world record job creator 9* Sir Fazle Abed: whose system designs and microfranchises exponentially helped world poorest women build 100+ million person nations (eg
9.1 quadir brothers : brac and www.bkash.com; 9.2 abdul latif ; 9.3 paul polak ; 9.4 borlaug ; 9.5 ying lowrey
5th year of discussing
eg kim 80th birthday greeting, soros and wise laureates, Norman macrae
5.1 Next few years see many tipping points –potentially doubling or halving brac's
goodwill annually (yuxuan can you brief amy on drawing those pictures i showed you of one expoentially down parrtner collapsing
all- if i have to draw anything for sir fazle that will be first piece of the map)
5.2 Message that only BRAC can unite
Thriving girls livelihoods
(starting with those born poorest) integral/essemtial to Sustainability System design
5.3 Urgent startup Projects supporting this
Linkin leapfrog coding club – bkash puts you at epicenbtre of leapfrogging finance- sir girdon browns tream asking who
is leapfrog of education; also youth's hackathon world is wondering what does bangladesh as an elearning nation mean?
1a which rural
practice apps eg health or nutrition action learning can help create most peer to peer value for youth to develop (eg
is adolesecnt health the next oral rehydration -see amy and george mail)
1b sustainability investment bank assocuation -owned 51%+ by coders
for the poorest (and final piece of brac's total bottom up financing of bangladesh -ulttra por, microfinance plus brac bank
Girls sustainability council supporting shameran as advisers to where BRAC action learning opportunities can be celebrated
– start with chiense because 1.2 billion girl livelihoods in play up to 2030now
3 Global youth summits
and opportintity webs- build biorderless job creating friendships in which china and bangaldesh youth/girls are pivotal in
every twin nation exchange
is the difficulkt part for me to explain in one minute that lives up to your extraordinary promises
5.4 global youth partership consultanct network
of amy and yuxuan -anchored in china but linking in all pro-youth jopbs places
integrating youth other disadvantaged places into nationwide job creation – starting with
china village (Yale Brother) and provincial poorest (Mrs Song Open Space community building soutiuons) and other research
circles trusted by Tsinghua alumni with keadership quests to nd fron froni key us supercity friends of amy’s year of
research (eg Kiehl, Camilo, Billy, Ryder projects - eg global womens youth leadership shadowing club) and yuxuan’s
additional networks – tsinghua , wise, pan Africa youth alumni, cfreative children educators association (eg gordon
actually next week in dhaka I will ask sir fazle
and shameran abed to start by piloting one brac-open-university-online curriculum: how do we peer to peer
train the new finacial literacy - which is your nations bkash, or alipay and how does app your nation needs depend on what
the second on-demand
curricula could be how the world can learn from building chinas health service with jim kim assuming that his occupation from
or how the
world can learn from way bangaldesh builds its elearning nation now that broadband is in every school
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Sir Fazle has been honoured with numerous national and international awards for his achievements in leading
BRAC, including the Thomas Francis, Jr. Medal in Global Public Health (2016), World Food Prize (2015), Trust Women Hero Award
(2014), Spanish Order of Civil Merit (2014), Leo Tolstoy International Gold Medal (2014), CEU Open Society Prize (2013), Inaugural
WISE Prize for Education (2011), Entrepreneur for the World Award (2009), David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award (2008),
Inaugural Clinton Global Citizen Award (2007), Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership (2007), Palli Karma Shahayak Foundation
(PKSF) Award for lifetime achievement in social development and poverty alleviation (2007), UNDP Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding
Contribution to Human Development (2004), Gates Award for Global Health (2004), Gleitsman Foundation International Activist
Award (2003), Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award (2003), Olof Palme Prize (2001), InterAction Humanitarian
Award (1998) and Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership (1980).
He is also recognised by
Ashoka as one of the 'global greats' and is a founding member of its prestigious Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship.
In 2009, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) by the British
Crown in recognition of his services to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally. He was a member of the Group of
Eminent Persons appointed by the UN Secretary-General in 2010 to advise on support for the Least Developed Countries. In 2014,
he was named in Fortune Magazine’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
has received many honorary degrees, including from Princeton University (2014), the University of Oxford (2009), Columbia
University (2008) and Yale University (2007).
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editorial queries february 2015
1 if eg bono is leading
social movement of invest 10% of gdp in agriculture to end poverty then that only makes sense to me if you map a total agricultural
economy for the poor the way brac has for 44 years (ditto if branson and UN foundation partners are going to map 4th sector
its economically wrong not to do that with brac as main benchmark) Search for both evidence
and supporters of DBanj / Bono ONE campaign that best way to end poverty is invest 10% of GDP in agriculture-eg dbanj world bank tedx;
2 I am trying to introduce
knowledge ambassador.partner role that I believe sir fazle and indeed any world leading NGO needs as opposite to just fundraising
agents - this is most urgent in relation to the 4 leaders of everything to do with invest 10% in health if kim farmer soros
I wish to futurise debates around what brac mobile and women empowerment can lead: this includes bkash and elearning for brac
- but also questions what is the 20 years story of advances brac has made since bangladesh became first mobile partner country
of women to end poverty; also if september in new york is really to be where world empowers millennials to chnageover to sustainability
goals then this year's f4d needs a lecture from sir fazle or a micro tedx!!!!
a lesser concern is to correct dates or labels on map (some are approximate guesses on bracs
exponential learning curves)
a bigger concern is to identify which partners want to claim
longest and most collaborative relations with brac and the sir fazle abed mindset as arguably number 1 out of Asia in millennial
job creation and sustainability
also where my quiz of most valuable content channels of 3 billions millennials elearning
satellite started with the 4 partnerships you know how to linkin for Africa : kenya womens financial inclusion, rwanda (west
af) community health training, south africa G7 with blecher/mandela extranet, and maybe ethiopia main connector of food secure
value chains amplified by pop stars - maybe the 4th of these is best mapped as wholeplanet rural economy to end poverty!
and then there are particular 2015action questions
that brac needs to epicentral to the future of worldwide financial systems if BRAC knowhow is most open and cross-cultural
connector of race to unite humanity around poverty is valued as most collaborative for all milennials of #2030now
chris macrae brac.tv - a guide to collaboration's best for the world organisations 301 881 1655
October - sees the most curious youth summit on governance convened to date
Purpose of valuetrue millennials networks is to help peoples, especially youth, rediscover Scottish Economics (SE) 1748-1948.
SE's essential valuetrue question is: if a peoples have no health service, no education, no banking,
not enough nutrition , insuffucient clean water and energy and sanitation and safety for their - children how do they value
building those sorts of market above all esle? and then linkin other market sectors around valuetrue purposes too? We value the internet's elearning opportunities by being perpared to map and learn from anywhere and any peoples who value such intergenerational sustainability
chalenges openly and transparently. Currently the simplest first map we suggest (educators and) all of the net generation
looks at is BRAC in Bangladesh. Bangladesh was born the world's poorest new 100 million plus nation in 1971. Villagers were
the majority of the populace and their communities had none of the essential life shaping services From 1972 BRAC's Sir Fazle
Abed started linking together grassroots community solution networks.
did villager networks around Sir Fazle build rural health service? build village education? build banking networks? build valuetrue maps of food , water and safe-for-children communities?
Bank Group Youth Summit 2014: The Need for Open & Responsive Governments
October 7, 2014
IFC Auditorium, Washington, DC
World Bank Group is hosting its second annual Youth Summit, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General's
Envoy on Youth. This year's event will focus on increased youth engagement in issues relating to government transparency,
accountability, and collaborative governance. The event is free of charge.
The World Record Book of Job Creation
-game 1 survey your social network for top 10-12 job creators. Rules choose people who can win-win with eact others networks
because their deepest skills or trust networks compliment each other
this context, here's a summary of our favorite learnings from BRAC so far - we'd love to hear yours -email@example.com www.valuetrue.com washington dc 301 881 1655
BRAC.tv world class lessons on job creation
Choice of schooling systems
is absolutely vital to development of a new nation and ending poverty. Bangladesh is uniquely fortunate with WISE
ranking BRAC number 1 job creating education system
education, health and banking are systems that impact families' lives and livelihoods out of every community. The search for
what can a once poorest 100+ million nation do about building affordable healthcare across generations is one that BRAC and
Partners in Health that both millennials and world bankers might gain from studying first
In fast changing countries the tensions between what peoples
in big cities and in rural areas most wish for their childrens future can make or break or redefine nations. The coming of
the digital world seems to have picked up the speed of change everywhere. Getting crop science transparently sustainable for
rural people is pivotal to any transparent race to alleviate poverty. Studying how brac has built crop science knowledge to
anchors whole food value chains around sustaining villagers jobs is a most joyful application. How mobile technology empowers
peoples (especially women and youth) in this regard may be the most vital leadership decision those who own satellites and
mobile networks connect to 21st C humanity.
The future of food, energy and water and waste cannot be separated socially or economically anywhere that peoples
are to grow peacefully or cross-culturally. Wherever economists or professions fail to value this they fail world citizens
and villagers. BRAC as the world's largest NGO is as diversely conscious of this sustainability crisis as anyone and searches
out partnerships towards these ends in ways that are core to how open education applications of the internet are now being
determined. This may yet define which millennials' goals wholly and truly define our generation's impact on the human race
Borderless governance? If 14-35
year olds were empowered by their own digital currency, then the way millennials interfaced with china NOW may be where humanity's
future history spins. Is this an innovation agenda on which elders and regulators of cashless banking and crypto-currencies
have patiently sought testimonies from BRAC - on girls' views if not all youth's views
brac on creating sustainable livelihoods for youth
100 links to BRAC -and more! special from The Economist's elearning news year 43 q1 -reports from start of last millennium goals year
in 40 years as a statistician exploring most humanly purposeful (and pro- next generation) organisations
and networks in the world, BRAC gets my vote as number 1, SO help wanted
please help us update or fill in 100 links every job-creating and poverty-ending millennial might enjoy knowing exist -firstname.lastname@example.org washington dc 301 881 1655
-related link world record book of job creators
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the nation worldwide youth trust most for job creating education - ever since Adam Smith picked up his pen in 1758 Scotland
has been the epicentre of pro-youth job creating maps- the trouble has been that London and more recemntly the European Union
- has so often prevented the rest of the world from celebrating them - afore ye go, why not scotland as a job creating
leader in tye bodreless world of 21st C - correspodence welcome email@example.com co-publisher world record book
of job creators (including games of top 10 job creation by key markets) |
Norman Macrae Foundation for Collaboration invites you to
Back in 1972, two extraordinary things happened:
The Economist's pro-youth economist started questioning
everyone on the economics of sharing knowhow - stimulated by seeing how excited students were to do this in early experiments
with digital networks
BRAC was born
|share what you are best for the world at knowing how to do... rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org - our honor code
- if we can understand why its good for the world we will tell you if we already know someone who is sharing how to do it
and see if you want to be introduced? if its new to our maps of knowledge sharing we will add you to map or try to help in
any way that we can|
BRAC provides my favoritte system
to learn from. For example, the idea of microfranchises as a model that creates jobs, provides solutions to communities'
most desperate problems, but leaves all or most of the value produced to stay in the community. One of BRAC's first microfranchises
became nearly 100000 community volunteer health networks. They first made a living training mothers of infannts how to do
oral rehydration - before the community health worked nearly 1 in 6 infants died of diarrhea.. They then added in an array
of basic medicines children and mothers need most including vitamin sachets and malaria pills, They are the most economical
health networker the pre-webbed world ever saw because they focused on low cost mass solutions to the most basic types of
illness. In the post webbed world, I cant think of a nation rich or poor who wouldnt gain from microfrancising 21st C nurses
seen not only as caring suppliers of basic helarh services but the number 1 content connector odf the 21st C.
help discover 6 most important
lessons youth need to celebrate first about BRAC = youth economics world's most valuable brand
Norman Macrae Family Foundation of The Economist's Unacknowledged Ginat and partners in PlanetMooc.com
System transformation Movements
started up in 1972
Entrepreneurial Revolution dialogues hosted at The Economist searching for leaders of 2010s =worldwide youth's most productive and sustainable
from The Economist on BRAC as number 1 value multiplying network
BRAC Foundation Structure 1
Village organisation as value multiplying hub
Beyond illiteracy training
Compare with Gandhi-Einstein's story
Bottom-Up Disaster Relief
Microbanking mainly for redesigned agricultural chains
|Adolescent clubs preparing for productive lifetimes|
|Non-formal Primary schooling||Village
Village organisation as value multiplying hub
Rural gets On-grid (mobile,
solar power) BRAC helps celebrate extremely useful innovations
Gamechanger egs - 10 times more economical trajectories
Education: MOOC, student contests, total redesign of
edu age 6 to 25 round learning a living
Banking cashless: for next billion, revists who starts currency chain
everything- empowers bottom up professionals with mobile apps and by connecting when expert advice needed
goals- and peoples summits- education as core as credit
e-gov and hwo the peoples rule of law can help end poverty by Soros and Abed
Reports as avialble March 2013 from http://www.brac.net/content/partners
We rely on a vast array of partners in our mission to serve the poorest communities around the
world. It is important for us to look beyond our present role of mere service providers and invest in building a broad-based
coalition of rights-based development partners capable of fighting the policies that drive neo-liberal urbanism, and pressing
for collective bargaining rights of the poor and marginalized. By working in partnership, we improve our efficiency and effectiveness,
and increase our impact on poverty. We collaborate with government agencies and other humanitarian organizations operating
on the local, national and international level, who provide us with cash and in-kind donations, expertise, shared resources
and other forms of support. All of these programs reflect the strengths and determination of BRAC, its employees, partners
and supporters who, working hand in hand with the citizens of Bangladesh have demonstrated the power of ideas and local action.
About Our Partners
Partnerships for BRAC International
2011 Annual Donor Consortium Meeting Presentation [PDF-2 MB] by Executive Director
2011 BRAC Annual Reports
2010 BRAC Annual Reports
Our advice to worldwide youth linked by the goals of www.wholeplanet.tv - ieto connect the most productive, sustainable and heroic time to be alive - is:
study how what you may want
to be most competent at may connect withy what BRAC led bySir Fazle Abed's family frees around the world - if you feel you don't know how to search out enough about
BRAC why not look at either http://bracnet.ning.com or http:/microeducationsummit.com or if you wish I willspend 10 minutes trying to guide you round - rsvp either by skype chrismacraedc or email email@example.com
but please note this I can only help you search out links that inform you most if you tell me what sorts of skills and actions
you and the people you collaborate with most want to be productive, suatinale and heroic
4 April 2012 Dhaka,
The Japanese Embassy Graciously Hosts a Remembrance Event of The Economist's Unacknowledged Giant - chief guest from the net generation''s world of education is Sir Fazle Abed. Joyful Economic revolutions Norman Macrae quest for 3 billion jobs seeks more good news on from Bangladesh at 41 include - digital cash www.bkash.com and with Sainsbury family at www.ashden.org green energy and bottom to top education revolutions
do you have a perspective of what BRAC collaborates around youth and their millennium goal futures with the million times more collaboration technology this new
century is blessed with? that you would like the world to debate - sample perspectives below
As BRAC Turns 40, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Calls for Education Reform and Youth Development for
approaches to teaching must give way to modern schooling that prepares the poor for a 21st century knowledge society, says
founder of the world's largest development organization ..
I am sorry to say that patriarchy remains
entrenched in our social and religious practices.
Dhaka, Bangladesh (PRWEB)
March 02, 2012
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of the world’s largest development organisation, BRAC, called for innovative
solutions to address the needs of the burgeoning youth population in developing countries in an address delivered in February
celebrating the 40th anniversary of BRAC.
As dignitaries gathered in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to celebrate BRAC’s 40th birthday, Sir Fazle, who founded the
organisation in 1972, announced a new youth strategy as BRAC scales up operations in 10 African, Asian and Caribbean countries.
He also called for doing away with “outdated approaches to teaching” in the developing world, calling most public
education systems in the developing world unsuitable for preparing students for the 21st century knowledge society.
“You will be happy to learn
that BRAC is in the process of developing a comprehensive strategy to help the vibrant, innovative and entrepreneurial younger
generation of today to realize their potential, and be the agents of change within their communities,” Sir Fazle said.
The chairperson, who could not attend
the gathering for health reasons but delivered the address via a spokesperson for the organization, called for education reform
in poor countries. “Unfortunately, public education systems in most developing countries are unfit and unsuited to prepare
our youth for the 21st century knowledge society that we must aspire to,” he said.
“Outdated approaches to teaching must give way to new techniques that teach our children not to memorize texts,
but to think critically and solve problems creatively. We must give greater thought, and direct greater resources towards
early childhood development, and social and emotional learning.”
BRAC is the largest secular, private education provider in the world, with over
5 million students having graduated from its alternative primary schools, dubbed “second chance” schools targeting
those left behind by official educational systems. Sir Fazle has been hailed as an innovator in the field of education, winning
the inaugural WISE Prize for Education in Qatar, styled as a Nobel for the field of education, last year.
In his speech, BRAC’s
chairperson spoke of the “remarkable” progress of the organisation’s home country, Bangladesh, “in
almost every major indicator of human development” over the last 40 years. “Today, the progress we have made is
the envy of most of the developing nations in South Asia and beyond,” he said.
Infant mortality, for instance, has dropped from 200 per 1,000 live births to less
than 50, and maternal mortality from 800 deaths per 100,000 live births to less than 200. Fertility rates have fallen dramatically
as well: The average Bangladeshi mother now has just 2.7 children as opposed to 6.5 in 1972. Literacy rates have risen from
25 percent to over 65 percent.
“While it is true that no single organization can take credit for this amazing turnaround, we at BRAC can nevertheless
take great pride in the role that we have played in support of governmental efforts to bringing about these successes,”
says Sir Fazle. “From immunizing children to popularizing the use of oral rehydration therapy, from providing essential
healthcare through a cadre of barefoot health volunteers to providing safe places for mothers to give birth, from curing tuberculosis
to improving sanitation, BRAC’s work in public health has contributed to each of our country’s achievements in
the health sector.”
Sir Fazle, who turns 76 this year, called on BRAC to remain a “trailblazing organization” as the leadership
baton passes to a younger generation. “In these twilight years of my life, I feel a sense of comfort and satisfaction
in knowing that we have an able and competent leadership team at BRAC,” he said. “I am confident that this team
will ensure BRAC achieves even greater success and impact when I call time on providing leadership to this organization that
I have built.”
A champion of girls’ education and the empowerment of women, Sir Fazle lamented the relative lack of progress
in those areas. “Gender equality remains the greatest unfinished agenda not only of my life’s work but of our
time. Although we have worked for the last 40 years to try to ensure that all citizens can live with dignity and respect and
enjoy equal rights as human beings, I am sorry to say that patriarchy remains entrenched in our social and religious practices.”
The Hasan Family also spelled Hassan, is
an esteemed Bangladeshi family,
who have contributed exceptionally to South Asian politics and
various social movements for
nearly four-hundred years. The seat of this Zamindar family
is located in Baniachang, Sylhet near
the town of Habiganj. The family is one of the remaining remnants of the nobility of the Mughal Courtto
exist in Bangladesh, with their ancient home still intact.According
to legend, the family is of Arab and Persian descent, supposedly from the lineage of Abu Bakr, the first Sunni Caliph and father-in-law of Prophet Muhammad. The first known Hasan was sent to Bengal by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
Obaid Ul Hasan: Grand Vizier to the Nizam of Hyderabad
Hasan: Communist activist, killed by Pakistani soldiers for protecting Hindu families during Bangladesh's War of Liberation
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed: Founder and Chairman of BRAC, the world's largest
Barrister Manzoor Hasan: Celebrated lawyer and activist. Awarded
Order of the British Empire for his role in combatting corruption in Bangladesh
Munim Hasan: Executive Vice President of US Bank Corporation. Highest ranked Bangladeshi bank executive in the
Nahid Hasan: Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers
and Exporters Association. Celebrated businesswoman of Bangladesh.
Tamara Abed: Head
of Aarong, a retail enterprise
There isn't a Nobel Prize for education. But this month has seen the launch of an award that would like to have such
a similar international status.
World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Prize was announced in Doha, Qatar, with the $500,000 (£310,000) award
being given to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, whose work has brought education to millions of children in impoverished families.
Sir Fazle, the first education "laureate", has worked
across decades and continents to help communities to escape the quicksand of poverty and to gain skills and self-reliance.
Created in Bangladesh in 1972, his BRAC project - formerly the
Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee - is now claimed as the biggest non-governmental organisation in the world.
An estimated 10 million primary pupils have been taught in schools
set up by Brac across 10 countries, in such tough territories as South Sudan and Afghanistan.
It's a vast operation, running more schools in Bangladesh than the entire English school system, and it is claimed
to be the "largest private, secular education system in the world".
Working with the poorest,
most disadvantaged rural communities, often blighted with conflict, exploitation and disease, this is the raw edge of education,
with one-room classrooms and basic skills.
First day at school in a BRAC project in Manderia village in Torid,
speaking after the award, Sir Fazle says that the greatest challenge for global education applies as much to the more affluent
countries as to the poorest. And that big problem, he says, is inequity, the stubborn link between family income and educational
"A child born in a poor household
has less chance of going to university than a child born in a wealthy household, in almost every society.
"So how do we remove this inequity? Every child should
have the same opportunity."
to alleviate poverty on a broad range of fronts - from micro-credit to health schemes - but he says that education is becoming
ever more important.
"It's so important
for our survival, our progress, that every country wants to put more resources into education."
This isn't simply about economic progress, as he links education and literacy to the building of self-worth and self-help
for individuals and communities. It provides the key to understanding "the power structure and how to change it".
His own commitment to development stemmed from the life-changing experience of the cyclone that hit Bangladesh in
1970. It turned an accountant into an activist.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was awarded the inaugural WISE Prize for international
people died, and I saw the loss of many people, the corpses lying in the fields. That changed my philosophy, I found that
life was so fragile, you could die so easily. That changed my values about what kind of life I should lead," he says.
This was compounded by the "death and destruction"
he saw during the war that accompanied Bangladesh's independence.
Such experiences profoundly affected him and pushed him to view his country "from the point of view of the poor".
It made him "determined to achieve change", he says.
The award of the first WISE Prize was part of a wider event, the World Innovation Summit for Education.
This WISE summit wants to be a kind of Davos for education,
bringing together the great and the good to hear about innovation in schools and universities.
It's supported by the Qatar Foundation, which has the succinct ambition to "convert the country's current, but
temporary, mineral wealth into durable human capital". This translates as investing heavily in education and becoming
a knowledge hub so that there's something of value left when the oil revenue eventually runs out.
a fast-forward project with parallels to creating the infrastructure for the World Cup. There is a 1,000 hectare Education City being developed, attracting university partners from the United States, France and the UK.
But big international promises, played out under the photographs and rhetoric of summits, can also turn out to be
Gordon Brown issued a call for a "global education fund"
at the summit in Qatar
Brown, former UK prime minister and one of the speakers at the WISE event, delivered a blunt recognition that some of the
Millennium Development Goals for 2015 were going to be missed.
"We know it is now impossible, I'm afraid, to achieve the Millennium Development Goal that would cut infant
mortality by half - we are too far away."
There were other goals, signed by leading countries,
that were going to be missed, he said.
called on governments, charities and philanthropists to mobilise to achieve the goal of universal primary education by 2015
- and proposed a "global fund for education".
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales was among the WISE speakers and Mr Brown called on technology companies, such as Microsoft,
Apple, Google and Facebook to play a part in bringing education to the "poorest part of the poorest country".
"We can reinforce in people's minds that when the world
makes a promise, it is not a promise that is casually set aside and betrayed for millions of children of future generations,
but a promise that we do everything in our power to keep," Mr Brown told the audience in Qatar.
He said that governments had to be held to their funding promises - and "where countries fall behind, we should
be telling them that this is not acceptable".
There's a long way to go as one sobering
statistic from BRAC makes clear. In 2011, when international conferences in the Gulf can be broadbanded round the world in
seconds, it's still more likely that a girl in South Sudan will die in childbirth than finish primary school.
in to ABC Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 pm (EST) for a "20/20" special with Diane Sawyer featuring BRAC – and Rina,
a new mother who lives in a slum in Bangladesh.
Bearing a child should be the happiest day of a woman life – but
too often, for reasons that are entirely preventable, it ends in the death of the mother, the child, or both. BRAC has figured
out a low-cost yet ingenious solution for reducing pregnancy risk, reaching 24.5 million people in the process. That's the
population of the state of Texas.
In “Making Life: A Risky Proposition,” an hour-long report on challenges
faced by mothers in developing countries, ABC News travels to the slums of Dhaka, seeing our work in action – including
a visit to a BRAC birthing hut to welcome the new arrival of Rina's healthy baby boy. The report is part of ABC News's Million Moms Challenge.
Show your support today by "liking" the Million Moms Challenge on Facebook. If they reach 100,000 likes by noon today, Johnson & Johnson will donate $100,000 to the cause – so please like
and share with your Facebook friends!
We’re making a real difference, and we believe we can multiply our
efforts by spreading the BRAC approach worldwide. So tune into ABC on Friday and help us spread the good news!
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For those who want to sustain future generations, friends in DC, I (+93 congressmen) would recommend an adventure
learning tour to 3 destinations. Fortunately, two of these are within walking distance of each other (Third is a hemisphere
away in Africa,
but they know each other well and thanks to death of distance
are microeconomics map around your
entrepreneurial and open source world
as the most productive and collaborative triad ). For the sake of transparency, YES I feel I have some friends in one of these places,
but this is a web about the place I haven't yet visited. Ian Smilie's new book starts its guided tour like this
. Chris Macrae
DC Bureau of microcredit.tv
301 881 1655, chris.macrae AT yahoo.co.uk
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This is a friends web -official
webs of BRAC are http://www.brac.net/ http://www.bracuniversity.net/ http://www.bracbank.com/ http://www.bracusa.org/ http://www.youtube.com/user/bracusa1
I have spent 30 years surveying how purposefully organisations sustain their workers missions. BRAC and Grameen
are off the scale compared with any large organisation I have researched - and I have surveyed more that half of the world's
most famous global 100 brands.
Muhammad Yunus & Grameen Bank
|Fazle Hasan Abed|
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Fazle Hasan Abed is the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC,
one of the largest non-governmental organizations in the world with over 100,000 staff members and an annual budget of $430
million. BRAC’s micro-finance program has 6.37 million borrowers and has cumulatively disbursed more than $4 billion.
More than a million children are enrolled in BRAC schools and more than 3.67 million have graduated. BRAC’s health program
reaches more than 100 million people. BRAC has, in recent years, taken its range of development interventions to Afghanistan,
Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan. Abed has been recognized through a number of awards, including UNICEF’s
Maurice Pate Award, the Olof Palme Prize, Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneurship Award, the Gates Award for Global
Health, UNDP’s Mahbub-ul-Haq Award, and the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership.
anyone has ideas how we can do something similar for BRAC, I'd love to hear of them
The Worldwide Importance of BRAC & GRAMEEN
|.The entrepreneurial leaders and co-wrkers of BRAC and Grameen have demonstrated that poverty is not the fault of people , women and children but a failed system. It is inhuman for
a child to be born into a place where it has 20% chance of dying before the age of 5 due to villages not having
local nurses. BRAC's first solution in the 1970s was oral rehydration - a service that village nurses needed to provide when
babies had diarrhea. Its inhuman for children to have no access to primary education - BRAC's second main service requiring
a teacher in every rural area. Grameen completed this hi-trust local triangle by providing a banker in every community
empowering women with credit and peer to peer support to start small entrepreneurial businesses||Until the internet's technology, the world's people and their productive lifetimes had been more
separated by the geography of where they lived than interconnected. My father, one of the West's leading microeconomists clarified
in 1984 how one generation (1984-2024) would become worldwide connected for the first time. This is the greatest system change
ever to hit one generation of the human race. System change can always spiral one of two extremely opposite compound consequences
not something in between. It was clear in 1984 that if the 21st Century is to be the best of times for all peoples on this
planet then we must share life-critical knowhow in non-zero sum ways, end poverty by bridging digital divides. The millennial
goals provide a pretty clear map of what ending extreme poverty simultaneously around the world entails||.In July 07 within weeks of becoming UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown give a very
clear storyline "people power" of what our institutions have not yet started to transform towards if millennial
goals are to be met and local communities are to have an equitable opportunity of being integrated into globalisation. He
updated this a little over a year later at Clinton Global Initiative - at a time where fellow keynote speakers -Obama
and Mccain - both deplored the excesses of global top-down systems such as wall Street's failed banks - and pledged they
would commit America to returning to millennial goals. Ironically, there's a lot every nation can learn from ensuring that
communities have banks investing in local people's ability to generate jobs. We are at a stage in human history where the
kinds of jobs of the future are changing just as fast as when the industrial revolution emerged. But this time it is pure
manufacturing jobs that are disappearing. Brown was correct in visioning an age where government should not promise anyone
that their old jobs are safe but should be promising people structures in which everyone has access to developing new jobs.
In the midst of this families and children in any civilized place need the same rights that BRAC and Grameen have pioneered
:n channeling local medical support, local teachers, local bankers, connection to the worldwide, collaboration spaces in which
people peer to peer learn vocational skills. |
In this tv interview, Clinton explains how the micro sustainability investment networks that have emerged in Bangladesh
primarily because of the leadership examples and micro-entrepreneurial facilitation structured designed by Grameen and
BRAC provide a benchmark for developing nations in our internetworked local to global economy. They have transparently distributed
what top-down government and mass media could not equitably empower. For 30 years now, Grameen and BRAC have
modeled themselves round social busienss constitutions. These are the opposite how the traditional charity dollar
is spent and then needs to fundraise all over again. The social busienss dollar endlessly recycles its investment in an organization’s
service purpose. It does this by insisting people entrepreneurially attend to a positive cashflow but reinvest that back inside
the community. The safest way to ensure that owners have no conflict with such continuous reinvestment in development is to
constitute the organization as owned by the poorest in the community. While Grameen's origin has been to focus on areas where
people could serve each other whilst generating income, the origin of BRAC was, in effect, micro-privatization - doing a better
job for the poorest communities with public funds than a bureaucratic or corrupt government. BRAC's Fazel Abed has probably
innovated more reliable service franchises around vital needs than anyone alive today. Whereas Grameen's leadership team around
Muhammad Yunus has serially introduced the most extraordinary entrepreneurial revolutions. Each of microcredit , micromobile
and micro-energy involved planting a long-term investment exponential but one that literally took rural economies to
a higher future level - a pathway not just to ending poverty but leaping sufficiently far ahead that even cyclical natural
disasters would not push the next generation back under the poverty line
There is an opportunity for egovernment to make this openness and representation of cultures that unite
round the golden rule of all major religions. Do unto others what you would wish done unto you.
Today national strategic dialogues co-chaired
by leaders like Abed and Yunus make fascinating reading. In effect, Bangladesh has become the country par excellence in
developing sustainable community franchises that end poverty and its boundary environmental challenges. It is evident that
its fast growing neighbours India and Chinawill need these services just as much as Bangladesh. The world in effect is finding that Bangladesh is
the number 1 exporter of solutions that accelerate accomplishment of millennial goals everywhere as well as developing the
sorts of entrepreneurial and job-creating education that all future children need. Educators have spotted that the schooling
system the west built has its design origins in western empire's ancient industrial needs, when it was assumed that a few
per cent would be promoted to a command and control top, and schools would sift out the vast majority as not talented enough
to have their competences invested in. This is the ultimate challenge that the whole world needs change if we are to honor
every child's potential from the day she or he is born. If we fully understand the benchmarks that BRAC and Grameen offer
us by partnering grassroots networks such as theirs in Future Capitalism, then today's adult generation may yet hand on the
best of times to all our future chldrens. Ultimately children are the deepest sustainability investment and a very micro one.
Not the sort of flow that macro institutions like Wall Street banks ever got close to appreciating. We need new economic maps.
Ones that worldwide networkers can collaboratively search out if mass media puts on reality program in which youth
the world over wants to be "The Apprentice" of community entrepreneurs like Abed and Yunus and the 100000 Bangladeshi's+
they have inspired to be community facilitators of microentrepreneurship.
Monday, September 29, 2014reports from start of last millennium goals
1:34 pm edt
valuetrue.com curricula for the world
record book of job creation
|brac.tv: people i wish i had introduced the poor world's greatest jobs creator to|
UN start of the year 2014-=2015 new york -file note for http://brac.tv verison 1
I was privilleged to attend 5 meetings in 48 hours before getting an early train
to listen to the curriculum of rice at usaid shared by the phillipines open learning network IRRI
http://valuetrue.com/id32.html and brac.tv Last week I attended NY gala luncheon convened to celebrate sir fazle abed - unfortunately I was on other side of room
during the 90 minutes we shared bread- these are my shortlist of people I met over 48 hours in NY that I really wished I had
a quick chance to introduce to sir fazle abed
first It was a pleasure to see that sir fazle abed has redoubled his commitments to girls-job designed education (more at openlearningcampus.com and womenuni.com )
ps this startup year 2014-2015 was particulatly important
as it also coincides with the last student year before millennium goals are hopefully given back to girls as per this sir
fazle abed inspired script http://www.dhakatribune.com/op-ed/2014/sep/10/learning-beyond-2015 -realistically its also the last student year that universities across america will have a chance to converge on the
CNN turner invitation atlanta nov 2015 http://youthcreativelab.blogspot.com -what do millennials now know to linkin to UN after the billion dollar empowerment giving from the turner family
from www.fashion4development.com summit
sarah butler sloss (ne sainsbury) green microenergy awards
networks http://ashden.org with royal co-sponsor prince charles
a female executive of the state department ( name private
until project wwwww is started )
wife of ambassador to philippines in new york
co-creator of the green carpet at perfume company Chopard (hq in geneva)
dr michel sidibe of unaids in geneva
sozzani of vogue italy who could have more impact if she teamed up with rome links noted below
UN Global leadership women
the toure family (father mother daughter) of ITU geneva
and linking first ladies of africa (including their home base oe mali) to Zero mothers die - one of the most urgent reasons
I can thinks of valuing free nursing colleges everywhere
redoubtable eva wan of Bawang international-one of china's strongest business ladies and now "giving" to girls
education in africa
from the dt seminar sponsored by grameen intel, ifad
Kazi Huque (and intel team) whose nurtured about 25 wizard
bangladeshi technologists to work on converting big data to mobile agri apps for poorest farmers
IFAD leaders rome who could do so much more reaching out to millennials' youth if
they partnered club of rome and its youth social action networks of the nobel peace laureates summit
the usaid speaker who promised to connect leaders of curriculum of rice (wednesday dc usaid)
from our quieter dinner party and collaboration cafe
ladies changing the jewelry value chain and john of soundtrackny.com
ethiopian and usafrica disapora supporters of the elearning satelllite http://www.yazmi.com, and dispora's taking responsibility to end costly middlemen from 20 selected food markets
who do you most wish you had introduced sir fazle abed
to and where are they located in case diaries ever snap! email@example.com washingtin dc 301 881 1655 valuetrue.com
more of what happened in new york
links on women4empowernent curricula at womenuni.comand millennials (25-35 profesionals) most valuable knowledge network ever to human race at yunus.tv
1989 Berners Lee
launches the web- soon mit media lab in boston becomes most resourced open source tech wizards innovation lab;early 1990s
Samara launches Africa's and Asia first freedom of peoples info satellites-sonn Kenya's IHUB backed by ushahidi becomes the
worldwide youth's most exciting open source tehnology wizard's networking space
- 2014 update Yazmi.comled by DC-Ethiopia diaspora networks
Late 1990s S.Africa's
free university launched- 2014 update Blecher parners now shoot for 1 million additional job creation across whole 14 million
youth african schooing system by 2020- ihub partners all over africa (and indeed in any capital with future) invited to linkin
200s Khan Academy invesnts the most valuable reporting format of all -maximum 9-minute audio blackoards-0 game is on- which
audio-blackboards are so valued by youth to peer to peer learn with that their viral actin networking makes trending on twitter
look like a sideshow
puzzle 1 : Back
in 1962 The Economust celebrate the win-win peace economics model of japan and projects milennail population statistics will
require Asian Pacific milllenials to be responsible for more than half of the planet's open and sustainbility investments
1975- 2025- who;s connecting this? jack ma? Yao Ming with Brookings Inside Out China and Unseen Wealth teams? rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org
washington dc hotline 301 881 1655
How did bottom-up NGO BRAC become the world's largest most collaborative network for partnering in millennials sustainability?
While it is known globally and locally for sharing extreme innovations in community banking, its foundations were first built
on 3 subnetworks:
scaling of microfranchisie solutions to life critical challenges
what the WISE laureates value as number 1 job-creating education network in the
world (parallel nominees by context of freedom of entrepreneurial skills)
was a year in which professors might have found out what a huge gap ...
Who's mapping the most valuable collaboration
youth networks in the world -here's why 42 years of entrepreneurial revolution surveys lead us to value orbiting around families
of Abed and Soros and Turner- whose collaboration with youth's futures do you value most?
- what would a million
youth most wish to see in a 6 weeks mooc guided tour to www.brac.net -if you can help our research please email email@example.com washington dc 1 301 881 1655
valuetrue search for most human value of internet
Thursday, September 25, 2014brac commits to massive scale up girls
2:29 pm edt
leader pledges to invest at least $280 million to reach 2.7 million additional girls and train 75,000 teachers by 2019.
(PRWEB) September 24, 2014
already a global leader in providing opportunity for the world’s poor, has boosted its commitment to girls’ education
in low-income countries with a five-year pledge to reach 2.7 million additional girls through primary and pre-primary schools,
teacher training, adolescent empowerment programs, scholarships and other programs.
make BRAC a leading partner in CHARGE, the Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education, a global
collaborative of more than 30 partners working to advance the “second generation” of global girls’ education.
The initiative was announced today by Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US secretary of state; Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation vice-chair; and Julia Gillard, former prime minister of
Australia, at the 10th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York.
"We have always used an approach
to development that puts power in the hands of the poor themselves, especially women and girls," says Sir Fazle Hasan
Abed, the founder and chairperson of BRAC, who joined other leaders at Clinton Global Initiative today to launch the initiative.
"Educated girls turn into empowered women, and as we have seen in my native Bangladesh and elsewhere, the empowerment
of women leads to massive improvements in quality of life for everyone, especially the poor."
is already the world's largest private, secular education provider, with 1.3 million boys and girls now enrolled in 43,500
primary and pre-primary schools and 311,000 participants in its adolescent development programs. Formerly Bangladesh Rural
Advancement Committee, BRAC is now active in a dozen countries, serving the poor through the empowerment of women and girls with tools such as microfinance,
education, healthcare and a full-fledged university, BRAC University in Dhaka.
commitment significantly expands BRAC's existing education programs by reaching an additional 1.3 million girls directly in
BRAC schools, roughly 636,000 additional girls through teacher training in government schools, and 714,000 more through various
other programs, including adolescent empowerment, gender harassment awareness, mentorship programs, and scholarships.
BRAC estimates the investments needed to fulfill these
commitments will be more than $280 million, over half of which has already been raised from partnerships with AusAid, UK Aid
and The MasterCard Foundation.
commits to the following areas:
1. Getting girls
into school: Since its inception in 1985, more than 10 million students have graduated from BRAC's primary and pre-primary
schools, which target children who would otherwise be left behind by formal education systems due to poverty, displacement
or discrimination. BRAC recognizes the unique role girls play in bringing health and prosperity to their communities, and the majority of its students are girls.
plans to expand its school programs to offer education to about 1.3 million girls in marginalized communities across seven
countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan Tanzania, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Uganda.
recognizes that entering primary school is not enough. It further commits to providing 11,500 scholarships in Afghanistan,
Bangladesh and Uganda to ensure that girls have the support they need to stay in school at least through secondary education.
2. Ensuring school safety: BRAC’s approach to
schooling relies heavily on community support. In all areas – including Pakistan and Afghanistan, where going to school
is often dangerous for girls – BRAC works closely with members of the wider community to emphasize the importance of
girls’ education. BRAC deepens community support through various local bodies and mechanisms, including school management
committees, parent-teacher associations, and gender awareness to ensure that BRAC schools remain safe spaces for learning.
As part of this commitment, BRAC pledges to expand existing programs in Bangladesh to improve school safety by raising awareness
on gender harassment for 240,000 girls
3. Improving quality
of learning: BRAC recognizes that enrollment numbers do not describe the true depth of the problem of quality in the world’s
education systems. Schools in poor countries tend to favor rote memorization over true learning, doing little to impart the
life and work skills needed to prepare our youth for the 21st century knowledge society. Of around 650 million primary school
age children in the world today, an estimated 250 million have not learned to read or count, regardless of whether they have
gone to school. Children need classrooms, teachers, suitable technology, and an enabling environment that will encourage them
to think for themselves. These elements will develop the problem-solving skills, critical thinking ability, and enterprising
mindsets that are some of the greatest assets for navigating one’s way out of poverty.
BRAC seeks to improve the quality of education for girls in seven countries by training 75,000 teachers in child-centric education methods. These teachers, in addition
to reaching girls in BRAC’s own pre-primary and primary schools, also includes government school teachers who will reach
an additional 636,000 girls in state-run primary and secondary schools.
Helping transition to the world of work: BRAC recognizes that the economic empowerment of women has led to enormous gains
for poorer countries, and that preparing women for the workforce needs to begin at an early age. BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents (ELA) program aims to do this by providing adolescents girls with safe spaces, peer mentorship, life skills, health
awareness (particularly reproductive health), vocational and leadership skills, and access to finance through microloans.
ELA is the fastest growing program in BRAC’s operations outside of Bangladesh, with more than 70,000 girls now participating
in Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia. They join more than 168,000 girls in similar clubs in Bangladesh,
where a number of other trade-specific training programs have also led to girls breaking the gender barrier in traditionally male-dominated fields like driving and motorcycle repair.
plans to deepen and expand its adolescent girls empowerment programs in Bangladesh, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra
Leone and Liberia, reaching about 400,000 additional girls with robust and relevant livelihood training to ensure sustainable
Supporting developing country leaders in girls’ education: BRAC is committed to providing thought leadership, advocacy
and advisory services to advance successful girls’ education approaches and models around the world. BRAC plans to invest
$6 million in the Institute for Educational Development at BRAC University in Dhaka to become a global learning hub for innovation,
research, training, advocacy and assessment on approaches to quality education in the developing world. It commits to training
52,000 mentors in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Sierra Leone to give them the leadership skills they need to support
vulnerable girls in school, and to develop a local learning network in Uganda to share best practices in girls' education.
With a track record of implementation at scale with continuous impact evaluation, BRAC can serve as a source of evidence and learning to improve program effectiveness.
It therefore commits to developing programs of technical assistance for other NGOs, development agencies, and governments.
It will develop partnerships and a learning community for stronger global advocacy with the hope of furthering the movement
for girls' education and empowerment across the world.
BRAC, a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972, is a global leader in creating opportunities at
scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 120,000 employees, it is the world's largest non-governmental organization,
touching the lives of an estimated 135 million people in 12 countries using a wide array of antipoverty tools such as microfinance,
education, healthcare, legal rights training and more. BRAC University in Dhaka is a hub of higher learning with more than
6,000 students enrolled. Learn more at BRAC.net.
ABOUT BRAC USA
BRAC USA is an independent, US-based grantmaking affiliate of BRAC formed in 2006 to advance and support BRAC's
global mission to create opportunities to unleash human potential and end poverty. Learn more at BRACUSA.org.
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chris macrae bethesda 301 881 1655
Coalition of fan webs of next billion girls jobs-led education
Saturday, March 2, 2013
10:16 am est
EDUCATIONAL OSCARS - FIRST WISE PRIZE WINNERhttp://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/11/prweb8927135.htm
Abed is the first recipient of the prize, conceived in 2010 as a Nobel for the field of education. The world’s
largest prize of its kind, the jury for the award consisted of five eminent persons in the field of education: James Billington,
the U.S. Librarian of Congress; Jeffrey Sachs, director of The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development
at Columbia University; Fatma Rafiq Zakaria, chair of India’s Maulana Azad Educational Trust; H.E. Naledi Pandor, Minister
of Science and Technology for South Africa, and Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, the WISE chair.
In debates and panel discussions
at the Doha conference, which runs from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, BRAC officials are promoting the nonprofit’s high-tech, low-touch
approach to educating the world’s poor. BRAC delivers a message of cost-efficiency and scalability to a summit of over
1,000 thought leaders running from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3 in Doha.
“In these difficult financial times, as more and
more people rise up to speak for the ‘99%,’ occupying streets across various cities of the world, the issue of
inequity has been thrown into the forefront of world politics,” says Abed. “How do we begin to address this? We
start with education – because education is the great equalizer.”
Already educating millions, BRAC is in
the midst of an international expansion effort that sees it perfecting and scaling up its innovative low-cost education approach
with help from private sector partners. BRAC is scaling up massively in Uganda thanks to a $45 million commitment from The
MasterCard Foundation, for instance. Numerous public sector agencies such as the UK’s Department for International Development
and the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program have also partnered with BRAC on education initiatives.
40 years of operations in Bangladesh, the Dhaka-based organization emphasizes large-scale solutions. According to BRAC officials,
the wisest investments are often as simple as renting a schoolhouse instead of building new ones.
After just five years
in Uganda, BRAC and The MasterCard Foundation already reach over 2 million people and are on schedule to reach 4.2 million
people, or over 12 percent of the population, by 2016. BRAC has exceeded commitments made in 2007 to educate youth in the
poorest parts of Africa and Asia, having committed to mobilizing $271 million for education at the Clinton Global Initiative
conference in 2007, with a goal of reaching 7.5 million children by 2012. BRAC has already raised more than $288 million to
reach 5.6 million children.
“Innate talent is distributed equally around the world at birth, knowing no bounds
of geography or class,” says Susan Davis, president and CEO of BRAC USA. “Opportunity is not. We need to redress
that imbalance if this world of 7 billion is to prosper as a whole.”
In addition to traditional learning, BRAC
seeks to “educate the whole child” with life skills training as part of a comprehensive antipoverty strategy designed
to create ladders of opportunity for the poor. For instance, it is embedding social and emotional learning into its curriculum,
teaching self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. This approach
is especially important in conflict and post-conflict environments like Afghanistan and South Sudan.
BRAC also partners
with private entities to promote connectivity among the poor when it is cost-effective to do, using mobiles phones, smart
phones, desktop and laptops. The organization is currently in partnership talks with Pearson PLC, a leading global media and
education company, to assist in Pakistan and elsewhere.
Friday, March 1, 2013
9:22 am est
BRAC is celebrating impact of mobile and solar
age of racing to end poverty like no other network - links welcome here.
Examples of mails being sent to highly connected youth entrepreneur competition leaders aimed at seeing if part of week 5 of brac mooc can extend collaboration to youth with most passionate ideas of solutions
relevent to millenium goal acceleration
Typical mail being sent from MIT Collaboration Cafe Festival 7 March 2013
Last Sunday had an exciting meeting in Dhaka with sir fazle abed , BRAC's FOUNDER
Our idea is to design a massive open online curriculum as a 6 week guided tour to brac
the world's most collaborative ngo- by about week 5 students will be asked to reference extraordinary youth competition entries
that it would be most relevant for sir fazle and brac to support
that the first draft of the curriculum is completed by end of june, I aim to arrange monthly meetings with sir fazle. I believe
every way that MIT youth (including open tech wizards) and sir fazle can help each other is urgently needed. For example the
quadir brothers, one of whom runs MIT Legatum, is helping BRAC design cashess banking to reach the next billion
this sound like your sort of adventure?
all the best
macrae washington dc 301 881 1655 skype chrismacraedc
rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea of a youth project that brac most needs to know about - egs
1 open infrared
Saturday, April 7, 2012Dimensions of BRAC Partnering2:41 pm edt
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
4:19 am edt
On October 19, the BRAC Social Innovation Lab was formally launched in an informal gathering called “Social Innovation
Forum.” The event focused on a theme of “How does BRAC do social innovation—past, present, and future?”
and was dedicated to the memory of Aminul Alam (1949-2010), one of BRAC’s earliest and most influential innovators.
A clip of his retelling of BRAC’s initial activities in poultry was played to pay tribute to the passion and incredible
dedication he brought to the organization.
The chairperson, Sir Fazle Abed, participated in the launch and offered
inspirational reflections on innovation at BRAC. “Necessity is the mother of all inventions, as well as innovations,”
he remarked with humor, and emphasized that BRAC’s goal at this point is not to reinvent the wheel, but to “do
old things in a new, unique way.” There are many examples of these principles in practice in BRAC’s history; in
the Oral rehydration Therapy Extension Program (OTEP) that BRAC launched in the 1970s, for example, BRAC took the “per-piece”
payment scheme and applied it to health educators, tying their compensation to how many mothers they effectively taught how
to make the lifesaving solution of water, salt, and sugar. Lay health educators reached twelve million mothers and significantly
reduced child mortality from diarrheal disease, the major killer at the time. It used a similar model for education, considering
students’ retention of knowledge in teachers’ pay. “No one had done it this way, but we did,” Abed
commented. Innovation is one of BRAC’s core values, and there is no shortage of examples of how this looks in action.
Abed closed his comments by reflecting on the many opportunities for innovation in the current global context, with particular
excitement about gains that could be realized in education with creative usage of technology and expanding connectivity.
Few places in the world have a more apparent need for creativity in development than Bangladesh. At once a success story
of economic growth, entrepreneurship, and public-private approaches to building durable strategies for providing social services,
it continues to face a host of complex and significant changes: climate change, rapid rates of urban migration, to name just
a few. Bangladesh must grapple with the growing economic and social inequalities, and mobile populations that challenge traditional
delivery models for everything from TB treatment to microfinance. BRAC can be a leader in identifying ways to adapt and continue
to combat poverty in the midst of these changes. And with its expanding presence abroad, there are increasing opportunities
to translate these local innovations to new contexts. With 2.5 billion people still living on under US $2 a day, the necessity
remains quite palpable.
With these possibilities in mind, the newly formed Social Innovation Lab team made a short
presentation to further describe the state of innovation at BRAC. They called attention to how the organization has evolved
over time to manage the incredible scale and scope of its activities—in introducing the necessary processes and specialized
units that this operation requires, barriers to encouraging, testing, and evaluating innovative ideas have inadvertently cropped
up. This is particularly true for dialog across programs, leading to missed opportunities to effectively harness the full
magnitude of experience and wisdom at BRAC. In addition, there is often limited time to examine how others, in Bangladesh
and abroad, are tackling dimensions of poverty, or to keep up with the ever-advancing state of knowledge, technology and research
and global priorities. Innovation is a crucial competency to maintain, to continue to effectively combat poverty and sustain
the energy and excitement of the caliber and talent of individuals that have built the BRAC that exists today.
How can a massive organization practice innovation? BRAC has been reflecting on how to ensure that its investment in innovation
matches the scale of its operations, and out of these conversations, the initial idea of a “Social Innovation Lab”
was conceived. Housed in the Communications Department, this unit will seek to institutionalize innovation at BRAC and create
an accessible space for all where ideas are shared, generated and nurtured. It will support programs in identifying existing
innovations, running pilot programs, and facilitating dissemination of experiences, as well as seeking new partners with promising
solutions to work with BRAC in tackling complex issues. Through its activities, the Social Innovation Lab will build program
capacity for managing internal innovation and foster cross-program and organization-wide dialog and support for new ideas
on how to advance BRAC’s mission. Already, a variety of exciting opportunities are emerging for consideration, from
better serving “floating people” (transient slum dwellers) in urban areas, to utilizing technology for effective
data utilization in integrated initiatives, to exploring reproductive health for adolescents to adopting an innovative model
of private high schools from Kenya. The Social Innovation Lab will evaluate these proposals and their overall alignment with
BRAC’s strategy and activities, and work with the programs to prioritize which to pursue. Many more exciting suggestions
were offered by BRAC staff who attended the event, confirming that there is a wealth of innovative spirit and potential to
harness and build on.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
4:55 pm edt
With all of my years working with BRAC and in development in general, I still
find myself consistently blown away by the people we work with. Last month in Liberia, I met Cecilia Doe, a formidable woman who took on the Firestone corporation to get rights to land where her community now leverages BRAC's
tools and training to grow rice.
Cecilia is Liberia's secret to success, and she's one of millions! You
can read below about how young girls in Uganda and Bangladesh are changing their communities as well.
In addition to the incredible women and girls BRAC works with in
developing communities, there are also many wonderful volunteers and interns who commit their time to BRAC's mission. I had a chance to meet with some of the summer interns at BRAC while
in Bangladesh earlier this month, and was thoroughly impressed by this amazing group. You can read posts from some of
our interns in the US and in Bangladesh on our blog.
New and experienced, our interns and volunteers are part of the soul of this organization. They are true
ambassadors of BRAC.
President & CEO
BRAC Partners with SMS Forum UReport in Uganda
BRAC was recently introduced to an initiative
called Ureport. Initiated by UNICEF, Ureport is an SMS based forum designed to provide Ugandan youth with a platform to raise
issues that concern them. The system uses mobile technology to allow youth to interact with each other and participate in
a national dialog process.
BRAC Uganda has partnered with the Ureport initiative by including the members from their youth clubs. BRAC Uganda's Empowerment and Livelihoods for Adolescents program has 690 clubs for adolescent girls and a further 100 Youth Development Centers under its Access to Health,
Education and Youth Development program in Karamoja. About 26,500 adolescent girls in Uganda are now reached by these programs.
Ureport is a great opportunity for BRAC to connect these girls through new mediums and a feedback based process. It fits nicely
with our objective of supporting youth in becoming contributing members of their communities. Already more than 3,500 club
members are being registered into the system along with nearly 9,000 young members from the microfinance and health programs.
The hope is that these BRAC participants will spread the message and encourage others to join.
Click here to read the rest.
Insana's Story: A Student and a Teacher
Insana is 18 years old. She lives in a village in Kalampur, Dhamrai in Bangladesh.
When she was in Grade 10, Insana was forced to drop out of school, as her family was unable to bear the associated
costs and needed one more hand to add to the meager family income. This was a big blow for Insana, as she enjoyed school and
wanted to continue her education further. Nevertheless, in response to her family’s needs, Insana stopped going to school
and started rearing some chicks and ducks to help support her family.
Insana was a member of a local SoFEA club,
and her club mentor and the staff became aware of this and offered her the chance to enroll in a training program to learn
tailoring. Although there was pressure from her family to find a higher earning job, Insana decided to take up the training.
Click here to read more of Insana's story.
Christy Turlington goes back to Bangladesh
week, Christy Turlington Burns returned to Bangladesh for the first time since filming No Woman, No Cry, a documentary that follows the stories of four women who face the dangers of pregnancy. One of the stories
Christy covers in her film is Monica, who is working with Yasmin, a BRAC Community Health Promoter, to ensure she has a safe
On the first day of her return, Christy talks with BRAC staff and visits our maternal health program
in the slums of Dhaka, where she reunites with Yasmin.
Click here to read Christy's
story of her first day back in Bangladesh.
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Global Alliance for Banking on Values commit to support $2 billion lending
expansionNEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A new network of growing, crisis-resistant,
sustainable banks has announced an ambitious commitment to support the expansion of $2 billion in lending to underserved communities
and green projects around the world.The Global Alliance
for Banking on Values made the announcement at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York this
month. The independent network of eleven of the world's leading sustainable banks - who serve over 7 million customers, in
20 countries, with a combined balance sheet of over $14 billion - was launched earlier this year in the Netherlands. According to its Chair, it already has concrete proposals to start making a major impact.he Global Alliance for Banking on Values consists of the following members:
Alternative Bank ABS, Switzerland, www.abs.ch
Banca Popolare Etica, Italy, www.bancaetica.com
Banex, Banco del Exito, Nicaragua, www.banex.com.ni
BRAC Bank and BRAC Microfinance Programme, Bangladesh, www.brac.net andwww.bracbank.com
GLS Bank, Germany, www.gls.de
Merkur Bank, Denmark, www.merkurbank.dk
Mibanco, Banco de la Microempresa, Peru, www.mibanco.com.pe
New Resource Bank, United States, www.newresourcebank.com
ShoreBank Corporation, United States, www.shorebankcorp.com
Triodos Bank, The Netherlands, www.triodos.com
XacBank, Mongolia, www.xacbank.comTo qualify for membership, each institution has
to meet three criteria:
- They are independent and licensed banks with a focus on retail customers;
a minimum balance sheet of $100 million
- and, most significantly, they should be committed to responsible financing
and the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.Please, view the website of the Dutch Royal House for the speech of Princess Máxima.
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BRAC leads anti-poverty effort in post-conflict countries http://www.brac.net/index.php?nid=438
NEW YORK, July 22, 2009 - BRAC is leading a $15 million initiative
to rebuild war-torn communities in West Africa, four organisations supporting the effort announced today.
The Soros Economic Development Fund, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Omidyar Network, and Humanity United
are funding this groundbreaking initiative to support families and prevent renewed conflict.
investment in the people of West Africa comes at a critical time," said Stewart Paperin, president of the Soros Economic
Development Fund. "With their countries emerging from devastating civil wars, this support gives people the tools to
BRAC, one of the world's largest anti-poverty groups, is providing microfinance, health,
and agricultural support in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It anticipates that over 500,000 people will benefit from these programmes.
"In the face of overwhelming need, BRAC's work has real potential to create opportunities for hundreds of thousands
of families to stabilise their lives and build for the future," said Matt Bannick, managing partner of Omidyar Network.
"Our investment will help catalyse this economic and social impact."
BRAC has opened 20 new microfinance branches in Sierra Leone and Liberia and will add 20 more by the end of the year. BRAC
made its first loans in June. Over the next two years, it will provide financial services to tens of thousands of women, as
well as agricultural supplies and training to small crop and livestock farmers. BRAC will also prepare four hundred community
based health volunteers to provide ongoing essential healthcare and help fight deadly diseases like malaria, tuberculosis,
"People desperately need to earn a living," said Fazle Hasan Abed, founder
and chairperson of BRAC. "Despite the many challenges these countries face, Liberia and Sierra Leone are uniquely positioned
to become models for successful development in West Africa. We are committed to providing training and resources so that the
poor, especially women, can unleash their capabilities as entrepreneurs and improve their livelihoods."
BRAC's work in Sierra Leone and Liberia is being funded through a combination of grants and equity, and BRAC is negotiating
additional debt capital to finance the loan portfolio. This two-year pilot programme will help BRAC build a long-term sustainable
strategy for integrated development in Sierra Leone and Liberia.
http://brac.tv please help us track how BRAC is changing africa
older refs- Liberia 1
BRAC's 2008 Report is at http://www.brac.net/useruploads/files/BRAC%20Annual%20Report%20-%202008.pdf
Other Africa BRAC highlights http://www.brac.net/usa/bracs_work_africa.php
leading international development organization founded in Bangladesh announced that it has successfully raised $62.6 million
of debt capital to provide microfinance loans to poor borrowers in Tanzania, Uganda and Southern Sudan. The BRAC Africa Loan
Fund provides long-term, local-currency funding that will enable BRAC to scale up its microfinance operations to reach over
700,000 borrowers through over 200 branches across the three countries. The Fund represents the largest single financing to
date of a southern hemisphere development organization expanding into Africa.
The Fund will aggregate US dollar
loans from investors through a special purpose company and use the capital to make local currency loans to BRAC Uganda, BRAC Tanzania and BRAC Southern Sudan over a period of seven years. A second and final closing is planned during the first half of 2009 to reach the Fund’s
target of $74.0 million.
1 Uganda April 09: BRAC Uganda has emerged as the largest NGO in the country, employing close to 1400 staff, 97% of them being Ugandan.
Mr. Islam also explained how BRAC Uganda currently operates 123 offices in 37 districts across the country, impacting the
lives of half a million people. more refs 1 2 3 4
About BRAC Tanzania:
In June 2006, BRAC began operating its Microfinance Program in three regions in Tanzania - Dar-es-salam,
Arusha and Coast. In the past year, approximately USD 4 million in loans has been distributed through this program. The microfinance
program includes outreach and services at the village level and is specifically focused on women. BRAC leveraged this organization
capital to develop extension service cadre in health, agriculture and livestock initiatives. Currently, there are over 350
BRAC staff members working in Tanzania.
Click here to read BRAC Tanzania's 2008 Annual Report (pdf)
Established in June 2006 and has undergone major expansion since January
Operates 41 branches in seven districts
Organized 1,481 groups
Mobilized 39,513 members; 25,518
of whom have borrowed
Disbursed over USD 4 million in loans
Employed 40 branch managers and 164 community organizers
Established in January 2007
Operates 20 branches
community members to participate in health education
Trained 200 CHVs
Established in January 2007
Operates 15 branches
Distributed 48,625 kg in seeds
Trained 243 model farmers
and extension workers
Serves 1,448 general farmers
Poultry and Livestock Program
Established in January 2007
Operates 20 branches
Trained 200 volunteers
Employed 350 staff members (95 percent
are Tanzanian and over 95 percent are local women)
Signed an agreement with the Government of Tanzania’s relevant
ministries to ensure adequate vaccination supply
Sierra Leone April 09: BRAC Sierra Leone has now set up 10 microfinance branches and launched its health, agriculture and livestock programs
S.Sudan March 2009: BRAC currently operates 17 microfinance branches in the country, reaching 14,000 members and is piloting initiatives in
livelihoods, health and education.
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headline stats from new book on brac
- BRAC is the biggest non-governmental, nonprofit organization in the world – in terms of its budget, its
staff and the number of people it reaches. BRAC is the biggest international NGO in Afghanistan, working very effectively
in some of the most difficult areas. BRAC has broad-based development programs in East Africa and in countries recovering
from war: Sudan, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- BRAC provides more than $1 billion a year in micro loans
to poor people; the repayment rate is more than 97%.
- BRAC pioneered a program for diagnosing and treating
tuberculosis that is now used worldwide. BRAC treats almost 100,000 TB patients a year and has a 92% cure rate.
operates more primary schools in Bangladesh than all the nursery, primary and secondary schools in England combined.
- BRAC’s dairy processes more than 70,000 liters of milk a day. The milk is produced entirely by villagers
in every district of Bangladesh, none owning more than one or two cows.
- Students from across the world
attend the BRAC University; thousands of villagers use its libraries and its on-line computer centers. The BRAC Bank has become
one of the largest and most trusted in Bangladesh in only eight years of operation, and its lending concentrates almost entirely
on small enterprise development, one notch up from microfinance.
Help us with worldwide brand seeding
of 5000 youth goodwill ambassador
network uniting bangladesh and worldwide mapmakers of microeconomics, social business entrepreneur networking and future
capitalism's sustainability investments -next project meeting all day+1 birthday party with dr yunus , dhaka, 29 June 2009
- help us track the best for the world news that brac and grameen
are helping peoples celebrate-
spring 09.1 IDCOL to Produce Solar Panels in Bangladesh Energy Bangla
- Apr 24, 2009
The IDCOL CEO said the programme is being implemented through 15 partner organisations (POs)
-- Grameen Shakti, BRAC Foundation, Srizony Bangladesh, ...
|.2009 open planning||BRAC headlines of 2009 include-Fazle Abed attended CGI planning meet: people included William Jefferson
Clinton, 42nd President of the United States and Founding Chairman of Clinton Global Initiative, Justin Yifu Lin, Senior Vice
President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, Margaret McKenna, President of The Wal-Mart Foundation, Dr. James Mwangi,
Managing Director and Chief Executive of Officer of Equity Bank Limited, Pamela Passman, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft
===================planning how 5000 youth ambassadors worldwide can exchnage yunus and abed and other
microeconomic leaders replications
there are obviously many sub-permutations of issues
vital to 5000 youth ambassadors , I wish interns in bangkadesh would bring a plaque with their university crest and
nail it to the hotel reception wall declaring their university to be virtually associated with dhaka. the idea that a 3 year
undergrad course needs to be done in one bricks ad mortared expensive place is not sustainable for any undergraduate of development
economics - we needs to turn one of the dhaka hotels into a sort of club med for interns of dhaka as the open uni of smba
- by the way the former first lady of s.africa already calls dhaka the open uni of microcredit.
It would be fantastic
if we could pool knowhow on how to make interns and other adventure learning tours bettter and better - I believe this can
be a fantastic student led social business - its relevant to exploring at least 4 deep microcredits and epicentres of smba as
well as their interactions - 3 are in dhaka : grameen, brac, and asa - all in the same area; one is in kenya; if anyone can
get to kenya in march 2010 that's when a once in a lifetime microecreditsummit comes to nairobi; kena has the world;'s first
youth and mothers mobile micropecredit; it may yet be enough to empower obama's foreign assistment pledges- notwithstanding
briliant efforts by finca, brac and microloanfoundation among others I dont see any other millennium goal map connected
by microeconomits for africa emerging without connecting through what jamii bora
can help collaborative multiply but look forward to other maps if you have them
|.for june 29 we are thinking that we will probably also find a very few interns who are already there and marry what they are doing
in with june 29; we have also been promised by the end of may access to all records of interns that have ever been to grameen;
we'd like ambassador5000 to connect that and intern records of other microcredits - we are searching for those young people who found internship
in bangladesh a life changing experience that in some way they wish to contnuouly social business network- once we have a
few common resources like a web of 1000 social busienss http://socialbusiness.tv/ which new york youth pledged to in januray all these jigsaws may come together at the same time but we need young people
in the modst of assembling the big pictures|
I believe I am correct in saying that mostofa is available during the month
mid june to late july to help optimise any inteviews or visits you might want; of course he needs to confirm that and
also has local family responsibilities but it is my assumption that integrating inten programs and youth ambassador 5000 and
interviews that future capitalist journalists want to make with grameen global brand inside is
work that mostofa with lamiya's team will be doing for a long time to come-
3.0 that is partly why we filmed
last summer grameen inside and made 9 hours of transcripts before the whole world started making up glossier stories; we wanted
to see the view of lifelong workers at bgrameen before the glossy broadcast story; at least that is what back in january
2008 we (sofia, modjtaba, mostofa, mark and I) asked dr yunus permission to do. new york jan anmd london fe
1.0 perhaps we need 2 plans - many people who are coming to dhaka june 28/9 yunus 69th birthday partyhttp://yunusforum.net/
(also the first third of a century of bangladesh's micro-up maps being shared worldwide - a new genre to
be published as microeconomics future capitalism
or innovating collaboration and social business
) for about 4 days
but you imply a second group including
mostofa and yourself who want a month in dhaka adventure learning-action plan
- Paris: I understand you
have the special case of the blockbuster movie work; some other people may blend this in with internship or other action research
or future capitalism journalism ; ...
last summer grameen inside and made 9 hours of transcripts before the
whole world started making up glossier stories; we wanted to see the view of lifelong workers at bgrameen before the
glossy broadcast story; at least that is what back in january 2008 we (sofia, modjtaba, mostofa, mark and I) asked
dr yunus permission to do. new york jan anmd london fe archiveshttp://www.youtube.com/caplinski
So by july 08 have 9 hours of films and transcripts available made in dhaka - examples of which I also
gave to saskia but which are kept in the grameen video library which goes back 30 years and is alongside the nobel permanent
exhibition ; in other words depending how deeply you want to search the media archives there is at least a week's material
to look at on just quarter of a floor of grammen bank; also one of the people attending on june 29 is a photoographer who
has gone to a sample of everywhere with dr yunus whom mostofa can introduce you to- it is impossible to understand
the female and youth magic of microcredit without understanding what was involved in setting up womens circles/centres in
1976- the greatest investment in open knowledge infrastructure a nation has ever made making silicon valley look pretty bogus
in its roots; and for a modern rendering of where that leapfrogs to I attach a concept I was given by http://grameensolutions.com/ at start of jan 08 for thiose of an IT can chnage the world mind
|.healthcare snap between
2 capitals with most at stake :DC & Dhaka|
please may I introduce you in various criss-crossing ways
but with particular coordinates on micro-medicine and the world's top 2 sustainability investmment collaboration gravities
between dc and dhaka - the 2 greatest yes we can epicentres with son of microcredit in charge in dc and fathers and mothers of microredit leading dhaka
Nalini a fulbright prize winner in dc and active in research
in india that seems to have remarkable parallels to larry brilliant's; and professor in childrens medicine a george washington
and her son Abhi who has just graduated there in medicine ; they both attended the GWU talk of yunus in early february
where 50 other youth were given tockets I bought by alex - to mostofa in london
a bangladesh is villager and also a london universiuty student who is central to the idea that dr yunus briefed him on last
summer at microcredit bali of ambassador 5000
Youth AMB5000 is an opportunity to connect:
grameen does internships and open sources micro-solutions with communities all over the world
networks and uni students who support bangaleshi methods connect with other yes we can or micro up methods
the other stuff that both yunus and fazle abed and other micro-solutions leadrs in dhaka go round developing hi-trust partenrships around
it would be useful to rehearse what areas of medicine or other things interest you and mostofa can find out whetther there
are any live projects going on inside grameen that currently need help or whether there are any attempts to search out partnerships
which need relationship building among usa -eg earlier this month princeton students hosted an event on microcredit*microhealth -if
we could replicate that some time in DC you would think we might start hunting who in NIH is interested in sustainable medicine/health
care and of course when dr yunus is in dc he's usually asked to visit either bernanke on banks or hilary on healthcare - or
other experts (grameen has several hundred medical staff of which about 5 are in boston at grameen america hq and the erst
in bangladesh); and then 2 blocks away from grameen is brac the original vilage bursing network
-new book by ian smillie freedom from want describes that
or other ways of essentially building a rural
national health system as a jigsaw of hi-trust connecting pieces
I pretty quickly get out of my depth of understanding
in medical areas which is also why mostofa and I want to convince people inside grameen that they need to become good at corresponding
with very customised trajectories youth leaders may be on - its like huge detailed game of snap in my mind but then
I am just a very simple-mided free marketmaker as many scots are
Nalini - back in britain a personal family
friend is sir KP - former head of the royal academy of medicine - if you can search him and see if there is a topic in
his cv that interests you then I can try and send an email between you - somehow I have to try and get cambridge university
medical school connecting with dhaka but I have to find some topic that sir keith knows they do
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Freedom From Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, The Global Grassroots Organization that’s Winning the Fight Against Poverty
April 2009 / 304 pages / Paperback / 978-1-56549-294-3 / $24.95
mapmaker's data from the book's freedom chapters coming soon
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|.In 1950 , Abed's Uncle Saidul went to London as
Pakistan's trade commissioner, and in 1954 Abed followed. For an 18 year old, traditional ideas about going into govenment
service seemed outdtaed in the new post-colonial world, and Abed wanted to do something out of the ordinary. He still cannot
explain what drew him to naval archotecture, except for the fact that it was well out of the ordinary. Soon he found
himself in Glasgow. The naval archotecture course was a 4 year program with alternati ng 6 month periods in the calssroom
and the shipyard, where studentls learned through hands-on experience. Afetr 6 months of basic physics and maths, he
went to Yarrow and company shipyard as an apprentice draftsman, an experience he describes toay as "not that
lovely". The second year, he skiipped the shipyard and started to think ahead. He was beginning to realizxe that as a
naval architect he could be obliged to spend the rest of his life in Glasgow, Belfast, or Norway. He visited Norway in 1955
to take a look, and he was not impressed. he wrote to his uncle in London saying he had concluded that naval architecture
was "not my line" after all. His father objected to him quitting but his uncle welcomed him back to London
where he now concluded that his options lay between law and accounting |
This book is about the triumph of
optimism, enterprise, and common sense over despair. It is about development without bodrers., and an incredible organisation
created to deal with abject poverty in a broken country. The borders BRAC has crossed are not just political borders, though
those are real enough. It has breached the borders of development orthodoxy, discovering the fallacies in standard approaches
to community development and demonmstrating that poverty can be pushed back dramatically if it is tackled directly. It has
shown that poor, even completely destitute, women in a conservative Muslim society can learn, earn and lead. It has shown
that the market can be a powerful ally in the fight against poverty. It has breached the borders of small, turning tiny experimental
efforts into huge enterprises that are staffed almost exclusively by tens of thousands of villagers who once had nothing ,
and whose own borders were once defined by ignorance, ill health, isolation and fear.
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