Brac to work for low-cost migration of workers
Asif Showkat Kollol

Brac has decided to help Bangladeshi workers go abroad for jobs at reduced cost while the process will start from March, said officials.

“We have decided to help in sending workforce abroad at reduced cost,” said Asif Saleh, Brac senior director (strategy, communication and empowerment), at a views-exchange meeting titled “SDG and Future” with journalists yesterday.

He said a job seeker has to pay Tk8-9 lakh to the recruiting agencies for migration, which is “too high” compared to other countries.

Asif said Brac has already got licence from the authorities concerned.

He said Brach provided migration loans to potential Bangladeshi expatriates.

“But due to high cost of migration the borrowers could not make the loans of use. That’s why we decided to intervene in the process,” Asif said.

In Bangladesh, there are currently 978 recruiting agencies and handling workers’ migration for overseas jobs, according to the data of Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agencies (Baira).

Brac director (research and evaluation division) Prof Abdul Bayes discussed how Brac could help the authorities achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “But bad governance is a barrier to achieve the SDGs,” he emphasised.

Prof Bayes said the NGO has targeted to help about 1.2m ultra poor come out of poverty in 2017.

Brac director (advocacy for social change, technology and partnership strengthening) KAM Morshed also spoke on the occasion.

Brac, an international development organisation that creates opportunities for the world’s poor, was ranked the number one NGO in the world in 2017 by the  Geneva-based NGO Advisor.

Brac retained the top spot among top 500 NGOs for the second consecutive year.

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed founded Brac in 1972 to assist the people in coping with crises.

Its activities are now spread across 12 countries in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean region covering 126 million people. 

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