Who We Are

What does BRAC stand for?


BRAC is a development success story, spreading anti-poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 11 other developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. It is a global leader in providing opportunities for the world’s poor. Originally the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee and later the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, it is now formally known simply as BRAC.


BRAC began as a limited relief effort for refugees displaced after the 1972 Bangladesh Liberation War. Led by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, a former accountant with a multinational oil company, BRAC employed a metrics-based approach, with continual monitoring and learning, to pilot and perfect programs before scaling them to reach millions.


Founded in 2007, BRAC USA is an independent affiliate of BRAC, with its own Board of Directors that exercises full fiduciary responsibility for all grants, philanthropic programs and services.

BRAC USA is determined to root out the systemic causes of poverty, particularly through the empowerment of women and girls, and to design solutions that can be scaled to reach millions.

Our vision

A world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential.

Our mission

Our mission is to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice. Our interventions aim to achieve large-scale, positive changes through economic and social programs that enable everyone to realize their potential.

What makes BRAC different?

BRAC sees the creativity, ingenuity and drive in each person and provides people living in poverty with the tools they need to create the life they want for themselves, their families and their communities.


BRAC’s impact, which has improved the lives of over 138 million people, is driven by our commitment to:

Data-driven innovation

BRAC continuously tests, measures and modifies its solutions in order to maximize its effectiveness

Community engagement

BRAC develops solutions together with the communities it works with, building trust and ensuring that local needs are always met

A holistic approach

BRAC amplifies its impact by combining its services, coupling programs like microfinance with health and education with agriculture, to address the structural constraints of poverty

Sustainable solutions

BRAC takes a business approach to ending poverty – in Bangladesh, 70% of BRAC’s programs are self-sustaining