20th century intelligence - ending poverty of half world without electricity -although Keynes 1936 (last capter general theiry money inetrest emplymen) asked Economists to take hipocrati oath as the profession that ended extreme poverty, most economists did the opposite. Whats not understandable is how educatirs failed to catalogue the lessons of the handful who bottom-up empowered vilages to collaboratively end poverty. There are mainly 2 inteligences to understand- Borlaug on food; fazle abed on everything that raised life expectancy in tropical viage asia from low 40s to 60s (about 7 below norm of living with electricity and telecomes). Between 1972 and 2001, Abed's lessons catalogued in this mooc had largelu built the nation of Bangladesh and been replicated with help of Unicef's James Grant acroo most tropical asian areas. What's exciting is the valley's mr ad mrs steve jobs invted Fazle Abed to share inteligences 2001 at his 65th birthday party. The Jobs and frineds promised to integrate abed's inteligence into neighborhod university stanfrd which in any event wanted Jobs next great leap the iphone. The Valley told abed to start a university so that women graduates from poor and rich nations could blend inteligence as Abed's bottom of the pyramid vilage began their journey of leapfrog modles now that gridd infarstructures were ni longer needed for sdiar and mobile. Abed could also help redesign the millennium goals which were being greenwashed into a shared worldwide system coding frame by 2016. There re at Abed's 80th birtday party , the easy bitwas checking this mooc was uptodate. The hard bit - what did Abed mean by his wish to headhunt a taiwanese american to head the university's 3rd decade starting 2020?

Wednesday, February 22, 2023


Canada's veteran economic development expert ian smillie observes- no organisation has leapt forwaed empowering humanity as often as brac during sir fazle abed's 50 years - do you have a vfavorite leapfrog tear - how about 2009? There were probably 5 occasions when brac double in staff size literally by adding a whole new wing of support- in its first 7 years it designed microfrachsie busineses so that wmen could lead 3 by 100000 people communities oit of starvation; around 1980 it started nationwide traimning of mothers both on oral rehydration which they themselves were to deliver to inafants and with that trust earned achieving a nationwide innocultaion program in recod speed and low cost; by the time vilage mothers were moving beyong the poverty line, they asked brac to build 40000 primary schools -a nd all this during 25 years when vilages meant no access to electricuty - networking was by word of mouth or nonce literacy wss built by printed word

FROM 1995 partners brought brac mobile and solar - so which was the greatest leap forwadd year of all - we'd kike to hear from you chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk - how about the extrordinary 2009- even while the western world was drowning in subprime, alumni of abed were changing every possibility of girls lives

Going through my notes 2009 was a pivotal year in bangladesh. Brac Annual report 2009 is fascinating http://www.brac.net/sites/default/files/Annual-Report-2009/brac-ar-2009-programme-update.pdf. on page 28 scaling of brac's WASH WAterSanitation HYgiene was taking off - sanitation facilities built in 1000 schools , cost 1000 dollar / school 40% paid for by school. At that time Brac was main contributor to Unicef's 2nd Global Handwashing Day october 15 london school of hygiene & tropical medicine has been a consistent supporter https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/news/2021/lshtm-expertise-helps-global-handwashing-campaign-reach-billion-people 2009 was the first year that i invited 2 directors of brac to dr yunus 69th birthday party. I now realise this was the year when brac designed purple as its global branding - no small matter now that is the most recognisable id in bangladesh thanks to bkash icon serving the mosy populous cashless bank in the world https://www.google.com/search?q=nbkash+icon During 2009 Abed became the favorite of the 3 royals who knew most about Empires poverty traps across Asia : namely, Japan UK Netherlands. Prince Charles selected Abed for a knighthood. The Netherlands agreed to be Brac Global's HQ. www.abedmooc.com

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