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BRAC

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined February 2012
Presence in: Bangladesh

BRAC, based in Bangladesh, is (as of May 2010) the world’s largest non-governmental development organization. Established by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 soon after the independence of Bangladesh, BRAC is present in all 64 districts of Bangladesh, with over 7 million microfinance group members, 37,500 non-formal primary schools and more than 70,000 health volunteers. BRAC is the largest NGO by number of staff employing over 120,000 people, the majority of whom are women. BRAC operates programs such as those in microfinance and education in nine countries across Asia and Africa, reaching more than 110 million people.

The organization is 80% self-funded through a number of commercial enterprises that include a dairy and food project and a chain of retail handicraft stores called Aarong. BRAC maintains offices in 14 countries throughout the world, including BRAC USA and BRAC UK. BRAC is a few years into their initiative to operate in ten African countries in the next ten years.

BRAC has organized the isolated poor and learned to understand their needs by finding practical ways to increase their access to resources, support their entrepreneurship and empower them to become agents of change. Women and girls have been the focus of BRAC’s anti-poverty approach; BRAC recognizes both their vulnerabilities and thirst for change.

People Associated With This Organization

Ahmed Koroma

Sierra Leone  
BRAC
Joined February 2015

Amir Zaffar

Pakistan  
BRAC
Joined June 2016
Interests: Governance, Accountability & Transparency
I am Amir Zaffar working as Area Manager with BRAC Pakistan.

Ashley Toombs

United States  
BRAC
Joined March 2017
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
Ashley Toombs, Manager of External Affairs at BRAC USA, manages a portfolio of global programs in the areas of human rights, legal empowerment, property rights, disaster management, and climate change. She also works hand-in-hand with BRAC leadership, the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and strategic partners. Ashley travels domestically and internationally to provide technical assistance, represents the larger BRAC organization at public events and international conferences, and develops global and strategic stakeholder relationships. She holds an MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Science and Policy and a BA in International Studies and Spanish from Fairfield University.

Chandni Roy

Bangladesh  
BRAC
Joined August 2016
Interests: Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods
Officer, Advocacy and Knowledge Management, Property Rights Initiative, HRLS, BRAC

Ehtisham Adil

Pakistan  
BRAC
Joined June 2016
Interests: Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Right to Information
I'm currectly working as Regional Manager, BRAC Pakistan Education program. I am/have:
• Experienced with Project Implementation at grassroots level;
• Carried out research on Policy questions in education in Pakistan; and
• Experienced with Monitoring and Evaluation of Education projects.

Fahmida E Zannat

Bangladesh  
BRAC (Unverified)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
I currently work for BRAC, the largest and number one NGO in the world. I want to keep working for the vulnerable and underprivileged parts of the world community to empower them so that they can claim and have their rights, and, on institutions to have the processes barrier-free and easier day-by-day. I believe we need to invest more integrity in innovating ways to create greater impact to have better social inclusion, because, I share this dream with BRAC to have a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realise their potential.

Faridul Islam

Bangladesh  
BRAC
Joined September 2016
Interests: Traditional / Customary Justice
I am a law graduate from University of London, currently I am working on South asian institute of advanced legal and human rights studies, BRAC, Bangladesh

Sajeda Farisa Kabir

Bangladesh  
BRAC (Unverified)
Joined November 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Other
I am a Barrister (of Lincoln's Inn), UK and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. Currently, I am the Program Head of the Human Rights and Legal Services Program of BRAC. BRAC’s Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) program is dedicated to protecting and promoting human rights of the poor and marginalized through legal empowerment. HRLS operates 512 Legal Aid Clinics in 61 of 64 districts across Bangladesh and is the largest NGO-led legal aid program in the world (hrls.brac.net).

Lina Dilruba Sharmin

Bangladesh  
BRAC (Unverified)
Joined June 2020
Interests: Children's Rights, Gender-based violence, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, LGBTQI+ Rights, Women's Rights
Hello! My Name is Lina Dilruba Sharmin. I come from Bangladesh, a small country in South Asia. We are a nation of beauty, hospitality, surprise, and love. If you have ever been here, I'm sure you will be equally amazed and thrilled by both natural beauty and an individual's beauty of the heart.

Also, I was raised in a culture where women have been treated less than men forever. In my country, every area has at least 5 shops/ tea stalls/pharmacies named 'Mother's blessings' but the ratio of gender-based violence is surprisingly alarming here. Through my work, I look forward to working on gender equality and knowing gender rights legally, practically, and globally!

Professionally, I am currently working as a National Consultant in UNFPA Bangladesh. Earlier I used to work as a partner communication lead for The Hunger Project Bangladesh which is also a development organization. I was leading the communication for a UNICEF-supported project.

Before these two organizations, I worked as a communication portfolio lead for Gender Equalities in BRAC which is known as the largest development organization in the world. Earlier I worked as a Public Relations Officer in Padma Bank Limited which is a government bank funded bank in Bangladesh.

I started my career as a journalist in the most circulated newspaper in Bangladesh known as Daily Prothom Alo in 2013. And then in 2016, to learn more about visual communication shifted to a private news channel in Bangladesh in, Channel 24 before I join Padma Bank in 2018.

Majibur Rahaman

Bangladesh  
BRAC (Unverified)
Joined November 2015
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information
Development professional- in the field of human rights, governance, access to justice, gender justice, and communitarian justice. Currently, working as a programme manager, Property Rights Initiative of Human Rights and Legal Services programme in BRAC. Am looking here how others policies and practice ensure access to property and land rights for poorest community by joining the network.

Meghan Greene

United States  
BRAC
Joined February 2018
Interests: Generalist Legal Services, Health, Livelihoods
Meghan Greene is a senior consultant at BRAC USA, the US-based affiliate of BRAC. BRAC is a global development organization, founded in Bangladesh and now active in 11 countries, implementing cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone and post-disaster settings. It is active in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Philippines, Nepal, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Previously, Meghan spent five years at Accion, a global pioneer in microfinance that works to expand economic opportunity around the world. She also has a background in marketing and project management.

Meghan has a BA from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Boston University.

Mitali Jahan

Bangladesh  
BRAC (Unverified)
Joined November 2015
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency
Ms. Jahan is a lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court, currently working as Programme Manager at BRAC Human Rights and Legal Aid Services Programme, Bangladesh. She has over fourteen years experience promoting human rights and rule of law. She deals with a program focusing on community intervention to policy advocacy processes related to violence against women, including implementing women's rights related laws and policies.

Her professional skills have been enhanced over the years on project management, coordinating research, designed policy advocacy and campaign, capacity development, networking, to deal with issue of VAW prevention and protection. In recent years, she have been contributed in the formulation of the various laws, policies and plan relating to women and children rights.

Ummehani Ariff

Bangladesh  
BRAC
Joined June 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Labor & Employment, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
I am a human rights lawyer currently working with BRAC, Human Rights and Legal Aid Services (HRLS) Program. My area of interest are Gender Based Violence, Criminal Psychology, Criminal Justice, Community/Customary Land rights, Labor & Employment. Access to justice in Bangladesh and its barriers, the barriers for a woman victim in the criminal justice are the current issues that I am working on at the moment.
is the network champion (main point of contact) for BRAC.

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