Brac, one of the largest development organisations in the world, is scaling up its global ambition to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Brac aims to reach at least 250 million disadvantaged women (and their dependents), youths, and people living in poverty around the world, including in Bangladesh, within the next ten years, according to a press release
Brac Founder and Chair Emeritus Sir Fazle Hasan Abed said, “With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we made a commitment to the people of the world to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. With ten years to go... we need to set in motion an accelerated path.”
He further said, “With 47 years of experience in working with people of Bangladesh and 17 years of international experience in Africa and Asia, Brac is ready to collaborate on a global scale and to share our learning with public, private and non-government partners.”
Brac’s global strategy outlines three priority goals: empowering at least 250 million people to have control over their own livelihoods; reaching at least 30 percent of participants with multiple interventions; and leading innovation and the dissemination of learning in the development sector.
Brac has formed a Global Board, with three initial members, Ameerah Haq, Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, and Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG, to guide the implementation roadmap of its global strategy.
Chair of the board, Ameerah Haq, currently chair of the supervisory board of Stichting Brac International, said, “I am very proud of the work that the entire Brac family does as a truly purpose-driven organisation.”
Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, Chairperson of Brac Bangladesh Board, said, “Brac excels in finding community-led, innovative approaches to eradicate extreme poverty.”
Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG, former deputy secretary-general of the UN under Kofi Annan said, “Now is the time to act together if we are to deliver on our promise of eradicating extreme poverty.”