DSA 2022 Pre-conference Roundtable | BRAC@50: What Can We Learn From the World’s Largest NGO?

BRAC’s 50 years of work focusing on the economic and social empowerment of people living in poverty has helped us to build a new approach to southern development.

In this roundtable session organized by the Development Studies Association (DSA) and BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), we brought together leading experts on BRAC to share critical lessons of BRAC’s 50 years in building a southern approach to development—focusing on the economic and social empowerment of poor women and men through the transfer of resources and capacity-building—for promoting beneficial policy and norms changes. The session was organized as a pre-conference webinar prior to the DSA 2022 Annual Conference on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm (Bangladesh time).


1. The BRAC approach as a global southern experience:
Shahaduz Zaman (Professor in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Brighton and Sussex Medical School), Asif Saleh (Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh) and Tamara Abed (Managing Director, BRAC Enterprises and Chair of Board of Trustees, BRAC University)

2. Gender equality and women’s empowerment: A critical reflection on the quiet revolution:
Marty Chen (Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Senior Advisor, WIEGO Network), Sohela Nazneen (Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies) and Nobonita Chowdhury (Director, Preventing Violence Against Women Initiative and Gender Justice and Diversity, BRAC)

3. From Bangladesh to the world: The politics of creating global public goods– the case of BRAC’s Ultra Poor Graduation model:
Syed Hashemi (Professor at the School of General Education, BRAC University), Aude Montesquiou (Senior Advisor, Strategy and Digital Innovations for scaling Economic Inclusion, BRAC Institute of Governance & Development) and Greg Chen (Managing Director, BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative).

Chair: Naila Kabeer (Professor of Gender and Development, LSE)

Meet the speakers of this event