BRAC ranked #1 NGO in the world for the fifth consecutive year
The organization maintains its top ranking as it continues the legacy of late founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
BRAC has been ranked the world’s number one non-governmental organization (NGO) of 2020 by NGO Advisor, an independent Geneva-based media organization. BRAC, a leading development organization based in Bangladesh, retained its top spot in part due to its robust leadership and governance structure and continued commitment to systemic change.
“We are deeply grateful and humbled to receive this accolade. 2020 will be the first year for BRAC family without our Founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. We take this recognition as a reminder to be worthy of his legacy and continue the fight for a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination,” said Ameerah Haq, Chair, BRAC Global Board.
After nearly five decades of experience in Bangladesh and beyond, BRAC recently announced a new 2030 strategy that prioritizes scaling its global reach, targeting participants with multiple interventions, and developing collaboration and knowledge-sharing leadership across the development sector. In 2019, it formed a new Global Board to lead and implement this strategy.
Jean-Christophe Nothias, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of NGO Advisor, cited BRAC’s renewed commitment to innovation and impact and its advanced preparations to transition leadership and governance responsibilities to the next generation of leaders as key factors that contributed to the number one ranking.
“This 2020 list is launched with excitement as the social profit sector keeps growing and transforming the world, but also with sadness as the founder of BRAC, Sir Fazle, passed away in 2019,” wrote Jean-Christophe. “He was a man of outstanding stature and humanity; he was at the forefront of systemic changes we are still aiming for. We have reason to believe that BRAC is on its way to pay a sustainable tribute to its founder by keeping its leading, driving role in the social profit sector.”
NGO Advisor publishes rankings for the top 500 global NGOs each year, drawing upon publicly-available data and focusing on impact, innovation, governance, and sustainability as key factors informing the rankings.
2020 marks BRAC’s fifth consecutive year in the number one spot. BRAC shares the top five with several high-impact peers, including Médecins Sans Frontières, Danish Refugee Council, Open Society Foundations, and Mercy Corps.
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About NGO Advisor
A Geneva-based independent media organization, NGO Advisor has published the Top NGOs World ranking annually since 2012, spotlighting the most innovative and impactful organizations in the sector. Co-founded in 2009 by Jean-Christophe Nothias, a journalist formerly with The Global Journal, the organization combines academic rigor with journalistic integrity and autonomy. Over the years, the organization has refined the ranking’s methodology to emphasize not only creativity and innovation but also key operational features like governance, transparency, and sustainability. Using publicly available information, NGOs are scored against 165 individual criteria and can earn a maximum score of 1,400. Learn more at ngoadvisor.net.
BRAC is a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. These include initiatives in education, healthcare, microfinance, women and girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, and more. BRAC’s vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. Founded in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC acts as a catalyst, creating opportunities for people to transform their lives. BRAC employs about 100,000 people in 11 countries, with a total global expenditure of more than $1 billion. Learn more at brac.net.
Matt Kertman, Senior Manager for Communications