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programs so we can finally eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth. Admittedly, in the words of BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, “asking policymakers to invest in optimism and self-worth may sound like a vague, soft-hearted appeal.”38 It is anything but that, thanks to the emerging science of hope. When combined with the right amount of material support, an injection of hope and self-esteem can break the poverty trap for millions. 38. Fazle Hasan Abed, “Building Human Capital Means Investing in the Science of Hope,” Thomson Reuters Foundation, October 17, 2018 ( http://news.trust.org/item/20181017120852-ak1io/ )