ABSTRACT

Bangladesh, a fairly young nation, stands steady as a confident, visionary, and forward-looking nation. The development trajectory of this low-income country, on its way to graduation to a middle-income country, is globally recognized as a unique success story, in reaching most of the global development targets (MDGs) and enthusiastically embracing the post-2015 SDGs. A Bangladeshi development NGO, BRAC is one of the driving forces behind this progress. A young visionary, popularly known as Abed, in the early years of the 1970s, founded BRAC, with the mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. BRAC’s interventions have contributed to large-scale, positive changes through the implementation of cost-effective community-level economic and social programmes that enable men and women to realize their potentials and use their assets to come out of poverty. The story of BRAC’s work in development delivery highlights the benefits to be derived from working in partnership with the poor and the disenfranchised and responding to local needs for sustained impact on poverty reduction.