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Opportunities for People with Disabilities - BRAC (Spring 2013)

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Opportunities for People with Disabilities - BRAC (Spring 2013)

Client Profile

BRAC is one of the largest development organizations in the world, with over 100,000 employees worldwide. It strives to alleviate poverty through empowerment and creating opportunities for the poor. BRAC works on many different fronts in order to combat issues of poverty: focusing on empowerment of women and farmers, grassroots organization, health, education, inclusive financial services, and self-sustainment. The organization began as the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee (BRAC) in 1972 to provide relief and rehabilitation following the end of Bangladesh’s War of Liberation. Over the last decade, the organization has extended its work beyond Bangladesh to 11 additional countries. The main values of the organization are innovation, integrity, inclusion and effectiveness.

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Definition of Problem

With inclusion as one of its core values, BRAC has been a leader in the development world, including in gender policy, forming a gender equality diversity team (GEDT) in the mid-1990s. BRAC describes itself as an “equal opportunity” employer. However, BRAC has never systematically assessed to what extent they practice inclusiveness hiring and support for staff, in terms of people with disabilities, religion, generational, race/ethnicity and other forms of diversity.

As part of an ongoing Organizational Change initiative, BRAC is considering starting a diversity initiative, with an initial focus on staff with disabilities and how BRAC can better create an accessible/supportive infrastructure. To some extent, BRAC does address the topic of disabilities in terms of the communities that they work with, but not systematically at the level of the organization itself.   There is scope for BRAC to create policies institutionalizing equal opportunity practices to better achieve internal inclusiveness.

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Ethical Leadership Development - Centro de Investigación y Acción Social (Spring 2013)

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Ethical Leadership Development - Centro de Investigación y Acción Social (Spring 2013)

Client Profile

Centro de Investigación y Acción Social is a non-profit organization founded by the Jesuits in Argentina that aspires to build a leadership Institute in Buenos Aires that contributes to building fairer and more developed societies in Latin America, while promoting stable democracies and politicians who serve the common good. Its mission is to train a new generation of political leaders committed to the common good and Christian values. One of its goals is to help construct a community of policymakers and politicians worldwide who share common values and see politics as a way to improve people’s lives. CIAS seeks to build a community of successful and experienced politicians who have a record of ethical conduct, and build bridges to young politicians who want to develop a career in the service of the common good.

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Definition of Problem

From a foundation of excellent academic research on Latin America’s most pressing economic and political challenges, CIAS seeks to expand its work to provide effective training for current and future politicians. One possible model for training politicians seeking a more just society would be to provide university-backed graduate courses and seminars in CIAS’s areas of expertise. Key concepts to address would be:

  • Bridging the gap between academic research and the world of active politicians
  • Identifying best practices and successful training programs for politicians
  • Determining who should participate, how to recruit participants, how to form the training program

 

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