BRAC (10 Countries)


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Field: microfinance, social entrepreneurship, health care, nutrition, education – an holistic approach

Where: Haiti, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Afghanistan Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh

BRAC is a non-governmental development organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their own lives. Started in Bangladesh in 1972, it focuses on work with poor women, who are the worst affected by poverty.

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Becoming involved with one of the nonprofits or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that we list is one of the most powerful ways of affecting the lives of women in developing countries.  There are some criteria that we consider when recommending NGOs.  You might use them when you think about choosing an NGO to work with.

  1. Tax Exempt Status:  Does the organization have nonprofit status with the US Internal Revenue Service?  Or does it have a nonprofit fiscal agent in the US?  Or will it be recognized by the IRS as an appropriate foreign nonprofit?  The latter can be sought through following the IRS expenditure responsibility process.
  2. Goals:  Does the organization have building women’s economic rights and capabilities as its primary goal?  Or, is one of its core programs focused on women’s economic empowerment?
  3. Evaluation & Results:  Can the organization show results in this area?  Does it use more than anecdotal evidence to measure its results? 
  4. Track Record:  Does the organization have a proven track record of effective work with women in the developing world?
  5. Leadership:  Does the organization have effective and visionary leadership that includes women?
  6. Management:  Is the organization well managed?
  7. Staff:  Are there women from the developing world on the staff at headquarters and on site?  Or are there local women in on-site offices?
  8. Board of Directors:  Does the organization have a representative, effective and engaged Board, including women?
  9. Budget:  Recognizing that service delivery costs can be high in the developing world, does the organization’s budget seem appropriate?
  10. Sustainability:  Are the organization’s solutions sustainable or could they be?