Opinion: Ending extreme poverty is within reach. We can’t give up – Devex

This opinion article was originally published on Devex on September 19, 2023. World leaders are gathering at the United Nations this week, at the midway point of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to evaluate stalled progress and talk about how to get us back on track. This means doing more of what has already been proven to … Continued

Asian Development Bank Recognizes the Importance of CSOs and Empirically-Proven Interventions in New Report

By Marlowe Popes, Senior Field Manager, BRAC UPGI Philippines | Courtney Calardo, Head of Communications, BRAC UPGI | Rasha Natour, Head of Policy, BRAC UPGI The Asian Development Bank (ADB) plays a pivotal role in addressing the region’s most pressing issues by supporting evidence-backed, holistic programs that drive inclusive growth and enable communities and households … Continued

Investing in Those Furthest Behind in Least Developed Countries for Inclusive and Long-Term Growth

BRAC International Executive Director, Shameran Abed, and other members of BRAC leadership participated in the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries to emphasize the importance of investing in those furthest behind and addressing the multifaceted nature of extreme poverty. Governments, development partners, civil society organizations, and private sector partners came together to … Continued

How Governments Can Reach Those Furthest Behind First – Project Syndicate

This article was originally published with Project Syndicate on March 10, 2023.  We are at the halfway point for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (from 2015 to 2030), but we are not halfway to achieving them. In fact, in many critical areas – from poverty to food security – progress has been reversed in recent years, owing to … Continued

SDG Action Space Interview: Shameran Abed

BRAC International Executive Director, Shameran Abed, is interviewed at the SDG Action Space on March 7, 2023, during the Fifth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC 5) in Doha, Qatar.  

Amid Interlocking Crises, Speakers in Round Table Call for Urgent Action to Help Least Developed Countries Face Financing, Education, Social Protection Gaps – United Nations Meeting Coverage

This was originally posted by the United Nations covering the first high-level thematic roundtable at the fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries on March 5, 2023. Read the full article here.  With least developed countries fast approaching tipping points across a range of interlocking crises — including climate change, conflict, and the … Continued

Lessons from India on Scaling Graduation through Government

Continued learning and partnership will play a critical role in extreme poverty eradication efforts in the coming years as governments re-evaluate their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. During a recent immersion visit to learn more about JEEViKA’s Satat Jeevikoparjan Yojana (SJY) program, followed by the Inclusive Finance India and Livelihoods India Summits hosted … Continued

Looking Ahead in 2023: Scaling Beautifully

By Greg Chen | Managing Director, BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, liked to say that “small is beautiful, but scale is necessary.” We see this as our twin challenge – to scale at a size that is meaningful on a global level while delivering long-term impact. Recently a colleague nicely … Continued

How to Get on Track to Eradicate Extreme Poverty – IPS News

By Gregory Chen, Managing Director | BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative This piece originally appeared on Inter Press Service News on October 10, 2022. Read it here. WASHINGTON DC, Oct 10 2022 (IPS) – As we approach 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals look harder than ever to achieve. Shocks to the global economy caused by climate change, … Continued

How to Strengthen Anti-Poverty Efforts – Project Syndicate

By Shameran Abed | Executive Director, BRAC International This article originally appeared in Project Syndicate on July 26, 2021. From 1990 to 2019, the number of people living in extreme poverty (according to the World Bank threshold of $1.90 per day) plummeted, from 1.9 billion to 648 million. COVID-19 has reversed much of this progress. … Continued