Our impact

700+

Rohingya refugees served

160k

children accessing play-based learning opportunities in refugee and host communities

10k

community health workers trained to refer patients to 100 COVID-19 testing kiosks

50k

families reached with emergency relief during monsoon season in Bangladesh

BRAC is committed to standing with communities in crisis.

BRAC was founded as a small relief effort in the aftermath of a devastating war and cyclone that ravaged Bangladesh. We were built on the principle of standing with the most vulnerable in times of crisis, and remain committed to supporting communities affected by conflict, disease, and disaster.

Families in crisis need your support

Our approach

COVID-19 response

As countries worldwide combat the spread of COVID-19, BRAC is responding comprehensively to COVID-19 with public health interventions, humanitarian assistance to meet urgent needs, and socioeconomic rehabilitation and development programs, enabling those most affected around the globe to navigate the pandemic and rebuild their lives. We are also prioritizing the health and safety of our participants, clients, and staff by adapting our programs in line with public health recommendations and government directives.

COVID-19 response

Passing out pamphlets for covid-19 symptoms and ways to prevent it.

Rohingya refugee crisis

Since August 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingya people uprooted by violence and conflict in Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh in search of safety. BRAC is now the largest responder to the Rohingya refugee crisis, delivering lifesaving assistance and supporting refugees and host communities to build a better tomorrow. Our critical services for Rohingya families and host communities include food, water, shelter, sanitation, health care, education, protection, and more.

Rohingya refugee crisis

Rohingya refugees

Extreme weather

As climate change escalates, communities in the Global South are disproportionately impacted. When extreme weather affects the places where we work, BRAC is positioned to respond quickly and comprehensively, working hand in hand with local communities. For example, when seasonal flooding, monsoon rains, and cyclones strike Bangladesh, BRAC responds rapidly with food aid, shelter, and cash support for impacted families.

Extreme weather

A flood in Bangladesh after severe rains.
The indirect impact of Covid-19 in the Global South will be even greater than the direct impact. The direct impact, as tragic as it is, affects those infected and their families. The indirect impact has economic and social consequences for vastly more people — with jobs lost, families hungry, domestic violence up, more children leaving school, and costs over generations.”
Dr. Muhammad Musa, Executive Director of BRAC International
Discover how BRAC is responding to COVID-19 across 11 countries.

Where we work

Afghanistan

Founded in 2002, Afghanistan was BRAC’s first country of operation outside of Bangladesh. We now reach communities across 14 provinces with a focus on services for girls and women, who are particularly vulnerable amid conflict.

Afghanistan

A woman at home in the Yakawlang district in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan.

Bangladesh

BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and remains headquartered in Dhaka today. Our first and largest country of operation, BRAC runs a comprehensive suite of programs in nearly every corner of the country.

Bangladesh

Refugee children in Cox's Bazar

Liberia

More than half of Liberia’s population lives below the poverty line, the largest proportion of any country where BRAC works. We launched operations in Liberia in 2008 with a goal of tackling the challenge holistically.

Liberia

Myanmar

BRAC launched programs in Myanmar in 2013. With nearly 70% of Myanmar’s population unbanked, our work emphasizes providing vulnerable communities with financial services.

Myanmar

BRAC responds to the refugee crisis in Cox's Bazar

Nepal

BRAC began its work in Nepal in response to the massive earthquake that ravaged the country in 2015. Since then, we have transitioned from emergency relief to supporting communities with long-term development programs.

Nepal

Girls in Nepal

Philippines

Although the Philippines is a middle-income country, a high proportion of children are excluded from education. Since 2012, BRAC has reached vulnerable children with quality education opportunities.

Philippines

Farmer in the Philippines

Rwanda

As our newest country of work, BRAC launched operations in Rwanda in 2019. Our work in Rwanda currently centers around financial inclusion, with the goal of expanding our services in the future.

Rwanda

women in rwanda

Sierra Leone

BRAC began its work in Sierra Leone in 2008. In a context with high rates of poverty and unemployment, particularly among youth, BRAC’s holistic portfolio of programs work to support communities to lift themselves out of poverty.

Sierra Leone

Woman in Sierra Leone in front of her house.

South Sudan

Since 2006, BRAC has supported families in South Sudan with a variety of programs. During a period of conflict and political turmoil, BRAC is committed to ensuring communities have services and support they need to build resilience.

South Sudan

woman in south sudan

Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, but widespread poverty still persists. BRAC launched its first financial inclusion programs in Tanzania in 2006, and has since expanded its work across a variety of programs to address poverty holistically.

Tanzania

Copyright: Alison Wright Photography

Uganda

BRAC expanded to Uganda in 2006, and the country has quickly become home to our largest operation outside of Bangladesh. In a country with one of the youngest populations in the world, BRAC’s work across sectors emphasizes reaching young people.

Uganda

Women refugees in Uganda

Program highlights

Responding to the Rohingya refugee crisis

BRAC has served communities in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh for nearly four decades and is now the largest responder to the Rohingya refugee crisis. Our lifesaving assistance empowers refugees and host communities to overcome the crisis, recover livelihoods, and rebuild their lives.

Our work in action

Creating safe learning environments in the world’s largest refugee camp

BRAC’s education program brings more than 30 years of experience in providing educational opportunities to children of marginalized communities. In Cox’s Bazar, BRAC expanded access to safe learning opportunities for children and young people and improved teaching quality through professional development opportunities.

Our most critical programs for vulnerable families around the world depend on the generosity of people like you.