BRAC [to 26 April 2014]

BRAC [to 26 April 2014]

BRAC listed 32 amongst Global Think Tanks
27 April 2014, Dhaka. BRAC has been listed number 32 in the 2013 Global Go-To Think Tank Index report by the University of Pennsylvania. BRAC secured this position in the category of social policy as the first organisation from South Asia amongst 50 countries worldwide. The list includes Brookings Institution, Urban Institute, RAND Corporation and Fraser Institute. The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role…

BRAC USA contributes $1.25 million to Bangladesh garment workers
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22 April 2014, New York — The Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund, an initiative of BRAC USA, announces a grant of $1.25 million to create employment opportunities and secure sustainable futures for 250 garment workers from the Rana Plaza factory complex, which collapsed last year near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
BRAC USA is seeking additional donations to this fund. “Rana Plaza was like Bangladesh’s 9/11,” says Susan Davis, president and CEO of BRAC USA. “Those who died on April 24 did so working in dangerous conditions to provide a better future for their families and make our own clothing more affordable. For those still grieving, there’s nothing that can offset the loss of their loved ones. But we can and should show our solidarity with those who survived…
…“Bangladesh has seen significant gains in living standards, halving poverty rates in the last 20 years, thanks largely to women’s empowerment. The garment industry has played a tremendous role in this,” said Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC, last month when the Bangladesh Humanitarian Fund was announced. “But these gains will mean little if we allow tragedies like Rana Plaza to continue. The words ‘Made in Bangladesh’ should be a mark of pride, not shame.”
BRAC’s involvement in Rana Plaza relief began in the immediate hours after the building’s collapse, when first-response medical teams from BRAC’s health, nutrition and population program worked alongside the Bangladesh Army’s medical teams at the site. Later, staff and counselors from BRAC, BRAC University and Dhaka University provided psychosocial support to 473 survivors and victims’ families. The BRAC Limb and Brace Center in Savar, the Dhaka subdistrict in which Rana Plaza was located, provided braces to 29 survivors with spinal injuries and prosthetic limbs to an additional 12 survivors…

BRAC @BRACworld • Apr 24
Meet Khadija, a client of BRAC who survived the #RanaPlaza tragedy (which completes its 1 year mark today) – http://brac.net/node/1607#.U1jUteaSzXF …

BRAC @BRACworld • Apr 22
BRAC Chairperson Sir Abed will deliver the #Mahindra Lecture on 4/24 @HarvardSAI. Register – http://bit.ly/1mhxQND