Social Enterprises
BRAC has a holistic approach to poverty reduction and empowerment of the poor. If we come across a problem in a poor person's life, then we look for solutions. Sometimes that solution is a new development programme, sometimes it is a new financial service within our microfinance programme, and sometimes it is a business solution - a social enterprise that directly benefits and meets a poor family's needs

BRAC University
BRAC University (www.bracuniversity.ac.bd) was established in 2001 with the aim of providing a broad based, high quality education to its students and developing them into the next generation of visionary leaders. To this end, BRAC University acts as an ideal meeting point of theory and practice by combining the in-depth field experience garnered by BRAC with the teachings of a world-class faculty. Over the years, the university has also partnered with reputable academic institutions from around the world to enhance the educational experience it provides.

BRAC University offers Bachelors degrees in Architecture, Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Economics, Electronics and Communications Engineering, English, Law and Physics. Post graduate courses include: Master of Business Administration offered by BRAC Business School;Master of Public Health offered by the James P. Grant School of Public Health;Master of Arts in Governance and Development offered by the Institute of Governance Studies; as well as Master of Development Studies and Master in Disaster Management.

The main campus is in Mohakhali,Dhaka and consists of four different buildings all in close proximity to each other. The residential campus is located at the BRAC training and resource centre at Savar. One of the unique features of the University is the Residential Semester started in July 2003 which is mandatory for all undergraduates.The semester includes courses in Bangladesh Studies, Ethics, English Language, and Computer Science and Engineering.

The University strives to achieve the highest standard of academic excellence and to recruit a diverse student population. In 2007, an equivalent of BDT 33 million (USD 485,000) in scholarships and tuition waver fees were allocated to students from underprivileged backgrounds. Currently the University has 3157 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students. BRAC University held two convocations in 2007 - in February and December - at which more than 400 students graduated under various disciplines

Institute of Educational Development (IED):
BRAC University's Institute of Educational Development represents a key element of BRAC's overall effort to support the national education system.The institute's mission is to promote professional capacity building and provide technical support to education in the public system. Programme units have been developed for Early Childhood Development, Primary Education, Secondary Education,Teacher Development,Non- formal Education/Life-Long Learning and Educational Research. It has engaged in educational policy advocacy and has begun a post-graduate certificate course in Early Childhood Development. IED has also received approval from University Grants Commission to offer a post graduate degree in educational leadership and management (M.Ed).

Institute for Governance Studies
The Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) is a research, training and teaching institute of BRAC University. Currently, 25 midcareer civil servants are enrolled on the institute's postgraduate course in governance and development. In addition, IGS is providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to undertake a compliance review of the United Nations Convention against Corruption and is supporting the Cabinet Division in formulating a National Integrity Strategy for Bangladesh. The institute is also in discussion with the World Bank on the establishment of a South Asian Centre for Social Accountability to be based at the IGS.

James P Grant School of Public Health
The James P Grant School of Public Health (or BRAC School of Public Health) at BRAC University was established three years ago.Their flagship course is the Masters of Public Health which has been running since February 2005 and accepts 27 students each year.The school attracts students from different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.The World Health Organization has featured the School as one of the six schools in the world promoting and practicing innovative public health education.The School has earned a name for its emphasis on community-based experiential learning and is the secretariat for Bangladesh Health Watch.

BRAC Bank Limited
A full-service commercial bank since its inception in July 2001, BRAC Bank (www.bracbank.com) focuses on perusing unexpected market niches in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector, which remains largely untapped in Bangladesh. BRAC Bank believes that this sector can contribute the most to a rapid generation of employment in the country. Till December 2006, the bank had disbursed over Tk. 25 billion (USD 370 million) in loans to nearly 75,000 small and medium enterprises.

With local and international shareholding by BRAC, International Finance Corporation and Shorecap International, BRAC Bank is listed in both the Dhaka and Chittagong Stock Exchanges.

BRAC Bank’s network has grown to 26 branches, 376 SME unit offices, more than 1,000 remittance delivery points, 28 ATMs and 5 Cash Deposit Machines across the country. The bank’s customer base also expanded to 300,000 deposit accounts and 75,000 advance accounts in 2006.

BRAC Bank operates under a ‘double bottom-line’ agenda where profit and social responsibility go hand in hand as it strives towards a poverty-free, enlightened Bangladesh.

bracNet
Bringing affordable internet and data connectivity to the masses is the mission of bracNet. The company was launched in 2005 by BRAC in partnership with gNet DDH LLC, with principal partners of the consortium including Marubeni Corporation of Japan, Calvert Fund and Defta Partners of the US and Brummer Partners of Sweden.

The partnership between gNet, DDH, LLC, and BRAC brings great advantages and synergies in terms of exchanging local and foreign expertise, technology and skills. BRAC’s countrywide network of over 3,000 offices also provides an excellent infrastructure base for bracNet.

bracNet is building a nationwide wireless data network deploying state-of-the-art technology to connect the entire country, serving large corporations, small businesses and educational institutions alike. Its network coverage will connect BRAC offices and in turn connect the rural population of Bangladesh.
bracNet’s services include nationwide internet connection and internet data connectivity. Recognising the importance of local content online, the company has also launched a web portal (www.bracnet.net). Other services include real time communications, dial-up services, online business directory, classifieds, and people-finder facilities as well as the e-hut initiative, a one-stop shop offering a range of digital services to urban and rural communities.

Conclusion:
Though BRAC has some disadvantages they are working for the welfare of the power poor people, they are trying to reach at the grassroots level of the society. They are trying to create awareness of the poorest people.

Reference:
1. www.banglapedia.org
2. www.brac.net
3. www.wikipedia.org