareness about the changing environment in rural and urban communities.

We provide people with access to the tools and knowledge to adapt and respond to adverse climatic impacts and adopt sustainable practices to combat pending climatic impacts.

Brac Climate Change Adaptation
Brac Education For All

education for all

Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn. That’s why we serve more than a million children in the most vulnerable communities with quality education.

To spark potential and power children to succeed, our cradle-to-career approach involves early childhood education programs, low-cost and high-quality primary schools, scholarships for secondary and tertiary education, and vocational and skills training.

We work in countries where nearly 50% of the world’s out-of-school children reside. Our holistic educational approach supports governments to achieve national and international commitments in education.


BRAC is the worlds' largest southern based development organization.

Today, we reach 100 million people in 11 countries across Asia and Africa.

Brac reaches 100 million people in 11 countries
Brac story Sir Fazle Hasan Abed


In 1972, Bangladesh’s war of independence followed by a massive cyclone left the country devastated.

BRAC’s founder and Bangladeshi native, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was moved by the state of his country, quit his job and used his business acumen to start a relief operation.

Within less than a year, BRAC rebuilt thousands of homes, hundreds of fishing boats, and oversaw the opening of medical centers.