Learning fast: Lessons from the massive Rohingya refugee relief effort

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Over 600,000 Rohingya refugees fled Myanmar and streamed into Bangladesh in the three-month period of August-November 2017, overwhelming the local population. BRAC, the world’s largest—and perhaps least known—non-governmental development organisation, is quietly rolling out a comprehensive, creative, community-based aid program that engages the local community and takes unique sensitivities into account. With little mobile phone access, volunteers liaise between aid agencies and refugees to carry information. Data gathering and collation is critical to effective deployment of humanitarian aid. Building relationships with locals is an effective means of pre-empting hostility toward refugees. When the army of Myanmar expelled more than...

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