BRAC started its work 40 years ago through the rehabilitation of households following the Bangladeshi Liberation War. Since then, BRAC has been pursuing an inclusive development strategy, along with the global community, on a path towards comprehensive progress and development. This year, BRAC celebrated its 40th anniversary with its first annual Global Learning Meeting, designed to bring together staff and leadership from all 10 countries where BRAC works to move forward to further growth in alleviating poverty and empowering women.
BRAC has initiated programs for the growing population of adolescents and youth, particularly for girls, not only because they make up nearly one-third of the world’s population, but also because they are our future leaders who need urgent support and policy attention. The Global Learning Meeting featured a new global strategy on how to better engage the girls from our adolescent development programs, and how to use their personal experiences to improve our program and scale-up our strategy to countries where we have yet to establish youth and girls' programming.
With this new engagement strategy, our inspiring girls from Tanzania will have a platform and network to share their stories and touch the lives of girls involved in all of our girls' programs, including our newly launched pilot ELA program in Haiti as well our estblished programs in Uganda, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan and possibly extend to South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where BRAC aims to increase its youth engagement.
It is important that we share the knowledge underpinning the evolution and adaptation of our youth agenda, and discuss new opportunities, to design better and more effective programs to empower and unleash the potential of our bright young girls. With your support, we continue to witness the power of that potential.