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how to build health, education, banking services from nothing

starting with no infrastructure and no money and endemic illiteracy and disease, how did BRAC villager networks around Sir Fazle ABED

build rural health service?

build education

build banking networks?

build valuetruemaps securing food's value webs , water and safe-for-children communities? 

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 (no infrastructure such as electricity, running water, communications from roads to telecoms)


From 1972 BRAC's Sir Fazle Abed started linking together grassroots community solution networks.


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Out of India: the story of Babai Sathe who transformed from being an untouchable illiterate into childhood  into a trusted village doctor of maternal and infant health also mirrors the health service that BRAC built from 1972 , which was soon to be linked into building education, banking and agricultural markets so that the poorest village families in the world could network to end poverty.

BRAC's first massive villager network was able to scale  50000 village para-health networkers due to the need to combat the tragedy of one in 5 infants dying of diarrhea. Fortunately, oral rehydration a cure in the form of educating mothers to mix boiled water , sugar and salts in the right proportions had been discovered. So BRAC sought donor funds for this training to be taken to every vilage. In the process it was discovered that there was a permanent need and sustainable small business for those willing to serve the communities most other basic illnesses in ways that BRAC could coordinate the training network around. In effect the modern world's first microlending network emerged because of the need to provide the training and seed funds to replicate the mkicrofranchsie of para health worker across 50000 village locations

Over the years BRAC has become a world knowledge linking centre for most effective ways of serving all major diseases specific to raising life expectancies in rural areas. Its university also hosts the annual world class curriculum of James Grant School of Medicine

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Health has always been pivotal to Soros and Gorbachev's aim of valuing open society everywhere especially out of their renewed nations : Russia and its West. Gorbachev also co-founded Nobel Peace laureate summits wishing for youth to value how peace and health generate strong economies not vice versa.

2013 Soros (university of central europe in Budapest) celebrates 20th Anniversary of Open Society awards with Sir Fazle Abed (20th laureate) and Paul Farmer whose hot news is on Haiti's medical training hospital will soon be the the open university of medics for the poor -  see latest updates on gthis at commencement week of UN 2014-2015

similarities Abed and Farmer:

Both have helped build rural health from scratch (Abed Bangladesh: Farmer Haiti and the new Rwanda); oral rehydration community service networkers being a foundation movement as both linked in infant and maternal care as a start; both are valued by Soros the current world's most daring advocate of open society needing to rethink economics from the bottom-up ( as well as in his youth one of those to profit most from governments pretending they can rule over currencies)

Both BRAC and PIH have reputations second to none as delivering to funding partners. However both confide that while funder satisfactuon is absolutely critical, connecting every project to leave behind empowerment capacity in the village is the extra creative focus they spend night and day designing into service and learning networks.

Unlike Sir Fazle Abed, Paul Farmer's day job is at Boston's Brigham Womens Hospital, and he co-founded Partners in Health with Jim Kim (now desperate to see a new world bank that millennial so can trust- starting with getting his friend michael porter to help remap every health care value chain that is spinning away from sustaining accessibility to affordable health for all) With Berners Lee also in Boston, its unique;y energised by open tech resources and with as highly educated/connected milennials concerned for the future of medicine humanity needs most

Unlike Paul Farmer, Sir Fazle launched a university - probably no practice area has as flagship faculty as the James Grant School of Public Health curriculum. In less than 2 years, Sal Khan has made his academy the most viewed health resource in elearning - Khan values searches for peer to peer teachers of health's most actionable 7 minute learning modules second only to mathematics as an urgent curriculum to link worldwide youth. Everywhere that open experiments in community broadband are sustained, telemedicine appears as number 1 living app. This focal opportunity mirrors first experiments women villagers made with mobile phones in bangladesh 1996. Today Women4Empowerment searches the world for ways to connect those with greatest tech resources with grassroots networkers in most desperate need of community health services (valuing Sir Fazle's 3 classical E's of Effective, Efficient, Expandable)

Integrate these leaders and you will be ready to debate how the gamechanger of the free nursing college could create half a billion jobs for girls and save any nation from bankruptcy that has sinced 1984 been spiralling health services into ever greater costs and ever less accessibility-for-all - not a smart open learning way to design the internet nor to value the net generation's life and times

How did BRAC develop the world's most productive primary school system out of the Bangladeshi villages. Scaling 40000 schools?! At least 3 vocational inspirations are evident:

Gandhi-Montessori Village Schooling

Paulo Freire's mindset  that Sir Fazle ad already used in programs combatting adult illiteracy

The  experience of training up 50000 para-health village microfranchise. This built on peer to peer support systems and the qualities that practical apprenticeship system value. Fortunately the basic disease responsibilities pf para-health practitioners primnaril requite action-learning not academic bookwork (see the story of  Babai Stahe ...)

Intriguingly one of the ways that BRAC controled the costs of developing the schooling system was developing its own content publishing processes and teacher training

How did bank design the most effective microfinance and banking systems

The vast majority of microfinance loans made by BRAC Bangladesh were to villagers who took up microfranchises which BRAC had designed into its transformation of (while market ) value chains so that every job in the value chain offered a decent livelihood.

It is notable that before BRAC introduced microfinance it was already deeply embedded  with village service networks of health services and education. 

BRAC has been sharing knowledge on responsible practices and regulations of banking from the start of its involvement in financial service - one result of this today is the global association of banks with values

One of BRACS signature curricula at primary schools level is operating the national  franchise of Aflatoun's financial literacy curriculum - ( an action learning program that was itself invented out of an Indian orphanage)

BRAC Bangladesh has a unique sense of timing opportunities to transform markets around poverty alleviation . Note how it chose optimal moments in the post-mobile development of Bangladesh to develop BRAC bank and cashless banking ( ). Note how BRAC values learning with the world's most relevant partners:

its technology wizards  of bkash are part of the MIT and Mpesa technology fanilies

Major partners of BRAC in Africa are mastercard foundation and Gates Foundation - both of whom have skills in electronic finacial services

There are 2 main kinds of market failures that impact livelihoods ( in tragically wasteful ways such as poverty and youth joblessness)

1 a market for a service doesnt exist at all - as we saw BRAC needed to reconcile in terms of building rural health service in the new nation of bangladesh

2 a market's value chain is dominated by organisations that do not care about sustainability of  livelihoods ( of poorest, or in some cases which forms of globalisation have worsened of anyone with skills relevant to the sector)

3 It shouldnt surprise us that brac crop science experts haver over the years attracted those with the most knowhow for adapting the crop to sustainable livelehoods. So with rice being the most vital of all crops , no surprise that Mahabub Hossain is trusted by peer experts as a world knowhow leader

When small rural producers in foods markets are trapped in poverty, BRAC's solution was to redesign the whole value chain, It did this for poultry and dairy- and many vegetable crops.  In many cases this meant becoming a leader of the whole market chain which it redesigned around maximum sustainability of livelihoods matched serving end customer needs. In other words it minimised the costs of middle men and ensured that producers had an affordable market channel (one that BRAC owned not to profiteer each cycle but to sustain the sorts of jobs that can end poverty)

Typically BRAC's social enterprises are cases of leading a whole value chain. The director of social enterprises is not only a critical strategic job but must resonate with the DNA of the whole of BRAC branding. For example, some areas of Bangladesh's nationwide chilling stations connecting its milk market cant make a profit even though the individual workers are working as hard as those in other areas. BRAC is prepared to use a model which cross-subisidises areas because the goal is not profit maximisasatuin but job sustainability maximisation.

In JIm KIm's 2030 now maps for racing to end poverty, the idea of redesigning whole value chains has become absolutelly essential.

Furthermore Kim's life experience in health enables him unlike any previous world bank leader to gain 100% awareness of facts like the first 1000 days of infant nutrition are critical not just to health but whether the brain develops fully. When you look back at history's greatest famines- its seldom that there hasnt been enoigh food somewhere in the region, it has been first and foremost a local distribution (including infrastructure and so political)  problem. Until the obama administration, food security and value chains were not common parlance in washington DC (at least since 1996 since which time I have reported out of DC more than any other capital).

If obama has only has one successful legacy, foreign assistance on food security is probably what the world would most like to cheer USA for. Better yet if USA and China could agree on one thing that its a complete win-win , maybe its mobilising big data sets on crops to maximise small crop producers livelihood- at least on crops like rice where scale is not a primary advantage. This goes back to my fathers most cheerful chart in the world in his survey on the ascent of china as number 1 nation back in The Economist of 1976!

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can shenzhen show how smart manufacturing jobs dont compete with sustainable communities they collaborate with them -can hpng kong arrange daytrips to the mainland for financial mivestors to understand the future of sdg economic zones


1 Investing in Girls Sustainability Goals
1.1 BRAC -how to build 100 million person rural health service with a 20 million dollar loan and girl empowerment other most amazing stories of the world's largest NGO- join the week long celebration between academic alumni of jack ma and girl empowerment epicenttre BRAC 30 sept 2018 - queries 

1.2 BKASH 3 since april jack ma has taken 20% partnership 
1.3 China Capitalism (CC)
1.4 Project Everyone
2 ValuingYouth
2.1 partners of 7 billion peoples' S-goals-Goal 17
2.2 end poverty -Goal 1
2.3 end hunger - Goal 2
2.4 healthy, lives - Goal 3
2.5 Quality Education - Goal 4
2.6 Gender Equality -Goal 5

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Entrepreneurial Revolution - an investigation started at The Economist in the 1970s as to whether intergenerational investments in future systems would empower the net generation to be exponentially sustainable. Surveys of the next 40 years asked questions of 2015-2025 such as:

Would the global financial system be designed to sustain or collapse local communities?

Would 2015-2025 be the under 30s most exciting and productive time to be alive as they linked in sustainability of the human race.  Would the parts of the Western hemisphere that advanced the industrial revolution's empires demand that its politicians, professions and academics "happily get out of the way of the sustainability generation being led by the half of youth living within 3000 miles of Beijing"?

POP -Preferential Option Poor

Would every community's most trusted practitioners be educator, health servant and banker.

What would be the top 50 MOOCS that freed access  of action learning of sustainability goals as worldwide youth's most joyful collaboration through way above zero-sum models of wporldsocialtrade? This web makes the cases that the Abed family needs to be youth's number 1 hero to MOOC with - we always love to hear who your vote for number 1 MOOC is -text usa 240 316 8157 family of unacknowledged giant


100 links to BRAC

wanted - ideas on how anywhere could unite in celebrating good news of collaborating with brac

tools worth a look

help worldwide youth  networks action learn how curriculum of BRAC makes one of top 10 networks for womens livelihoods

defining question of our life and times-can online education end youth unemployment for ever ? yes but only if you help map how!

youth world of 2013 most exciting curriculum??


top 30 twelve minutes presentations


1 the billion girl club - how the first billion teenage girls of the 21st century mentored each other in learning a living, and regenerating all 4 hemispheres

2 how open technologists helped nursing to become the most trusted grassroots information networkof the 21st century, and saved the affordability of healthcare and nutritition for everyone

3 how community clean energy microfranchises became the number 1 educational curriculum that the chinese authorities invited the world to co-blog

more coming soon

4 cashless bank-a-billion -a project of the global banks with values network

5 orphanage networks as the world's most inspired jobs agency network and home of financial literacy mooc

6 bottom-up EAgri: designing a collaboration portal on the top 30 crops that need to be mobilised by local value chain maps so that hard working nutrition workers are sustainable however small their farming assets and however variable a particular season's climate

7 what do BRAC's barefoot professionals linkin so that village organisations are collaboratively resilient whatever nature-made or man-made disasters popup


Special child health, nutrition, family and educational development series:

*The First 1000 Days



*Choices to make the first 2 years after primary

BRAC has more staff grounded round the child and parent-eye view of these challenges in the poorest communities than anyone else. Their collaboration knowhow is as valuable as body of knowhow that I have come across in studying societies' value multiplying needs in over 40 countries

Ideas on freeing media to cenebrate the pro-youth economic models which richest need to learn from poorest to genenerate the:

  • next billion green jobs
  • next billion family/community sustaining jobs
  • next billion open technology jobs most worthy of our borderless and interconnected futures


contribute to survey of world's other favorite moocs-40th annual top 10 league table

  • 1) e-ME
  • 2) 6 week tour of grameen curriculum and uniting human race to poverty museums
  • 3) 6 week tour of brac curriculum and mapping microeducation summit for post 2015 milennium goals

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  • 4) 6 week tour of africa's free university and entrepreneurial slums
  • 5 what to do now for green energy to save the world in time
  • 6 nurses as 21st world's favorite information grassroots networkers and most economical cheerleaders more



  • 7 how food security as a mising curricululum of middle schools can co-create more jobs than any nation can dream of
  • 8 pro-youth economics and public servants
  • 9 celebrating china as number 1 creditor nation
  • 10 questions worldwide youth are asking about what was true last decade but false this decade because that's what living in the most innovative era means



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