The HRLS (Human Rights and Legal Aid Services) programme of BRAC has now its 517 legal aid serving clinics countrywide, which have been serving the poor community for first seeking of their help in the land measurement issues. Throughout the dynamic initiative of HRLS programme, a vast network of the communities has been proactive into the human rights violations. Today, HRLS continues to support a holistic legal aid services across the country. This initiative is targeted to reach about 1.8 million poor households, and making a significant impact on demand for property rights, increasing technical understanding to make sure ownership and title over land as well as the organisation and reduce of conflict through intervention and the recognised justice system. It is a unique form of creating new land entrepreneurs while government certified training on land measurement course is a counterpart to the different group of land entrepreneurs in the community. The land entrepreneurs of HRLS are also monitored to track human rights violations in their respective communities and serve their clients through HRLS legal aid clinics.
The Property Rights Initiatives (PRI) of the BRAC HRLS programme works with selfselected and highly motivated individuals to develop and test a business model and market mechanism for land measurement enabling them to become sustainable microentrepreneurs. This model leverages BRAC’s work to develop standardised and systematised livelihood business models that can be characterised as a ‘microfranchising’ approach, whereby these ‘franchised entrepreneurs’ are provided free training, access to inventory, branding, quality control and on-going supervision to become successful in generating a regular income from selling and measurement services. In exchange, they provide free information on property rights, a critical community service of ‘public good.’
Training of the Land Entrepreneurs (LEs) has been started for providing land measurement services to the communities. The latest March 2015, a total 516 LEs including 22 women were trained who have provided land measurement services to 7232 individuals included 230 women. The BRAC trained LEs offer free land measurement services to the clients in their respective communities. The LEs managed to earn a total of BDT 3031,860.00 (approx. USD 40,425) until March 2015, where each of the clients had to pay BDT 437, which is about USD 6 on an average.