BRAC is the world’s largest nongovernmental development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty in every district in Bangladesh and in 11 low- and lower middle-income countries: Afghanistan, Haiti, Liberia, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines. Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Uganda. BRAC also has an organisation in the UK, BRAC USA. They are reaching an estimated 135 million people living in poverty. Their priority areas include well-being and resilience, economic development and social protection, education and skills development, migration, community empowerment, human rights, gender justice and diversity.
The Research and Evaluation Division (RED) was established in 1975 as an independent unit in the organisation. Although RED concentrates its activities on BRAC programmes, it also undertakes multidisciplinary studies on various development issues and subjects of national and global importance. BRAC evaluation relies on a number of designs and methods, all of which are useful, feasible, ethical and effective in finding out what is working and not in BRAC programmes. RED translates the evidence it produces through advocacy to promote evidence-informed national development programme policies and programmes in Bangladesh. It also extends research support to overseas programmes of BRAC in Asia and Africa.