Sir Fazle Hasan Abed/BRAC

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed/BRAC – 2014 F4D Women’s Champion Award Recipient

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is a Bangladeshi social worker, the founder and chairman of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO with over 100,000 employees. Although the name “BRAC” currently does not represent an acronym, the organization was formerly known the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee and then as the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee.

In a span of only three decades, BRAC has grown to become the largest development organization in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions. As BRAC grew, Abed ensured that it continued to target the landless poor, particularly women, a large percentage of whom live below the poverty line with little or no access to resources or conventional development efforts.

BRAC now operates in more than 69 thousand villages of Bangladesh and covers an estimated 110 million people through its development interventions that range from primary education, essential healthcare, agricultural support and human rights and legal services to microfinance and enterprise development. It is now considered the largest non-profit in the world – both by employees and people served.

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