Betting Long on Women from the Margins to the Mainstream

A recent ILO report states, “Less than half of all eligible women participate in the labour force, compared to 75% of men.”  . . . Women are also more likely to work in informal employment and in vulnerable, low-paid or undervalued jobs. Further, the Global Findex Database 2021 on Financial Inclusion, Digital Payments, and Resilience in the Age of COVID-19 iterates 56% of all those without a bank account were women – meaning

Post-Covid Skills

Covid-19 has added fresh urgency to improving the already dismal scenario of our youth’s preparedness for the future world of work. . . . Even before Covid-19 hit, Bangladeshi youths were struggling to find productive employment. While a large share of the Bangladeshi labour force had been stuck in a low-skill, low-productivity cycle, technology had been profoundly changing the global job market and changing it fast. Technology is creating many

‘New poor’: Ensuring inclusive growth amidst the new challenges of the pandemic

24 million people, or 14% of the population, have been newly pushed into poverty as a result of the pandemic in Bangladesh. Learn how BRAC has introduced new interventions to ensure that this group can restart their lives as the country emerges from lockdowns, and build resilience for future shocks. . . .   Johura Begum and her husband used to work at a garments factory in Chattogram, southern Bangladesh.

Data for good: Doing development with digitalisation

Communities across the globe are connected through the power of information and technology. Consumption patterns have been altered and traditional ways of working disrupted. How does this play out in the development sector? . . .  BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation programme has been evolving as the needs of the people living in extreme poverty change. In December 2021, the programme went digital, creating easier and faster ways of meeting our participants’ needs. In

Development that works for indigenous people in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is home to over 50 indigenous groups. They speak over 35 languages and comprise over 1.8% of the population. 80% live in the plainlands in northern Bangladesh and the rest live in the south, in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. BRAC’s indigenous project has been working with indigenous people living in plainlands in Bangladesh for nine years now, and has learnt valuable lessons on what works. . . . Advertisements

Lessons from COVID-19 on World Earth Day

Today is World Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action. Countries are expected to strengthen their commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change. COVID-19, however, is teaching us other lessons. . . . Our world is experiencing an unprecedented crisis. Daily deaths are in the thousands as numbers of COVID-19 infections rise. Most countries have implemented lockdown measures to slow the spread of the virus. Most industries