Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – BRAC, a development organization of Bangladesh, has been ranked fourth on the list of the 100 Best NGOs in the world by Switzerland based magazine, The Global Journal.

BRAC, as the only NGO from the Southern hemisphere, is among the top 10 NGOs on the list, a press statement said.

The journal recognized the NGO as an influential agent of change on a global scale for its contributions to public health, education, micro-finance, and environment.

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 138 million people.

In his reaction to the recognition, Executive Director of BRAC Mahabub Hossain said it is a vindication of hard work that the workers of BRAC are putting in all around the world in realizing the potential of the poor people who have been excluded by the system.

“We hope that we continue to be innovative and effective in our approach towards creating more opportunities for them,” Mr Hossain added.

BBN/SSR/AD-27Jan12-11:32 am (BST)