Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
With over 114,000 employees reaching an estimated 138 million people, BRAC is the world’s largest non-governmental organisation.
BRAC is a development success story, spreading antipoverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 11 other developing countries in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, making it a global leader in providing opportunities for the world’s poor. Originally the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee and later the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, it is now formally known simply as BRAC.
With a holistic approach that uses a wide array of tools including microfinance, education, healthcare, legal services and more, BRAC invests in communities’ own human and material resources, catalysing lasting change and creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives. Of the world’s top development and humanitarian relief organisations, BRAC is one of the few based in the global South.
In 2013 BRAC partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in order to set up an Innovation Fund for Mobile Money, which would explore ways in which the use and spread of mobile money can help to alleviate poverty. BRAC has launched 10 pilots that experiment with the use of bkash in poor communities, ranging from school-fee payments to savings deposits. Drawing on the successes of the initiative, BRAC plans to expand its pilot projects into more areas, as well as to use digital financial services to transform BRAC’s current Organisational systems. This would involve client capacity building, policy and software reform, and implementation of more efficient payment processes throughout the institution.
Learn more about the Innovation Fund: http://innovation.brac.net/fundchallenge/
Read our lessons learned from BRAC’s first round of mobile money pilots:
Grameenphone is the leading telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with more than 50 million subscribers (October 2014). It is a joint venture between Grameen Telecom Corporation and Telenor of Norway which has operations in 12 other countries. Grameenphone was the first company to introduce GSM technology in Bangladesh in 1997.
Robi Axiata Limited is a joint venture company between Axiata Group Berhad, Malaysia and NTT DOCOMO INC, Japan. It was formerly known as Telekom Malaysia International (Bangladesh) which commenced operations in Bangladesh in 1997 with the brand name AKTEL. On 28th March 2010, the service name was rebranded as ‘Robi’ and the company came to be known as Robi Axiata Limited. Robi has over 25 million users in Bangladesh.
banglalink (Orascom Telecom Bangladesh Limited) is fully owned by Orascom Telecom Ventures Limited (OTV); the ultimate parent company of the group is vimpelcom, the 6th largest mobile phone operator in the world. banglalink- the second largest GSM mobile operator of Bangladesh, commenced its commercial operation in February 2005 . It has already surpassed the 25 million customer landmark within only seven years of operation. banglalink entered the market with a vision of bringing mobile telephony to the masses. Accordingly banglalink strives to understand consumers’ needs best and provides reliable & affordable communication solutions that make a difference in people’s lives.
banglalink currently has 30.5 million subscribers as of October 2014, representing a market share of 25.47%.
Airtel Bangladesh Limited is one of the fastest growing mobile services providers in Bangladesh and is a concern of Bharti Airtel Limited, a leading global telecommunications services provider. The company offers a wide array of innovative mobile services, including voice, value added services, data and m-commerce products and is focused on expanding its state-of-the-art mobile network both for coverage and capacity.
With a customer base of more than 8 million, Airtel Bangladesh is the most preferred youth brand of the country that thrives on excellent data service.
Teletalk Bangladesh Limited is a public limited company, registered under the Registrar of the Joint stock companies of Bangladesh. Total shares owned by the Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh.
Teletalk continues to be a part of the revolution that’s connecting millions of Bangladeshi people and around the world.
Teletalk Bangladesh limited was established keeping a specific role in mind. Teletalk has forged ahead and strengthened its path over the years and achieved some feats truly to be proud of, as the only Bangladeshi mobile operator and the only operator with 100% native technical and engineering human resource base, Teletalk thrives to become the true people’s phone.