INTRO -Valuation of the G-decades as humanity’s most exciting time begins with gordon moore’s 1965 promise that electronic engineers would multiply communications tech by 100 fold each G decade. That’s a trillion times moore coms tech for humans to linking by 2030 than the moon race of the 1960s. By 1972 Silicon Valley was named after Moore’s silicon chip- the first 2 supertowns of the valley were connected – intel’s santa clara and Stanford U’s palo alto. Becoming an alumni of the G-decades started here for hi-tech entrepreneurial revolutionaries and on the other side of the world in brac bangladesh for the most human of girl empowerment networkers – see Fazle Abed’s and quarter billion girls travels through the G-decades finally united the likes of Bill Gates and Jack Ma in sdg worlds largest NGO partnership=== may 2019 update
0G Fazle Abed: Almost nowhere on earth had less “G” communications technology (but more potential for bottom-up family networking) than the villages of East Pakistan 1970, relaunched as the new nation of Bangladesh in 1971. Yet it was out of girl empowerment village hubs of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee , 1972, that Fazle Abed alumni linked in 4 great community-centric livelihood curriculum HeRD (Health “e” Rice Disaster) as well as the exponential rising of inter-generational investment processes of village banking and education. Microeconomics Reality for the unprecedented 60 year race to SDGs (1970-2030).
Over a billion girls’ livelihoods have been changed for the better by those who understand and cooperatively replicate and contextually accelerate the knowhow of Fazle Abed . 3 critical timelines of Moore’s G-era show how both China and Bangladeshi women leapt ahead because they needed an Entrepreneurial Revolution solutions in common.
Alumni of Abed at the Bangladesh Rural Advancement committee crisscrossed with the corporate executive world of Shell Oil 1970 and the girls lift up half the sky of rural China particularly that southern region which would be contiguous with Bangladesh if it wasn’t for the geographically illogical partitioning of borders left behind by the English when they hurriedly ceded independence to South Asia in 1948.
In terms of career meaning, founding BRAC was a case of 3rd time lucky for Fazle Abed who had left his country (then called East Pakistan) as a teen to study shipping architecture at Adam Smith’s Glasgow University of the mid 1950s. This gave him the blueprint mapping skills that engineering and architects use to communicate but not a career pathway out of Britain 1960. So, he decided to return to the family profession of Chartered Accounting, and succeeding in this he became the CEO for Shell in East Pakistan. That was where a cyclone hit part of the country, he was located in, killing half a million people leaving only pieces of Shell’s infrastructure standing. So, bottom up disaster relief came naturally to Fazle Abed as for 6 months he worked night and day helping villagers do this.. He also realized through this experience that Giving Directly (what 21st c world bankers call conditional cash transfer) to people who already were embedded in the community could be a very different financial model than western top down relief where charities fly in experts but by funding dictate must leave before relief turns into development.
Famine was the other massively dramatic killer in the region- fortunately applying the green revolution to rice science could bring food security to communities and village mothers with many children to feed were only too happy to help grow more rice than had ever been seen before. But maternal and infant health was still so bad in rural Bangladesh of the 1970s that one out of 4 infants died of diarrhea – training village mothers up to make a living as basic para health servants who built a rural health service completed three-in-one value chains of HRD. Rural China of the 1970s was discovering the same needs – evidenced by its famed barefoot medics and the accident of how rural capitalism was first invented in China by a rice producing village cooperative. WE can see clearly now why poorest Bangladesh and Chinese village women need action learning networks round the same skillsets to develop family and community.
China 1975 – no non-state companies
China 1976- Diaspora invited to inward invest with possibility of incorporation – all other corporate forms remain illegal
China 1978 – one village rice cooperative decides to redesign round 16 family companies which will look after whichever ones are banished as illegal- they are instantly so much more productive that instead of being imprisoned as outlaws these villagers became the model for China’s rural Keynesianism
To understand how Fazle Abed empowered village women to develop the world’s largest and poorest nation born in the 1970s- you need to share his relentless questioning of value chains at 4 levels. For the first 7 years of developing BRAC he located himself in one village region mapping over 20 livelihood and training micro franchises. From one region to 200000 villages was the second value chain to map. Third, what national market leadership could be owned in trust by village women. Fourth, what global (PGP- Public-Girls-Private) partnerships model could enable financial aid and education systems to leapfrom ahead of each G
AT BRAC The first quarter of a century of village development was done entirely through person to person networking – there was no access to electricity grids nor telecoms. From 1996 to 2010 G2 partnerships came to the Bangladesh villages initially with investors around Muhammad Yunus. This was the most critical period for deciding what national level value chains to integrate around brac (and Capital City of Dhaka) as a worldwide platform for womens sdg leadership.
By 2010 Brac had attracted the largest NGO partnership in the world by prioritizing very different ways to transform through the era of 0G to 2G and worldwide partnership development than Muhammad Yunus. As technologists turned to 3G and 4G note exactly how BRAC became the best partner of the quadirs at MIT and their collaboration including knowhow of coders in Kenya (see Ibrahim and Hughes) became the map for banking for the billion poorest shared celebrated with the likes of Gates Foundation and Jack Ma by 2018. Fazle Abed received the worlds first education laureate at WISE – bangladesh village women had developed the SDG era’s benchmark case of beyond the classroom education. They had launched a university (Brac U) like no other and had integrated the most manual of financial service systems with the ultra poverty alleviation fintech model.
New Development banking for infrastructure can be great (entrepreneurially happy and free) for the 60+% of the world that live in Asia but only if and only if you continuously ground the action learning curricula of rural girls empowerment
Singing words of wisdom let H”e”RD BE
H”e”RD-BE= Health.=“e” Rice Disaster- Banking Education
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