BRAC Changing With Changing Needs, but Ultra-Poor Still in Focus

Thursday, August 8, 2019

By Nural Islam Hasib

“BRAC was always ahead of the time,” he told on Wednesday, a day after a major change in its governing body including retirement of founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.

Saleh, with his diverse multi-sectoral experience both in public and NGO sectors, has joined this position on Aug 1, after performing an ad interim role for three months.

The changes come at a time when Bangladesh is also changing and going to be a middle-income country by 2021. There has been massive poverty reduction in Bangladesh, though still 12 percent people remain ultra-poor.

New challenges such as rising unemployment emerged. Donors funding on development programme is shrinking. Many fear NGOs activities for the poor will also be limited.

Saleh, however, said their works will be driven by the “inspiration and motivation” they received from their founder Abed.

Photo courtesy of BRAC.

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