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Sunday, June 19, 2016

GlobalYouth partnership office in beijing

if the rather ugly 20th c practices of branding were cancelled and all brands reputation had to start from scratch in terms of leadership trustmarks there is little doubt that smart youth would quickly link round brac as the most valuable brand partner with  their sustainability goals world - so obviouisly we need to seed its presence in beijing now 

but then i cant speak chinese

it would make sense for brac to have a learning hub in beijing (not a full time office but one that could answer questions when leaders or sincere youth asked them, and one that organise leadsers quests to and from brac) -it has something similar in the netherlands

lets suppose someone is going to start that good news office up so that when chinese need brac knowledge its readily accessible - the question becomes do you two (A & Y) believe in brac enough to want to ask for that- what more experience of brac do you need to answer that question

 long term brac should be more important to chinese foreign relations and mutual trade than most of the nations in the region- its just we live in an in-between era when people are muddled as to what a leading national identity is for- if its not about youths future livelihoods what is the purpose of place leadership that global youth should trust?

it could be that if we ask sir fazle abed's son to join the boardroom structure of amy's global community of youth networks proposed by nancy and kevin then one of the first youth projects is working out what the virtual and real aspects of a brac partnerships office in china needs to involve and finding which is the fisrt corporate funding partner of that - why wouldnt one ask ali baba if they wanted to be the first chinese corporate partner of brac 

now there is something i am missing- what i dont know is whether eg Y has a mentor from tsinghua that she feels she needs ; i dont really think we need any such strategist because we are talking about youth-led ngos of the future and we have buckets of advisers around you two if you need them but not chinese ones

there is a very clear synergy between brac's stepping stone in beijing and the one the british council wants - since by far the largest investor over time in brac is british aid; whether or not britain exits europe, britain actually wants chiense relationships now- i cant believe i would have any visa problems in making this case out of london - so lets hope nancy's and kevins usa visa research goes well in next 10 days otherwise lets take the same type of model and do it out of london unless amys friends in usa have some other card to play 

chris macrae
Fazle Hasan Abed has built one of the world's mostcommercially-minded and successful NGOs;
Smiling and dapperFazle Hasan Abed hardly seemslike a revolutionaryA Bangladeshi educated inBritainan admirer of Shakespeare and Joyceand aformer accountant at Shellhe is the son of a distinguished familyhis maternal grandfatherwas a minister in the colonial government of Bengala great-uncle was the first Bengali to servein the governor of Bengal's executive councilThis week he received a very traditionaldistinction of his owna knighthoodYet the organisation he foundedand for which hisknighthood is a gong of respecthas probably done more than any single body to upend thetraditions of misery and poverty in BangladeshCalled BRACit is by most measures thelargestfastest-growing non-governmental organisation (NGOin the worldand one of themost businesslike.
Although Mohammed Yunus won the Nobel peace prize in 2006 for helping the poorhisGrameen Bank was neither the first nor the largest microfinance lender in his nativeBangladeshBRAC wasIts microfinance operation disburses about $1 billion a yearBut this isonly part of what it doesit is also an internet-service providerit has a universityits primaryschools educate 11% of Bangladesh's childrenIt runs feed millschicken farmstea plantationsand packaging factoriesBRAC has shown that NGOs do not need to be small and that a little-known institution from a poor country can outgun famous Western charitiesIn a book onBRAC entitled “Freedom from Want”, Ian Smillie calls it “undoubtedly the largest and mostvariegated social experiment in the developing worldThe spread of its work dwarfs anyother privategovernment or non-profit enterprise in its impact on development.”
None of this seemed likely in 1970, when Sir Fazle turned Shell's offices in Chittagong into arefuge for victims of a deadly cycloneBRACwhich started as an acronymBangladeshRehabilitation Assistance Committeeand became a motto, “building resources acrosscommunities”—surmounted its early troubles by combining two things that rarely go together:running an NGO as a business and taking seriously the social context of poverty.
BRAC earns from its operations about 80% of the money it disburses to the poor (theremainder is aidmostly from Western donors). It calls a halt to activities that require endlesssubsidiesAt one pointit even tried financing itself from the tiny savings of the poor (ienoaid at all), though this drastic form of self-help proved a step too farhardly any lenders orborrowers put themselves forwardFrom the startSir Fazle insisted on brutal honesty aboutresultsBRAC pays far more attention to research and “continuous learning” than do mostNGOsDavid Kortenauthor of “When Corporations Rule the World”, called it “as near to a pureexample of a learning organisation as one is likely to find.”
What makes BRAC unique is its combination of business methods with a particular view ofpovertyPoverty is often regarded primarily as an economic problem which can be alleviated bysending moneyInfluenced by three “liberation thinkers” fashionable in the 1960sFrantzFanonPaulo Freire and Ivan IllichSir Fazle recognised that poverty in Bangladeshi villages isalso a result of rigid social stratificationIn these circumstances, “community developmentwill help the rich more than the poorto change the povertyyou have to change the society.
That view might have pointed Sir Fazle towards left-wing politicsInsteadthe revolutionaryimpetus was channelled through BRAC into developmentWomen became the institution's focusbecause they are bottom of the heap and most in need of help: 70% of the children in BRACschools are girlsMicrofinance encourages the poor to save butunlike the Grameen BankBRACalso lends a lot to small companiesTiny loans may improve the lot of an individual or familybut are usually invested in traditional village enterpriseslike owning a cowSir Fazle's aim ofsocial change requires not growth (in the sense of more of the samebut development(meaning new and different activities). Only businesses create jobs and new forms ofproductive enterprise.
After 30 years in BangladeshBRAC has more or less perfected its way of doing things and isspreading its wings round the developing worldIt is already the biggest NGO in Afghanistan,Tanzania and Ugandaovertaking British charities which have been in the latter countries fordecadesComing from a poor countryand a Muslim oneto bootmeans it is less likely to beresented or called condescendingIts costs are lowertooit does not buy large white SUVs oremploy large white men.

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