Freedom from Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, The Global Grassroots Organization That's Winning the Fight Against Poverty.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Reproductive Health Matters Publisher: Reproductive Health Matters Audience: General Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Family and marriage; Health; Women's issues/gender studies Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproductive Health Matters ISSN: 0968-8080
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 18 Source Issue: 35
Topic: NamedWork: Freedom from Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, The Global Grassroots Organization That's Winning the Fight Against Poverty (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Smillie, Ian
Accession Number: 236247791
Full Text: Ian Smillie, 2009

This book traces BRAC's evolution from a small relief operation, formed in 1972, into the world's largest anti-poverty NGO. BRAC's 117,000 staff members work in 4,500 field offices that serve 110 million people, mostly in Bangladesh but also in eight other countries. BRAC's story of work across microfinance, health, education, poultry, livestock, sericulture, dairying, and numerous social businesses that finance nonprofit activities shows how social enterprise can overcome corruption and how purpose, innovation and clear thinking can overcome injustices in society. The story ranges from villages in Bangladesh to New York's financial district on 9/11, from war-torn Afghanistan to East Africa and Southern Sudan. Partly an advenmre story, partly a lesson in development economics, partly an examination of excellence in management, the book describes a remarkable success story. Four breakthroughs illustrate BRAC's work: an oral rehydration programme that reached 12 million Bangladeshi households, BRAC's provision of directly observed tuberculosis therapy which in 2005-06 treated 84,000 patients, the development of 74,000 female village health workers who offer primary care for common ailments, and an independent private BRAC University which by 2007 had 2,500 undergraduate and 560 graduate students.

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