Sir Fazle: "The idea is to change systems of inequity."
We're indebted to our supporters for making 2016 a transformative year for people living in poverty worldwide.
For its work, BRAC was recognized by NGO Advisor as the top NGO in the world for 2017.
To celebrate the announcement, Founder and Chairperson, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, spoke with NGO Advisor
Editor-in-Chief Jean-Christophe Nothias.
"If BRAC is emblematic of anything, I would like to hope it is a
concerted, long-term effort to transform the basic conditions of one’s society," Abed said.
Read the full interview between Sir Fazle and NGO Advisor...
Tackling youth unemployment in Bangladesh
The Global Center for Youth Employment highlighted BRAC's Skills Training for Advancing Resources program (STAR)
as its featured partner this month. Shormila (pictured) is one of its many participants who benefited from a 6-month apprenticeship.
Read more about Shormila and the STAR program...
Video: Rewind 2016 with BRAC
Take a journey back through the last 12 months with BRAC's annual year-in-review video. In less than five minutes,
get the highlights of BRAC's best year yet.
Watch BRAC's 2016 year-in-review video...
if next wednesday we get the right order of stories, sir fazle will let me brainstoirm
connection oppiortunties of each story which need his authorisation to action
is made complicated for me by you
not all being there - thats why i have to have a story i can tell aboit you even if its not simplly the way you would
so please help me edit this emerging script -once we have
agreed a script -then eg amy
use the same partnership invitration stories to brief china-linkedin hubs ...and globayouth50000 friends likestephanie
in brooklyn can help research 1776 or anyone but rescript same one minute stories but in your own words
5th year of discussing
-worldwide evidence eg kim 80th birthday
greeting, soros and wise laureates, Norman macrae research...
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 world around:
Thriving girls livelihoods (starting with those born poorest) integral/essemtial to Sustainability System design
5.3 Urgent startup Projects supporting this
1 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?
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 bkash ...)
Global 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
this 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-youyth 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 – tsunghua , wise, pan Africa youth alumni, cfreative children educators
association (eg gordon dryden)
| what interests me is acumen is turning itself into its own peer to peer training centre on dynamics
relevant to end poverty models or girls projects for everyone - i do wonder if we should be recommending brac do the
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 hsi occupation from next fall
or how the world can learn from way bangaldesh builds its elearning nation now that broadband
is in every school
there couild be a competituion subsectuon on this at mostofa's www.gycommunity.com in dubai or steph's UN youth entrepreneur competition or even at relevant open spaces or hackathons as they move around
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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).
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.
Sir Fazle has received many honorary degrees, including from Princeton University (2014), the University
of Oxford (2009), Columbia University (2008) and Yale University (2007).
question from owner of yazmi's 3 billion millenials elearning satellite-
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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
3 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!!!!
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
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!
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
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.
how 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?
World Bank Group Youth Summit 2014: The Need for Open
& Responsive Governments
October 7, 2014
IFC Auditorium, Washington, DC
The 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
| ||YES SCOTLAND can be
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
Partnerships for BRAC International
2011 Annual Donor Consortium Meeting
Presentation [PDF-2 MB] by Executive Director
2011 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 ..
sorry to say that patriarchy remains entrenched in our social and religious practices.
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
Syedul 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 NGO
Barrister Manzoor Hasan: Celebrated
lawyer and activist. Awarded Order of the British Empire for his role in combatting corruption in Bangladesh
Meheriar Munim Hasan: Executive Vice President of
US Bank Corporation. Highest ranked Bangladeshi bank executive in the Western Hemisphere.
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, South
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 outcome.
"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."
BRAC works 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.
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 hollow.
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.
Tune 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
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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
DC Bureau of microcredit.tv
301 881 1655, chris.macrae AT yahoo.co.uk
suggestions for editing bracase welcome - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 China will 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.
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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
This 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
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