RAISING >2 BILLION HUMANS INTELLIGENCES BY 25 YEARS. After helping with recovery 1970 cyclone killing half a million of his compatriots, Fazle Abed was nearly assassinated by his employer Royal Dutch Shell and the Pakistani army. Fortunately he spent his remaining 50 years celebrating intelligence development of the poorest 2 billion parents notably growth of 1billiongirls. For over quarter of a century all networking was done by word of mouth and sight of book because in Asia 20th c village life still meant no access to electricity grids or telephone lines. Fortunately both Computing Whizs Jobs & Gates were both partly dis-satisfied with western apps of pc networks which they had begun in 1984. Around 2001 they both hosted silicon valley 65th birthday wish parties for Abed as global village tech envoy. Partners in life critical challenges had begun to bring abed's village mothers solar and mobile to co-create with. Abed changed the way Jobs saw tech futures of education (see ) and how Gates saw global health fund foundations and overall the valley's university stanford started to see as far as intelligence of Women and Youth goes the most life critical knowhow for 2 billion humans wasnt directly measurable in 90 day monetary flows; it was measurable in increased life expectancy by over 25 years during Abed's community servant leadership. Probably the greatest lift in intelligence until celebrations of what Fei-Fei Li opened the worlds eyes to in 2012, and Melinda Gates and Nvidia's Jensen Huang were first to helped AIforall lift since 2014.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

 Building bKash: Enabling an inclusive digital financial ecosystem in Bangladesh


April 26, 2023 | 12 - 12:30am EDT

How can technology help people in the margins? The quest to find answers led Kamal Quadir to start bKash, the fintech solution that is now synonymous with digital payments in Bangladesh. Valued at two billion dollars, bKash is backed by global giants such as the Ant Group of Ali Baba, the SoftBank Vision Fund, the International Finance Corporation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Until Mobile Financial Services started to be offered in 2011, millions of Bangladeshis with small transaction capacity could not access services offered by traditional brick and mortar banks. Leveraging the network effect of Bangladesh’s ubiquitous mobile infrastructure, and a robust network of over 330 thousand agents trained to serve as “human ATMs”, bKash, today, is making financial services accessible to people with even the most basic cell phones. It has created an inclusive digital financial ecosystem offering utility payments for rural electricity, a wage solution for factory workers, remittance transfer for migrant workers, and other services like digital nano loans, small savings, and insurance plans. How did bKash become a financial lifeline for millions of the previously unbanked? Join us at #GDDF2023 to find out…

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