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A. Mushtaque Chowdhury

Professor of Clinical
Population and Family Health


BRAC, 75 Mohakhali
Dhaka Bangladesh 1212
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nopt sure i belieuve this analysis of how dfid spends its money 

Nongovernmental organizations remain essential U.K.’s Department for International Development partners in turning the Sustainable Development Goals into a global reality. In 2015, DfID reported that over 10 percent of its bilateral program worldwide was implemented by NGOs.

DfID is expected to soon release the result of its Civil Society Partnership Review — a study of its relationship with civil society organizations. While the review will not determine allocation, it will likely influence DfID’s engagement strategy toward international and domestic NGOs.

The U.K. has unveiled a new aid strategy and announced budget shifts with 50 percent of all DfID’s spending channeled to fragile states and regions. The strategy as a whole suggests a shift of funding toward the MENA region and Syria in particular. A move that is likely to result to adjustment and changes in many NGO operations.

While one of DfID's largest civil society unrestricted funding mechanisms, the Program Partnership Arrangements, are due to end in December 2016, U.K. aid has introduced the Ross Fund, a $1.4 billion commitment to global public health. The initiative places new emphasis on research organizations and will benefit organizations working on tackling infectious diseases, including malaria, diseases of epidemic potential, such as Ebola, neglected tropical diseases and drug-resistant infections.

DfID headquarters manages several other funding mechanisms for NGOs, the majority of which only award restricted funding. Funding mechanisms for NGOs which are currently open include:

• Common Ground Initiative: Provides grants to U.K.-based, diaspora-led organizations working to promote sustainable development in the poorest communities in Africa.
• Disability Rights Fund: Provides grants to support the work of disabled people’s organizations in developing countries.

Below, Devex ranks DfID’s top 15 NGO partners for 2015, based on spend data published for that calendar year on the U.K. aid agency’s website. Citing security concerns, DfID has withheld transactions for Afghanistan, the sixth biggest recipient of U.K. aid, from publication. The majority of the groups on the list are headquartered in the United Kingdom.

1. Population Services International
Founded: 1970
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
President and CEO: Karl Hofmann
DfID funding: 48.8 million pounds ($58.8 million)

2. IMA World Health
Founded: 1960
Headquarters: New Windsor, Maryland, United States
President and CEO: Rick Santos
DfID funding: 37 million pounds

3. Marie Stopes International
Founded: 1976
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
CEO: Simon Cooke
DfID funding: 33.9 million pounds

4. VSO
Founded: 1958
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
CEO: Philip Goodwin
DfID funding: 31.4 million pounds

5. Plan International
Founded: 1937
Headquarters: Woking, United Kingdom
CEO: Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen
DfID funding: 30.5 million pounds

Founded: 1972
Headquarters: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Executive director: Muhammad Musa
DfID funding: 29.9 million pounds

7. British Council
Founded: 1934
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
President and CEO: Ciaran Devane
DfID funding: 26.5 million pounds

8. Oxfam
Founded: 1995
Headquarters: Oxford, United Kingdom
Executive director: Winnie Byanyima
DfID funding: 25.4 million pounds

9. Christian Aid
Founded: 1945
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
CEO: Loretta Minghella
DfID funding: 21.5 million pounds

10. CARE International
Founded: 1946
Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
Secretary-general and CEO: Wolfgang Jamann
DfID funding: 19.9 million pounds

11. Clinton Health Access Initiative
Founded: 2002
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
CEO and vice chairman: Ira Magaziner
DfID funding: 19.1 million pounds

12. BBC Media Action
Founded: 2011
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
Executive director: Caroline Nursey
DfID funding: 16.2 million pounds

13. International Rescue Committee
Founded: 1993
Headquarters:  New York, New York, United States
President and CEO: David Miliband
DfID funding: 14.8 million pounds

14. Sightsavers
Founded: 1950
Headquarters: Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
CEO: Caroline Harper
DfID funding: 13.9 million pounds

15. Malaria Consortium
Founded: 2003
Headquarters: London, United Kingdom
CEO: Charles Nelson
DfID funding: 12.5 million pounds

how far we have come - a report on brac in 1979

Up from under in Bangladesh


Village women of Jamalpur meet to discuss common problems. The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee helps to initiate aid projects based on the idea that the villagers themselves know best.

The women of Jamalpur, Bangladesh, are breaking with tradition - a tradition that has kept them secluded in the houses of their husbands for centuries. They are learning to read and write. They are finding out about the causes of poverty and disease around them. They are teaching one another about farming and weaving, health and medicines. They are assuming public roles of leadership and management for the first time in their history and are contributing to local economic development through successful production cooperatives.

It is hard for us in the West to imagine the drama involved in such profound changes. These Bengali women have always assumed heavy reponsibilities and worked long hours to maintain their households. But their work was neither visible nor recognized and they bore their burdens in isolation.

At the age of five or six, Jamalpur girls begin rearing their younger brothers and sisters. They usually do not go to school. If they do, they seldom attend past primary school. Often they are given less food to eat and fewer clothes to wear than their brothers, for their status is second to any male born into the family.

When she grows up, a Jamalpur woman can expect 11 to 12 pregnancies and several miscarriages and infant deaths. She will spend 14 to 16 hours a day housekeeping, childrearing, farming, threshing, husking, preparing and preserving food, spinning and weaving. She will also tend livestock, collect fuel, make fishnets and carry water. Her husband works fewer hours out in the fields, where communal activity is too public for women. By the age of thirty she will probably be a grandmother and will be considered too old to be useful.

Her contributions to family economics are essential, and she must know a great deal to carry out her roles effectively. But she earns no income or recognition. Her low status is deeply ingrained in her culture. If she were not poor, she would work less but would still be socially isolated by the ‘purdah' tradition.

The devastating floods of 1974 wiped out harvests and drove many of these women into the streets to beg. The struggle for survival was stronger than the tradition which had kept them behind closed doors. Food was a vital necessity and had to be obtained some­how. UNICEF offered a food-for-work program and 15 women agreed to be trained as teachers. When the program ended in late 1975, they had gained enough courage to seek assistance in continuing their work.

The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), aided by funds from Oxfam in the U.S. and the U.K. agreed to support a program the 15 women would plan, manage and implement to serve 24 villages within a five-mile radius of Jamalpur town.

After five days of intensive training, the UNICEF experience in conducting ‘functional education' classes, and two short evaluation and planning courses, they embarked on the new project in January, 1976.

BRAC is a non-profit private organi­zation of Bengalis whose rural develop­ment plans have served hundreds of villages throughout Bangladesh. At the heart of BRAC's philosophy is the expectation that the villagers will achieve a level of competence that will later enable them to carry out programs without BRAC's help. The. idea is to make villages economically. independent, In Jamalpur, the women are organizing cooperatives, education, and family health programs - all run by the village women themselves.

The goal of the Jamalpur Women's Program is to provide ‘functional education' - education suited to the needs of the villagers: raising the level of literacy, improving personal health, ad­vancing economically and increasingly cultural awareness. Functional education provides an opportunity for critical self­awareness in relation to that environment, for building confidence in the women's own creativity and in their capabilities for action. Villagers are learning to focus on and analyze their own problems and to see the advantage of coming together in groups, such as village cooperatives.

The fifteen women from Jamalpur spread their movement effectively. Because most of them were from the same socioeconomic class as the village women, the latter were open to learning from them. Subjects such as personal health or hygiene could be discussed without embarassment. New teachers, para-medics and group leader are all volunteers, from the same class as the villagers.

Despite occasional discrimination for breaking away from the 'purdah' tradition, the women sense the real importance of their actions and are not deterred. The BRAC Newsletter reports:

Although they have experienced some community resistance to their work, especially from their mothers-in-law, the resistance has died down. They are proud to be earning members of the family alongside their husbands. Even if they do not earn a large income, they have benefitted from the actual fact of working.

The BRAC staff address their activities primarily to the most disadvantaged of the villages, since development programs usually do not include these people. For the Jamalpur program, the target popu­lation is women of productive age (15 to 45) who came from landless families with no assets, fisherman families with no tools, and families who sell their manual labor on a seasonal basis.

Emphasis changed from skills training to the establishment of economic cooperatives. Fourteen cooperatives were established with some loans and financial assistance from BRAC. They include eight (rice) paddy husking cooperatives, one paddy - husking and silk worm cooperative (sericulture), one paddy husking/fishery coop, a paddy husking/ cheera making coop (cheera is a snack food made from rice), two poultry co-ops and one weaving co-op.

One difficulty in establishing the co-ops has been finding economic activ­ities with ready market outlets. When new markets have to be established, the women face a community of men who are reluctant to deal with businesswomen - obviously an anomaly in Bengali society.

Paddy - husking was the first successful economic venture of the program, primarily because it produces quick cash. Two women working a rice husker can process 410 pounds of rice per week yielding 58 pounds of rice and 21 pounds of husks. The rice can be sold at a reliable profit and the husks are used as poultry feed.

Workshops in sericulture and weaving, cooperative organization and management and groundnut (peanut) cultivation signal the change in emphasis from education and social development to economic development. Fisheries, silkworm farms and weaving cooperatives require several years to realize any profits; thus they represent the kinds of longterm economic plans that can be implemented by the women of Bangladesh. The key has been to tailor economic development plans to the skills, resources and needs of the area.

Fazel Hasan Abed, BRAC's executive director, has described their approach as:

a humanist rather than humanitarian approach to development, one which is people-as much as service-oriented. In the past develop­ment programs have failed because their objectives did not match the real needs of the people. We say, who knows the needs o f the village best? The people who live in it - and it is from the local community that we enlist workers for each project.

But the road is not always smooth as BRAC itself admits. The Committee's 1978 report on the Jamalpur project notes that ‘local field staff did not mature and develop as expected' and there was confusion about loans amongst both management and field staff.

In Jamalpur, the direction andguidance of the program is left to women of limited education and limited experience with the outside world. The success of the Jamalpur project is directly dependent on the training and understanding of the original 15 women. Consequently the first few years have been a time of dis­covery; the first teachers now are dis­covering their abilities as leaders. As teachers they were raising the conscious­ness of their students and at the same time having their own consciousness raised. As leaders, this process continues.

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Would the global financial system be designed to sustain or collapse local communities?

Would 2015-2025 be the under 30s most exciting and productive time to be alive as they linked in sustainability of the human race.  Would the parts of the Western hemisphere that advanced the industrial revolution's empires demand that its politicians, professions and academics "happily get out of the way of the sustainability generation being led by the half of youth living within 3000 miles of Beijing"?

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Would every community's most trusted practitioners be educator, health servant and banker.

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2 how open technologists helped nursing to become the most trusted grassroots information networkof the 21st century, and saved the affordability of healthcare and nutritition for everyone

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5 orphanage networks as the world's most inspired jobs agency network and home of financial literacy mooc

6 bottom-up EAgri: designing a collaboration portal on the top 30 crops that need to be mobilised by local value chain maps so that hard working nutrition workers are sustainable however small their farming assets and however variable a particular season's climate

7 what do BRAC's barefoot professionals linkin so that village organisations are collaboratively resilient whatever nature-made or man-made disasters popup


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