One of my former students, Rebecca Stevenson, is interning this summer in the Social Innovation Lab at BRAC. She’s been focusing mostly on slums and urban issues. This internship is her first foray into the world of development, and she is the author of the post below on scaling impact in development projects.
I didn’t realize until recently how big BRAC had become. According to Wikipedia, it is the largest NGO in the world, with more than 100,000 employees (and 70% of them women). It was created in 1972 and now serves “all 64 districts of Bangladesh as well as in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Haiti and The Philippines.”