BRAC powers people to rise above poverty.
BRAC is a leading international nonprofit with a mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease, and social injustice. We design proven, scalable solutions that equip people with the support, skills, and confidence they need to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve their potential.
A big vision for big change
BRAC envisions a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination, where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. Our approach is grounded in the conviction that people living in poverty can be agents of change if they are empowered with the tools, skills, and hope they need to change their lives.
What makes BRAC unique
BRAC continuously innovates, tests, and strengthens its solutions to maximize its effectiveness.
BRAC develops solutions in partnership with communities, building trust, and making it a priority to meet local needs.
Poverty is complex and multifaceted, and it demands holistic solutions. BRAC’s programs are designed to address poverty’s many dimensions.
BRAC takes a business approach to ending poverty, using social enterprise models to recover costs and accelerate impact at scale.
Through its visionary moves, BRAC has made a huge contribution to social change in Bangladesh and abroad."
The story of BRAC
In the aftermath of a brutal war for independence and a devastating cyclone that ravaged his home country of Bangladesh, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, an executive working at a multinational oil company, was compelled to do something to help. He founded BRAC, which began as a small relief effort in 1972. Sir Fazle left his job as the organization took shape, and he never looked back. For nearly 50 years, BRAC evolved under Sir Fazle’s leadership and vision, changing countless lives in his home country and around the world. Today, BRAC’s programs in education, health care, youth empowerment, financial inclusion, agriculture, and more reach 100 million people across Asia and Africa.
About BRAC USA
BRAC USA is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit that strengthens BRAC's impact by raising awareness and mobilizing resources to support its programs.
We approach our work with honesty and integrity.
We innovate and iterate to improve our impact.
We foster inclusion to reach those who need it most.
We strive for effectiveness to better serve people in poverty.
Our work in action
One man’s vision changed millions of lives
Explore the life and legacy of BRAC founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, whose vision and leadership has guided our work for nearly 50 years.