Brac Global Board has been formed to support its roadmap
Brac, one of the largest development organizations in the world, has announced that it 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), youth, and people living in poverty around the world, including Bangladesh, within the next 10 years, a press release from the organization said.
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 10 years to go to achieve the SDGs, we need to set in motion an accelerated path.”
He further said: “Brac has always believed in creating impact at scale. Small is beautiful, but scale is needed for greater impact. With 47 years of experience in working with the 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-governmental 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% of the 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, to guide the implementation roadmap of its global strategy.
The principal role of the “Brac Global Board” will be to ensure that Brac has the right strategy, resources and governance to support its vision.
There will be no other immediate change to Brac’s existing boards and governance structure.
In future, the Brac Global Board will review its activities and governance mechanisms, as needed, to consolidate Brac’s unified global strength as “One Brac” in support of its vision.
Members of the Global Board
The Brac Global Board will be chaired by Ameerah Haq, currently chair of the Supervisory Board of Stichting Brac International.
Ameerah is a former UN under-secretary-general for the Department of Field Support (2012-2014). She held the position from 2009 until her retirement and was the senior-most Bangladeshi national in the United Nations during those years.
Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, currently chairperson of the Brac Bangladesh Board and a renowned academic, economist and policymaker, has been nominated as the senior trustee of the Global Board.
Zillur is a leading policy voice in Bangladesh and was an adviser for Commerce and Education in the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh in 2008.
He is the founder and executive chairman of the think-tank Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC).
The third member of the Global Board is Lord Mark Malloch-Brown KCMG. Lord Brown served as the deputy secretary-general and chef-de-cabinet of the UN under Kofi Annan.
Before that, he was administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He later served as a minister of state in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and sat in Gordon Brown’s cabinet.
Asif Saleh, executive director of Brac and Dr Muhammad Musa, executive director, Brac International welcomed the formation of the Brac Global Board, marking it as an important step towards the worldwide scale-up of Brac’s impact.
Founded in 1972 in Bangladesh, Brac currently operates in eleven countries in Asia and Africa, reaching over 100 million people.
The countries of its operations are: Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nepal, Myanmar, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. Besides, BRAC’s ultra-poor graduation approach, an integrated model to address extreme poverty, has been adapted in more than 40 countries by NGOs, governments and multilateral institutions.