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. Seeing the creativity, ingenuity, and drive in each person, BRAC is a global leader in providing opportunities for the world’s poor and provides people living in poverty with the tools they need to create the life they want for themselves, their families and their communities. Originally founded as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee and later known as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, it is now 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.