Fazle Hasan Abed
(Building Resources Across Communities) in 1972, in the aftermath of the liberation of Bangladesh. He states that "Scaling Up and Managing Well is the BRAC approach to health and development." From humble beginnings, BRAC has become one of the world's largest NGOs with over 100,000 staff members and an annual budget of more than $430 million. A remarkable 78% of which is self-financed by BRAC initiatives, a model of international leadership in sustainable development for resource scarce and rural areas.
BRAC is dedicated to alleviating poverty and empowering the poor by utilizing a comprehensive, multilateral approach that combines microfinance with health, education, and other social development programs. Mr. Abed advocates a holistic approach to poverty alleviation, emphasizing the importance of gender equality and social mobilization.
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