GENESIS OF BRAC UNIQUE NETWORK
BRAC was started by former multinational ( Shell Oil) country ceo Fazle Abed
in 1972, a year after birth of Bangladesh as a new nation.
The DNA of BRAC's purpose is as a highly practical solutions
lab empowering rural people's resilience to redevlop a region which had been wiped out by a local cyclone that had killed
million people. Fazle Abed earned the trust of international disater relief/development funders. Next BRAC started asking
what solutions could be designed to replicate across the whole of rural Bangladesh. Rural in 1970s meant without electricity
or other infrastructure. The new nation's government barely had taxation etc revenues to develop the cities leaving BRAC's
partners to lead bottom-up systemic rural development. BRAC's first proof that it could scale a solution across rural communities
was oral rehydration. By teaching village mothers to apply this cure one fifth of all infants lives wereemployed with saved.
BRAC designed the learning franchise and gained funding from UN year of child; in this way UNICEF leader James Grant became
an early major partner. The first two aolution networks creating livelihoods across rural areas appear to have been:
servants in every village, a microfranchise designed by BRAC so that each para-health worker could be self-employed by delivering
a specifed combination of services to each village
BRAC'S primary school systems - which grew to 40000 brac owned vilage
In parallel local food security had been a paramount priority and with China BRAC contributed to innovations
in rice science that have ended famine, and also created vegeable village frachises eg carrots to deliver nutritional vitamins
that rice alone does not deliver. BRAC has been a leader in the world's recognition that the first 1000 says are critical
to prevent both physical and mental stunting of infants.
BRAC evolved as a total solutions network empowering
village wome to develop the rural areas, and subsequently their next generations whose best students entered the nations'
professions and brought skills such as thise needed for fashion industry to the city. BRAC is unique in the world as a bottom-up
NGO solutions network that both scaled across a rural nation and chose each new solution to fit the whole compass of needs
necessary for vilagers to end poverty. It is in this context that BRAC earns many of the best partbers in the world of sustainability
solution franchises. Delivering action learning is part of the work description of everyone at BRAC whether they are
dlivering education or other service skills. It is possible to monitor the first 25 years of brac's netwoirk development as
pre-digital and where rural (mo electricity) meant every network dynamic was dirextly pesron to person. From 1996, Bangaldeh
rural areas were one of the first in poor world to connect with bot microsolar and mobile village slutions. This helps to
explain how BRAC partnership dormed around such bencmark leapfrog cases as the world's largest cashless banking network(mp3 format) called www.bhash.com
For those concerned with
2030's sustainability goals, it is always worth looking at brac first to see what ultra poor solution can be benchmarked with
BRAC as world's number 1 designer of how to empower world's poorest women to join in lifting up half the world. Inn this xintext,
recogbnistion of sir fazle as the first and most extraordinary educational laureate by wISE is fitting. Conversely if you
look at the world's foremost foundations concerned with poverty relief or education, BRAC plays an unique role.