What does BRAC stand for?


BRAC started as a relief organization in 1972 following the Bangladesh liberation war. It started as a relief effort under the leadership of Fazle Hasan Abed, a former accountant with a multinational oil company.

Abed took a metrics-based approach with continual monitoring and learning. Now known as Sir Fazle Hasan Abed after his 2010 knighthood for services to humanity, the “committee” became his life’s work. It now reaches an estimated 135 million people in 12 countries making it the largest nonprofit organization in the world.

BRAC was formerly, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee but is now known just as BRAC.




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


BRAC USA is determined to root out the systemic causes of poverty, mainly through the empowerment of women and girls – and to design solutions that can be scaled up 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 men and women to realize their potential.