Breaking news- 2 most valuable higher education searches- 1) what are www youth ambassadors for sdgs? what is AI for valuetrue market purpose?how'd you like to search WRJ blog by value chains eg vc1 money vc2 AI & human tech vc3 health vc4 arts and communities happy stuff including olympics vc5 girls safety vc6 education for livelihoods vc7 food as nutrition security & diversity vc8 infrastructure for win-win trade maps vc9 true media
breaking the last empire : americans need to vote now are they separate and superior speciesn OR are they like the rest of the 8 billion of us? new summer 2019 : drucker ::::60 years ago dad, norman macrae, started the first of 100 conversations on AI (Artificial Intelligence), He had just surveyed how Japan was rising (lifting potentially Asians everywhere out of colonial era poverty) round brilliant engineers (bullet trains, container superports , microelectronics, the most reliable engines in the world) - from tokyo he brought back a pocket calculator- what would schools and the world be like if everyone had one of these?

Within a few years the world was debating if tech helps man reach the moon is there any mission impossible on earth.
5G 2020s (4 3 2) 1 G 1970s
And Gordon Moore of Intel had just written a paper promising that microelectronic engineers would improve tech 100 fold every G decade to 2020s -that's a trillion fold more powerful microchips in 2030 than man raced to the moon with. So who's knowledge should teachers and everyone linkin to now if millennials are to be the first sustainability generations and THE UN 17 sdgs are to be celebrated as possible wherever the next girl is born. We welcome your nominations: here are a few examples back from the future of 2030 followed by an approximate chronological order. If in doubt as to whether we know your favorite WRJC please search this blog and mail us if we have left someone out

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

reid hoffman #BR6

Great discussion with Allen Blue and @LinkedIn staff on the future of work and the potential of technology and data to create more opportunity for people everywhere.

Thursday, July 26, 2018


latest news of bezos footnoted from unwomnens week spet 2018 and jim kim

first news of bezos back before bezos the AI we had was:
the personal computer of 1984
the worldwide web of early 1989
- initially in uk where i was you could only afford to play of you were in academia (cos of cost of local telphones) so ecommerce seemed weird and wonderful viewing amazon 1995's birth out of uk and then there were the great debates could people redesign value chains to maximise hard working smes and value staying loca,ly where people served each other
- at the time was bezos fair in trying to patent one click- since then bezos has impacted everyone including whether jack ma and jerry yang can save the webs livelihood generation from silli valleys fake media and attempts to reduce the web to an appendix of ad age and mr trump's personal greatness being all american can twit about

now we know bezos failed 200 american cities as not having the gist of what amazon doubling up headquarters needs -bit sad that bezos came too late to meet the one guy who has he=kept dc youth believing since 2012

Jim Kim 

President at The World Bank


Famine ffected over 20 million people in 2017 alone. With support from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon Web Services, we’re partnering with the United Nations and the International Committee of the

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latest news of bezos above unwomens week sept 2018

to patent onFamine is an ongoing international crisis that affected over 20 million people in 2017 alone. With support from Microsoft, Google, and Amazon Web Services, we’re partnering with the United Nations and the International Committee of the

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gee bezos has influeneced everyine since then from jack ma and jerry yang may yet save tech from the silly valleys fakest to what the blip are he and john mackey upo to

Monday, July 23, 2018

From Macs - to Under 30s Girls, Boys, Parents, Teachers, Public Servant Leaders, Tech Wizards...

As diaspora scots, i was one of 3 Macraes who had been lucky enough to do projects as journalists, innovation consultants, missionaries,  in over half the world's nations as of 2008- we had just been debriefed by Dr Yunus

diaspora scots believe if you get finance and education relevant to next generation then nothing is impossible provided you aim to love good peoples everywhere-
 we explore how 1000 times more mobile connectivity can be used by fintech and edutech wizards as the way to map sustainabilitybgoals communities linkedin around the world- and create the next 3 billion jobs under 30s need

billion jobs so that girls can thrive whichever community she is born into next
billion jobs as we go green- making all lour childrens family rrees renewable
billion jobs now that we have 1000 times more mobile connections with each other than in 1946- see un report on every kind of tech applied to digital cooperation

we learnt this from start of 1700s- half of scots savings disappeared in a banking scam- england colonied scotland as a cionsequence; soon
londons' quarterly accountants valued sheep (the king liked riast lamb) more than people- so half of us emigrated by 1843- thius was when scot james wilson satrted The Economist to try to sack mps who voted for the rich instead of the poor masses.. its wasnt just an ideolgy, a potato famine in ireland killed many people while englands trich cirn laws destroyed excess product rather than sell it too low- did you see burberry and other hi-fashion houses still destroy product rather than ...

Wasteful Or Eco-Friendly? Burberry Burns Its Own Clothes & Bags ... › Trending › WTF

HELP US REVALUE Small Medium Enterprsie Value Trading Routes

old and new world's Belt Road<//td>what girls-good fintech can dowhat girls edutech can dowhat tech4SME can do in other markets and sdg economic zones

3 days ago - Burberry Burns Its Own Clothes & Bags Worth millions

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

why isnt action learning the great win-win currency of all time

Summer debate at -why isn't this the happiest time for word trade ever - mobilising action learning could have been the greatest win-win currency of all time - better than spices, silks, minaturisation of electronics with leap in civil engineering the 3 happiest markets evident in history's multi-win trading maps advancing the human lot - so why do we have 7 no trumps instead 

MOST EXCITING TIMES TO B E ALIVE -the future we sought in 1984

Changing education
There has been a sea-change in the traditional ages on man. Compared with 1974 our children in 2024 generally go out to paid work (especially computer programming work) much earlier, maybe starting at nine, maybe at twelve, and we do not exploit them. But young adults of twenty-three to forty-five stay at home to play much more than in 1974; it is quite usual today for one parent (probably now generally the father, although sometimes the mother) to stay at home during the period when young children are growing up. And today adults of forty-three to ninety-three go back to school - via computerised learning - much more than they did in 1974.
In most of the rich countries in 2024 children are not allowed to leave school until they pass their Preliminary Exam. About 5 per cent of American children passed their exam last year before their eight birthday, but the median age for passing it in 2024 is ten-and-a-half, and remedial education is generally needed if a child has not passed it by the age of fifteen.
A child who passes his Prelim can decide whether to tale a job at once, and take up the remainder of his twelve years of free schooling later; or he can pass on to secondary schooling forthwith, and start to study for his Higher Diploma.
The mode of learning for the under-twelves is nowadays generally computer-generated. The child sits at home or with a group of friends or (more rarely) in an actual, traditional school building. She or he will be in touch with a computer program that has discovered , during a preliminary assessment, her or his individual learning pattern. The computer will decide what next questions to ask or task to set after each response from each child.
A school teacher assessor, who may live half a world away, will generally have been hired, via the voucher system by the family for each individual child. A good assessor will probably have vouchers to monitor the progress of twenty-five individual children, although some parents prefer to employ groups of assessors - one following the child's progress in emotional balance, one in mathematics, one in civilized living, and so on - and these groups band together in telecommuting schools.
Many communities and districts also have on-the-spot 'uncles' and 'aunts'. They monitor childrens' educational performance by browsing through the TC and also run play groups where they meet and get to know the children personally...
Some of the parents who have temporarily opted out of employment to be a family educator also put up material on the TC s for other parents to consult. Sometimes the advice is given for free, sometimes as a business. It is a business for Joshua Ginsberg. He puts a parents advice newsletter on the TC , usually monthly. Over 300 million people subscribe to it, nowadays at a 5-cent fee per person, or less. Here's an entry from the current newsletter:
"Now that TCs are universal and can access libraries of books, 3-d video, computer programs, you name it, it is clear that the tasks of both the Educator and the Communicator are far more stimulating that ten years ago.
One of my recent lessons with my ten-year-old daughter Julie was in art appreciation. In the standard art appreciation course the TC shows replicas of famous artists' pictures, and a computer asks the pupil to match the artist to the picture. Julie said to the computer that it would be fun to see Constable's Haywain as Picasso might have drawn it. The computer obliged with its interpretation , and then ten more stylised haywains appeared together with the question 'who might have drawn these?'. I believe we are the first to have prompted the TC along this road, but it may now become a standard question when the computer recognises a child with similar learning patterns to Julie's.
history as we see it-  of course  an over-simplification
uop to 1500 national economies were correlated by size; also largely chose productive spaces to be

the overland silk road was a happy relay overland from west asia lebanon to china east coast belt; to the west of lebano every med sea facing nation joined in happy win-win trades; it seems to us that eg sliks and spices were light enough to be currenceis and ones that steadinly appreciated - there was always incraesing demand but in steady ways- largely speaking all overland heighbors had to joyfully get on with each other- the whole trading relay would have broken down if any 2 neighbors had turned hostile on each other

then something hapened - it was doscovered by north sea europeans that they cpuld sail round africa- it was a perilous journy - often crew were pressganged in - the last thing a boat could affird was not to get the goods it wanted- so boars were armed- the mercantile area became one of the biggest not only chose what to trade but then colonised- largely speaking the island nation of britain colonised much of the south ejurasia cosastal belt- over time it decimate economies on the india subcontuent and later when it offered china opium for silks and spices - the uk caused the withdrwal of the largest nation from world tgrade for over a centiry; meanwhile in what turned lout to be about the alst centiry of colonisaion up to wprld war 2 , the island ation of japan developed the bad habot of colinising from the east

what hapened after world war 2 is pretty extraodinary if you follow the logics- the uk gave back colonies but in deeply im[poversihed states a[part from a couple of island singaporae and later hong kong; the defeated japan rose agian with some new win-win curencies sespecially coneumetr ellectronics and great engineering notably supor-rails and contanierised ;ports

japsns enemies korea and the dispora chiense soon maximised these win-win trades- in other wprds fopr the first time in over 4 centturies win-win world grade had been innovated

at the same time america tjurned the electirnkics into the moon race - and thus the moores law of cdoubling connectivity technolgy was set to dounble for 7- years frpm 1946 to 2016 - thas a 1000 fold - but what was this rising currency to be used for

we had hoped from moon landing taht www would be designed as the smartest action elarning age- mobilising life crotocal solution apps not an extension of dumb (fake ews) adverstising- outr hopes have been dashed wherever the world of 7 no tru;ps reigns but isnt it just possible the whole wrld still wants tp celebrate youth as the action elarnking sustainability generation - in which case lets all make friends with thoise ;partts of etthe east that are dong - that china, and bangladesh being the 2 mlost imspiring cases of tech for sustainability em;powered by grls

Sunday, July 15, 2018

fazle abed archives

special feature BRAC bank: banking for Small Enterprises - the least studied of 5 interconnecting ways BRAC finances women and youth empowerment, entrepreneurship and communities sustaining family sized businesses  (other 4 bkash, microfinance plus, Ultra, international remitances hub in Netherlands) also various partnerships of the world's largest NGO network including global association of banks with values  1
Transcript sources  . edu  anti-poverty design :  latest 1400 play based dev centers  80th birthday tributes sobhan 
T0 International Poverty Reduction Center in China
Poverty Reduction and Development Forum: Transforming Development Pattern and Poverty Reduction Beijing, 17 October 2010
Address by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG Founder & Chairperson of BRAC Sharing the BRAC experience in Bangladesh and Beyond
Your Excellency, Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu Minister Fan, Director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation Chairperson of the Session: Ms. Renata Lok-Dessalien
Our interventions aim to achieve large scale, positive changes through economic and social programmes that enable men and women to realise their potential. The most important thing that we have learned about development – that people who are poor must participate in creating their own solution. They must be empowered and they need access to financial resources. Self-empowerment comes from the confidence and selfworth an individual feels. BRAC works to develop the capacities of the poor, particularly women as agents of change 

Fazle Hasan Abed - Wikipedia
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 bractb.JPG legend #BR0 (China) yo #BR2 (South Asia) to @BR11 (Arctic Circle) to #BR12 :UN

stories -legend ER journalists (tracking doubling of comstech every 7 years since 1946) log innovation by approx 7 time (leap) periods- cf gates way ahead exponential (colab netwirks) change means always more than plannable over 7 years always less than hoped in 3 years
MICRODEVELOPMENT is about changing every life critical market to empower the poorest suppliers- its about livelihood education for all ages-  to name all this microcredit was a very costly branding mistake - as is failining to understand that bootom-up solutions have to integarte from vilage to 20000 vilages to natuional leadership to global leadership As The Economkist said recently, the miracle economics of women empowerment out of Bangladesh villages wasnt microcredit it was brac-
one component of brac as the world's largest NGO and leader of livelihood development around the very poorest women is its total hi-trust presence in bangladesh financial services - from the only massive microfinance network to see its ownership survive transformation from the most non-digital to the fully digital networking, here are some of BRAC's dynamic subnetworks:
 to be a leading financial servant to the poorest, brac had to build Ultra-- Micro plus --- Brac Bank --- Bkash ...
BRAC log  B1-7
B1 1972-1979
B2 1979-1986
B3 1986=1993
B4 1993-2000
B5 2000-2007
B6 2007-2014
B7 2014-2021
B1.1 see T2 from relief model to microdevelopment model (how girls built bangladesh economy bottom-up)- innovating give directly and social business through 7 years of living with poorest in rural lab searching for scaleable microfranchises
B1.2 see T3 fazle abed's conversion from CEO of Shell OIl Pakistan to Disaster relief coordinating engineer to  village designer of Microdevekopment and women empowerment
B2.1 see T1 Oral rehydration builds rural health service from nothing and scales BRAC microdevelopment including financing across 200000 villages
B2.2 Building Rural Health Service network - see T0 - Health services are delivered to the community through over 80,000 community health servants who receive training on 10 common illnesses. They are modeled 6 after your “barefoot doctors.” They are the front line of public health – in water, in sanitation, and in the fight against tuberculosis. They have been taught to detect, refer and administer the DOTS (Direct Observation Treatment Shortcourse) treatment for tuberculosis.
B3 schools see T0- Schooling also relies on women from the community but teachers are drawn from among those who have at least 10 years of education. BRAC‟s goal is to provide nonformal primary education to poor children who have never gone to school or have dropped out for economic reasons. The objective is to provide what they have missed so that they can catch up with the formal system. Each BRAC school is made up of one classroom with 35 students and one teacher who teaches everything. Currently 1.5 million children are enrolled in BRAC schools and more than 4 million have graduated
B3.1 Agriculture value chains - see T5
B4.0 Barefoot lawyers - see T4 and this
service branch of BRAC 
BR4.1  University see T2

B5.1 see T1 brac goes international - idea 1 girls schools afghanisatan #BR7
B5.2 see Fazle designs Ultra Poor -see T6 (give directly solution)


From Freedom From Want by Smilie
.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  
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Mushtaque Chowdhury, PhD Vice Chairperson, BRAC

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Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury is the Vice Chairperson and advisor to the Chairperson and founder of BRAC. He is also a professor of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York. During 2009-2012, he served as a senior advisor and acting Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation, based in Bangkok, Thailand. He also worked as a MacArthur/Bell Fellow at Harvard University.
Dr. Chowdhury is one of the founding members of the two civil society watchdogs on education and health called Bangladesh Education Watch and Bangladesh Health Watch respectively. He is on the board or committees for several organizations and initiatives, including the Advisory Board of the South Asia Centre at London School of Economics, Lead Group for Scaling Up Nutrition Movement at United Nations and is the current chair of the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resources for Health (AAAH). He is also the President of the Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association (DUSDAA). Dr. Chowdhury was a coordinator of the UN Millennium Task Force on Child Health and Maternal Health, set up by the former Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, along with Professor Allan Rosenfield, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, New York.
Dr. Mushtaque had previously received the ‘Innovator of the Year 2006’ award from the Marriott Business School of Brigham Young University in the USA, the PESON oration medal from the Perinatal Society of Nepal in 2008 and Outstanding Leadership Award from Dhaka University Statistics Department Alumni Association. He has a wide interest in development, particularly in the areas of education, public health, nutrition, poverty eradication and environment. Dr. Chowdhury has published several books and over 150 articles in peer-reviewed international journals.
A Ph.D. holder from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Mushtaque completed his MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA with Honors from the University of Dhaka.
I realized that my role is not just about collecting data, but it is to make the work of BRAC known to broader development community within and outside the country.
You have been a development professional for forty years and have recently been awarded for your achievement. Please elaborate the details of this global recognition.
The award I received recently is called the “Medical Award of Excellence’ which is given annually by the US-based Ronald McDonald House Charities. Connected to the McDonald’s restaurant chain, the Charity was initiated in 1974 and has been providing support for compassionate care to children and their families worldwide. As of now, it works in 64 countries serving over five million families annually. This award, initiated in 1990, was won by many eminent personalities in the past, including former US President Jimmy Carter, former US First Ladies Betty Ford and Barbara Bush, Queen Noor of Jordan, Tennis star Andrea Jaeger and Health Minister of Rwanda Agnes Binagwahu. I am probably the first South Asian recipient of this prestigious award, and I feel very proud about it. An Award committee invites nominations from prominent people from across the world and decides on the winner from a shortlist of outstanding candidates. Recognition is the central aspect of it, but it carries prize money of $100,000, which will be donated to another charity of my choice.
You’ve been a part of BRAC from its inception. Tell us something about its situation back then.
When I joined in 1977 as a statistician, BRAC had only been operating for five years with its headquarters located in a small office at Moghbazar in Dhaka. But the main activities were in the field, in the remote areas of Sunamganj district. Soon after joining I was sent to the Sulla Project in Sunamganj. BRAC had been carrying out community development activities in about 200 villages of the haor region since 1972. There were projects on health, family planning, nutrition, education, agriculture, and microcredit. All the projects were geared towards empowering the poor and women. As the haor population did not grow or consume many vegetables, one of the projects promoted its cultivation and use. My first assignment was to evaluate the outcome of BRAC’s vegetable promotion in the villages. I spent a week in different communities trying to understand what the project was all about and how the villagers accepted it. I developed a simple questionnaire and tested it as a pilot. I was a fresh graduate from Dhaka University, and my knowledge or experience of how to design such an evaluation was rudimentary at best. Ultimately the idea of evaluating this program was abandoned as there was no baseline to compare with. However, this failed exercise taught me about the value of experimental design and non-quantitative ethnographic methods in research. More importantly, this first trip to Sulla gave me an immense opportunity to learn about the problems that the poor and women faced in rural Bangladesh, particularly in the backward haor areas, and see how BRAC was trying to address them through innovative means. The villages where BRAC was working had a very low literacy rate, less than 20%. BRAC designed an innovative adult literacy program called functional education. Following Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator-philosopher, a significant part of the technical education program was to make people conscious of themselves and their role in society. I was deeply moved and pleasantly surprised by seeing how BRAC was making poor women aware and empowered. I attended several village meetings in which I found the women very vocal and articulate in explaining how they were being exploited in the family and the society. I was convinced and impressed that BRAC was doing some fundamental transformational work in changing the rural community. Such Freirean work that we did in the 1970s and 1980s laid the foundation for BRAC’s work in the years to come. The transformation we see now in the lives of women in Bangladesh has had much to do with what other NGOs and we did during that time.
After the Sulla trip, I was asked to work in BRAC’s second integrated project, Manikganj. Supported by EZE of Germany, the project required a baseline survey to be done. I spent three months in the project and devoted all my knowledge and energy to do a good survey. There was no looking back afterward. I initiated many studies including a survey on Gonokendra, a monthly development journal that BRAC was producing for primary school teachers with UNICEF support. At the same time, I also started collaborating with a researcher at Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) to do some sophisticated analysis of data that we had collected on family planning in Sulla. I used to spend my daytime in BRAC and evenings at BIDS working on the family planning data. The results were dramatic – Sulla had the highest contraceptive prevalence and continuation rates in Bangladesh. I realized that my role is not just about collecting data, but it is to make the work of BRAC known to broader development community within and outside the country. We then started giving attention to publishing the success (and failure) stories of BRAC through scientific publications. The family planning results were published in the BIDS journal, The Bangladesh Development Studies, in 1978. BRAC is an action organization but my first few years of experimenting with research led to the quick realization that there was an appetite for evidence and its use in the organization. My purpose in BRAC was already determined – to help BRAC become an evidence-based organization!
Tell us the story behind BRAC’s success.
The recipe behind BRAC’s success has always been its robust, dedicated and uninterrupted leadership. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, whom we fondly call Abed bhai, with his vision of a free and exploitation-free Bangladesh, has always been at the helm. He is a versatile genius with immense knowledge about everything. When I shared a draft report of the Manikganj baseline survey, my first output in BRAC, he took two days to read it. While giving his feedback, he asked me a few questions, which surprised me, of course very pleasantly. The questions he asked were about my use of different statistical methods and whether the use of specific other methods would strengthen the analysis. That was the day that I decided to stay in BRAC for the rest of my career and work with Abed bhai. I knew I would have the opportunity to learn and utilize my knowledge here directly. I sympathize with my many colleagues who did not get such opportunities to work with him directly.
Many observers have attributed BRAC’s success to its exceptionally efficient management system. The internal audit department, for example, employs nearly 300 staff. BRAC is large with almost one lac staff, but the management is sufficiently decentralized with a clear information sharing system in place between the field and headquarters. Observers have also pointed out BRAC’s continued and unfailing emphasis on women. Most of the program participants, be it in microfinance, education or health, are all women. BRAC believes in scale. If a solution is effective at a small scale, we feel it is an imperative to bring it to as many people as possible. ‘Small is beautiful but large is necessary,’ as the saying goes in BRAC! BRAC’s programs are large and now reach about 120 million people, most of whom are in Bangladesh.
BRAC works closely with the government but doesn’t shy away when needed to challenge any government action that BRAC thinks goes against the interest of the poor. BRAC also works in close partnership with the development partners. Some of the donors of BRAC have continued supporting it since its inception. BRAC has achieved such trust of our partners. The other distinguishing feature of BRAC is its insistence on sustainability. BRAC has been establishing enterprises since the 1970s. The enterprises support its development programs and generate a surplus for use in other development activities. 80% of the $1 billion annual budget of BRAC is generated internally. BRAC is often its fiercest critiques. The investment in research and evaluation has made BRAC one of the very few evidence-based NGOs globally. And last but not the least is BRAC’s continued commitment to its purpose. It has remained true to its goals but has changed course and strategies based on the changing needs of the poor and the national and global realities.
What is the reason behind the success of NGOs in Bangladesh?
The War of Liberation has brought a massive change in the mindset of the people of Bangladesh. Most of the large NGOs such as BRAC and Gonoshasthaya Kendra are the direct fruits of the War. The NGOs made good use of the changed mindsets. The prestigious medical journal Lancet has recently published a full series of articles on Bangladesh’s progress. Interestingly, one of the reasons attributed to this success is the Liberation War. The promotion of family planning is cited as an example. Before the war, conservatives created obstructions against family planning. However, after liberation, the conservatives were defeated along with their viewpoints, and others were free to live based on their own beliefs and philosophies. The work of NGOs and, of course, the government has led to the family planning revolution in the country. This social reform brought by the liberation war was hastened by NGOs whereas such improvements are not visible in Pakistan or India. In case of sanitation, on another example, Bangladesh has done tremendously well. The rate of open defecation in Bangladesh is 1% compared to India’s 50%. Bangladesh has worked in a similar direction from the 1970s and created a base, which is still contributing to issues such as family planning, sanitation, and microcredit. The NGOs are still working to empower and make people conscious, and I believe this has contributed significantly to their success in the country over time.
What social impacts do the “Ultra poor” and “Adolescence Girls Club” projects run by BRAC have on the society?
BRAC’s program on ultra-poor focuses on the bottom 10 to 15% of the population in poverty scale. They do not have access to microfinance. Initiated in 2001, this program offers a package of interventions including participatory identification of the ultra-poor families, transfer of assets such as cows, goats, chickens or small grocery shops, training on how to take care of the assets, and coaching. We also give them a stipend so that they can concentrate in rearing the assets, as well as health services. Till date, we have been able to reach around 1.7 million families. According to research studies done by the London School of Economics, the participant family members have continued their upward march to earning more income and assets and improving the nutritional status of their children. Experiences suggest that 95% of the participants are able to graduate out of ultra-poverty within two years and gain access to microfinance and other market-based poverty reduction tools. In 2004, the Ford Foundation and the World Bank replicated the model in ten countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, which produced similar positive results as Bangladesh. At present, this model is being implemented in 40 other nations of the world. This is an example of how a model developed by BRAC in Bangladesh is being used to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) globally.
BRAC Adolescence Girls Club model has also been replicated in many countries where BRAC works. In Uganda, for example, thousands of Ugandan adolescent girls are participating in over 1200 such clubs. Research done by the London School of Economics found that participation in adolescent clubs has resulted in higher use of family planning and in lowering fertility rate. This is quite significant in a society where the large family (with 6+ children) is a norm. A vast social change is being ushered in the process.
What measures have you taken concerning the health sector?
Bangladesh has done reasonably well in recent years in improving the health status of its population. This has been possible because of selected public health programs are undertaken by the government and NGOs. Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) program done by BRAC is a good example. Other successful programs include immunization, tuberculosis and family planning. However, there are other issues in the health sector that need to be addressed to reach the SDGs. These include non-communicable diseases such as cancer, hypertension, and diabetics, etc. which is responsible for 65 percent of deaths nowadays. To address such issues we need to have a good health system and definite and sustained steps towards ensuring Universal Health Coverage (UHC). We are currently working on some areas including maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), TB, nutrition, primary health care, eye care, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), malaria, etc.
BRAC has a significant contribution in the country’s educational sector. What new things is your organization planning to bring forward in this regard?
The literacy rate in Bangladesh has gone up over the years, but effective literacy is still not more than 50%. BRAC is doing its part of bringing children to schools. Fortunately, almost all children are enrolled in schools but, unfortunately, many drops out before passing the primary level. The transition from primary to secondary is low. The quality of education remains a major issue. BRAC is experimenting new ways of financing primary and secondary education. We are also in the forefront of using modern technology in classrooms, and in instruction and this respect, we are working closely with the government. We are also experimenting new models of delivering early childhood education from birth to age 5. The BRAC University has already become a major destination for the new generation. It is one of the top universities in the private sector. In a recent rating, BRAC University is third in Bangladesh after Dhaka University and BUET. The University’s School of Public Health is attracting students from over 25 countries of all the continents.
What is the future of prospect of the Bangladesh economy? 
Like most Bangladeshis, I am very optimistic about the future of Bangladesh. The poverty situation has improved significantly – proportion of population poor has declined from about 60% in the 1980s to less than a quarter now. This, however, means that 40 million of our citizens are still poor by any standard! This is unacceptable. The recent HIES released by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics shows some alarming trend. The gap between the rich and poor is growing very fast. In 2010, the poorest five percent of the population had 0.78% of the national income, which has now reduced to 0.23%. On the other hand, the share of the wealthiest five percent population has increased from 24.6% to 27.9%. There is no alternative to shared growth.


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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 message:
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?

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 bkash ...)
2 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
so 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-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 dryden) 

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 next fall

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.
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- how do we map most trusted partners in sustainable world's favorite curriculum?
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breaking news: brac massive scale up girls education
brac dev
brac human rights

BRAC US (global fundraising)

brac at twitter
Beyond Boundaries: videos youth workers 
by value chain
schools, open edu  ; missing curricula : eg financial literacy ; CommunityLearningC
banking, investments by an for those with greatest sustainability challenges:
1 cashless banking -bkash  inno
microfinance+ banking
3 urban regen banking  brac bank 1  2
brac disaster relief
rice  2
crops  -seeds
safety and bottom-up professions (ending exponentialexternalisation of risk)
brac theatre
makers markets -Aarong 65000 artisans (85% women)

.by urgent location or issue partners
Uganda- BRAC's fastest scaling partners Lab in Africa with Mastercardfoundation & ...
Gates Foundation and DFID prioritise development of Tanzania with BRAC
George Soros prioritises development of Liberia
BRAC internet - partners Japan-US-Bangla
MyBrac beta with Duke U
World Bank prioritises Ultra Poor collaboration networking
brac's home web 1 2 3 4
fan web of sir fazle abed

...can you help us word a question that BRAC's 30 million end-poverty families have either an answer to or are partnering in (MOOC)  massinve open online collaboration to?help welcome washington dc- usa=1  301 881 1655
- how can a quiz of  Bangladesh and BRAC's 45 years exponential action learning curves and partners aropund the world become the most  exciting map for empowering 3 billion millennials and their elearning satellite on the journey:
#2030now - end poverty and under-employment everywhere
#2015now partners - eg  worldbank tedx 
parallel resources to this web -oartbers in publishing world record games of ob creation
YouthCreativeLab ...

editorial queries february 2015
few main concerns

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 abed

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!!!!

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 


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 

In this context, here's a summary of our favorite learnings from BRAC so far - we'd love to hear yours washington dc 301 881 1655 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

Along with 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 washington dc 301 881 1655

breaking news: brac massive scale up girls education
brac dev
brac human rights

BRAC US (global fundraising)

brac at twitter
Beyond Boundaries: videos youth workers 
by value chain
schools, open edu  ; missing curricula : eg financial literacy ; CommunityLearningC
banking, investments by an for those with greatest sustainability challenges:
1 cashless banking -bkash  inno
microfinance+ banking
3 urban regen banking  brac bank 1  2
brac disaster relief
safety and bottom-up professions (ending exponentialexternalisation of risk)
brac theatre
makers markets -Aarong 65000 artisans (85% women)

.by urgent location or issue partners
Uganda- BRAC's fastest scaling partners Lab in Africa with Mastercardfoundation & ...
Gates Foundation and DFID prioritise development of Tanzania with BRAC
George Soros prioritises development of Liberia
BRAC internet - partners Japan-US-Bangla
MyBrac beta with Duke U
Wolrd Bank prioritses Ultra Poor collaboration networking
brac's home web 1 2 3 4
fan web of sir fazle abed


brac -top 100 pro-youth video

Is there any organisation in the world worth more for youth to action learn with than BRAC  with special thanks to Sir Fazle Abed, George Soros and Budapest Central European University Class of 2013
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 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
knowledgentworkingage.jpg...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 - 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.
 ;Most exciting cuuriculum in world of 2013?

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 
System transformation Movements started up in 1972
  • BRAC
  • Entrepreneurial Revolution dialogues hosted at The Economist searching for leaders of 2010s =worldwide youth's most productive and sustainable time
recent notes from The Economist on BRAC as number 1 value multiplying network
BRAC Foundation Structure 1
Village organisation as value multiplying hub
Beyond illiteracy training
Paulo Friere
Bottom-Up Professionals
Compare with Gandhi-Einstein's story
Bottom-Up Disaster Relief
Microbanking mainly for redesigned agricultural chains
Adolescent clubs preparing for productive lifetimes
Mapping Value Chains
Non-formal Primary schoolingVillage para-health workers
Village Microfranchising
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
Opentech everything- empowers bottom up professionals with mobile apps and by connecting when expert advice needed
Post 2015 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


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.
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Our advice to worldwide youth linked by the goals of  - 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 or http:/ or if you wish I willspend 10 minutes trying to guide you round - rsvp either by skype chrismacraedc or email 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 and with Sainsbury family at 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 Poor Countries

Outdated 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  

BRAC representatives from 12 countries gather on stage at the organization's 40th anniversary celebrations in Dhaka
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.”
Notes on Hasan family linked by wikipedia bio of sir fazle abed
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.
Nahid Hasan: Director of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association. Celebrated businesswoman of Bangladesh.
Tamara Abed: Head of Aarong, a retail enterprise

..................................................................... Fairness challenge from first global education 'laureate'

By Sean Coughlan BBC News education correspondent
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.
The inaugural 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".
Equal chances
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.
Brac school in South Sudan First day at school in a BRAC project in Manderia village in Torid, South Sudan
But 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 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.
"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".
Life changing
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 receiving WISE Prize Sir Fazle Hasan Abed was awarded the inaugural WISE Prize for international education
"Many 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.
It's 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.
Missed goals
But big international promises, played out under the photographs and rhetoric of summits, can also turn out to be hollow.
Gordon Brown speaking in Doha, Qatar Gordon Brown issued a call for a "global education fund" at the summit in Qatar
Gordon 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.
But he 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.
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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 301 881 1655, chris.macrae AT
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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.
We hope we have found a way to share with youth around the world the exciting intrapreneurial energy that Grameen generates day in day out
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.
If anyone has ideas how we can do something similar for BRAC, I'd love to hear of them
Chris Macrae Washington DC bureau us tel 301 881 1655
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 businessesUntil 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.