Bangladesh-based international development organization BRAC has retained its position as the top NGO of the world for the 5th consecutive year.
The rankings for 2020 were announced by the Geneva-based organization NGO Adviser which publishes the rankings every year based on publicly available data for the top 500 global NGOs.
In drawing the rankings the Public Adviser focuses on the impact, innovation, governance and sustainability of the NGO.
BRAC was founded by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 1972 immediately after Bangladesh came into existence as an independent nation in 1971 to help the returning war refugees with small-scale relief and rehabilitation project.
BRAC also runs a university, a bank, insurance company, a seed company among other things.
BRAC is the largest non-governmental development organisation in the world, in terms of number of employees as of September 2016.