How Does a Branch Experience During the Transition? A Case Study of Cost Recovery Approach in BRAC Education Programme

BRAC initiated an Education programme in 1985 to provide free primary education opportunities to the disadvantaged children of the poor community through its non-formal primary education intervention. Various development partners generously donated in this great effort which enabled BRAC to operate the education programme in a philanthropic approach for thirty-one years. In 2015, Bangladesh achieved ‘lower middle-income country’ status which caused a shrink in receiving foreign donations. BRAC, therefore, adopted a cost recovery approach in 2016. The parents now pay a lump sum tuition fee for educating their children in BRAC’s primary schools. The research question of this study was- how a branch office at the field level experienced the overall transition process while operating BRAC Primary School (BPS) through a cost recovery approach? To answer this question four areas such as (1) the dissemination process of the cost recovery model to the project stakeholders, (2) the operational and financial management process of the model, (3) the beneficiaries’ perception towards cost recovery and (4) the updated status of BEP’s implementation plan-2017 during cost recovery approach were explored.

Authors: Babu, Rasel; Karim, Md Iftikhar Ul
Type: Working Paper
Year: 2017