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My next stop after Mumbai was Dhaka, Bangladesh. I flew to Kolkata (Calcutta) which is very close to Bangladesh and then took an older jet to Dhaka. I only spent 48 hours in Bangladesh, but they were jam packed hours.

George Hara: Public Interest Venture Capitalist

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Longtime Beneblog readers may remember my visit five years ago to Bangladesh, where I was able to visit and write about a cool tech social enterprise, bracNet. They were going to bring Bangladesh better wireless internet than exists in California, and they’ve done it. bracNet is one of these hybrid ventures, joining a majority for-profit ownership led by DEFTA Partners with BRAC , Bangladesh’s largest social enterprise organization.

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Benetech Analyzes Key Bangladeshi Human Rights Data

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In my recent blog postings, I documented personal impressions during my recent trip to Bangladesh. Romesh Silva, a statistician with Benetech's Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) , has provided key statistical analysis for a Human Rights Watch report issued this week documenting torture and unlawful killings by Bangladesh's Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism force.


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A very exciting part of my visit to Bangladesh was meeting with the team at bracNet, a for-profit internet company that is partially owned by BRAC. bracNet has so many possibilities in Bangladesh: will they be the Craigslist there? They are already off and working on a plan to bring WiMax (the wireless broadband standard) to all of Bangladesh, at the same time they are building commercial website capabilities.


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My primary destination in Bangladesh was to meet with BRAC , which is the world's largest NGO (nonprofit organization) with nearly 100,000 employees. Bangladesh is politically activated these days, with a major upcoming election and a lot of protests.

A Sneak Peak at Who Is Taking the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey

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Bangladesh 2.1%. Inspiring people to take online surveys is tough! We are grateful to the 3,573 people who have taken the 2018 Global Trends In Giving Survey thus far.

UNICEF honors George Harrison with a Month of Giving

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Forty years ago, George Harrison responded to a desperate situation in Bangladesh with a charitable concert featuring Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar, and more.

Women Ingenuity is Powering Solutions for the Digital Divide

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There are digital literacy trainings for women springing up in Bangladesh, Internet cafés for women opening doors in Argentina, and women leaders in Kenya prototyping mobile apps that send out alerts if a woman’s safety is threatened.

Vinod Sena in memoriam

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Just after returning from India and Bangladesh, I received word that one of my key contacts and hosts had suddenly passed away. Vinod Sena in memoriam I had a very unfortunate reminder of the fragile state of each human being this week.

Three Fabulous Conversations

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Conversation Three When I got back late to the hotel and stopped by the bar, I found the founders of Waste Concern of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Maqsood Sinha and Iftekhar Enayetullah getting a late dinner of sandwiches. They have expanded from Dhaka to at least ten cities, and are now wrestling with the right way to expand outside of Bangladesh. The WEF is all about having a critical mass of incredible people. This enables great conversations: the serendipity effect is huge.

Promise and Peril: Martus for Human Rights in Burma

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ND-Burma member groups regularly send observers, at great personal risk, across Burma’s borders with India, Bangladesh, Thailand and China. I recently had the pleasure of visiting one of our longtime Martus partners in Thailand, The Network for Human Rights Documentation – Burma ( ND-Burma ).

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Waste Concern

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Plus, they are expanding into other areas of sustainability work, such as solar powered water pumps in rural Bangladesh. People often ask me what is the benefit of being identified as a social entrepreneur? My answer is two things: it helps me raise money for Benetech and the people I meet who are also social entrepreneurs are my closest peers in the world. When I travel to new places, I always try to connect with other social entrepreneurs.

The Davos Blur

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Next, I went to the Social Entrepreneurs Corner (a space set aside for the SEs) and ended up talking in detail with Iftekhar of Waste Concern from Bangladesh about the idea they floated in the bar a couple days ago for software to help cities reduce their carbon footprint.

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Tech@State – Civil Society 2.0: Reflections on Networked Nonprofits and Free Agents

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Shawn Ahmed sent us a video from Bangladesh with his reflections on how nonprofits can work with Free Agents. Graphic Recording by OTH Consulting.

Davos Flavor

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Almost everyone here does something interesting, and you are more likely than not find a common interest with someone you would never would have a priori guessed would be passionate about human rights, or technology, or the political situation in Bangladesh, or environmental change, or. I hope to share a little of the flavor of Davos as we get into what's going on. Davos is a little mountain town in a valley with ski slopes on both sides.

And the Nobel Peace Prize Goes To.

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According to the organization's web site: The Grameen Bank provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral. With 2,226 branches, GB provides services in 71,371 villages, covering more than 100 percent of the total villages in Bangladesh. In the mid-70s, there was a famine in Bangladesh while Professor Yanus was the Head of the Rural Economics Program at the University of Chittagong.

Storymakers 2014: Meet Our Esteemed Judges

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Mikey has published two books, including the Bradt Travel Guide to Bangladesh. He also founded the Positive Light project, a crowdsourced and crowdfunded photography project and coffee table photo book that is changing the way the world sees Bangladesh.

First day in Davos

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There are roughly thirty social entrepreneurs here at the Forum, headlined by such famous leading SEs as Muhammad Yunus and Fazle Abed of Bangladesh. I’m joining many other social entrepreneurs on our journey to Davos, home of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum.

Research Friday: The Functions of Government in Social Entrepreneurship

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Across the globe there are many recent and well-known cases of social entrepreneurship that follow this pattern of independent sector or civil society working with government, such as Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen family of ventures and Fazle Abed’s BRAC in Bangladesh. posted by.

450 Email Subject Lines From End of Year Fundraising

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Breaking: PETA Exposes Hell for Animals and Children in Bangladesh. For several years now, January 1st not only means the beginning of the New Year, but also an opportunity to look at trends in year-end fundraising emails from nonprofit organizations.

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How Nonprofits Can Navigate the New Media Landscape


For example, during the one-year anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, an example of a good op-ed could discuss this issue from a local''s point of view.

NetCentric Advocacy: Connectivity is Productivity:

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His own experience as a child in Bangladesh and later a banker in New York brought him to realize that "connectivity is productivity" -- and that a simple cell phone has enormous power. His own experience as a child in Bangladesh and later a banker in New York brought him to realize that "connectivity is productivity" -- and that a simple cell phone has enormous power. NetCentric Advocacy Advocacy Strategy for the Age of Connectivity.

Youth Programs Benefit from Microsoft Donations

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This charity also has offices in India , Nepal , and Tanzania operates its own projects and supports partners in Tanzania, India, and Nepal and works on behalf of children in places like the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Cambodia, China, and Bangladesh.

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Association Social Media: International Reading Association


People who advocate for literacy and provide professional development to literacy educators in places like Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, and Bangladesh.

President's Update

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For example, I'm planning on going to India and Bangladesh next month for the first time, and to Uganda and Sudan next year. Here's my latest President's Update. Benetech's momentum continues with some fantastic news. I was awarded one of the 2006 MacArthur Fellowships.

A Round Up of Food Charities and Causes to Fight Hunger

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The victims of Cyclone Sidr in the southwestern region of Bangladesh have immediate needs for relief items, including food and non-food items, emergency shelter, basic health care, clean water and more.

Nine Digital Marketing Lessons Nonprofits Can Learn from charity: water

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charity: water even has an entire section of their site dedicated to stories from the field, where people who work for or collaborate with the nonprofit tell stories about the experiences they’ve had bringing clean water to people in Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh and more.

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International Organizations and Social Media: News, Engagement, and Social Data for Policy Change

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WHO And here’s a picture of a very happy lad, Mithu, in Bangladesh, proud of his improved pit latrine. I’m teaching a graduate class at the Monterey Institute of International Studies based on my books, The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit.

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To Profit or Not To Profit, That Is The Microfinance Question

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On October 13th Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the Grameen Bank, which provides credit to the rural poor of Bangladesh. "Muhammad Yunus always has said that credit is a human right," Labarthe said, his voice tinged with sarcasm. Well, I don't believe that.

Blog Action Day: Can One Person Make A Difference? Challenging Poverty With Social Media

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He chronicled his story and work in Bangladesh using social media tools and engaging story telling techniques. Today is Blog Action Day where over 11,000 bloggers/sites around the world will publish, donate, or promote the issue of poverty. 

The Steep Challenges of Philanthropy to the Muslim World

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The most populous Muslim country is Indonesia , followed by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Egypt. TechSoup Global’s Dara Westling attended the recent Global Donors Forum in Washington, D.C.

The Purpose Prize

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Each attending cooperative might represent, for example, 600 artists back home in Bangladesh. SFGate had a story yesterday about the Purpose Prize.

MCON13 Live Blog: Millennial Service (Paul Schmitz, Soma and Rachael Chong, Catchafire)


When you have a volunteer experience that makes you question your life or see that someone in Bangladesh is the same as you, it makes you more passionate to give back for the rest of your life. 1 Throughout the day, we''ll be live blogging sessions from MCON13 , a virtual conference to help leaders engage the Millennial generation. Here are highlights from the session with Paul Schmitz and notes from the talk with Rachael Chong.

Using Photography to Change the World: An Interview with Paola Gianturco

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I heard a wonderful story about a woman from Bangladesh who just scrimped to save a dollar to contribute to them.

Solutionary Women: Anna Lappé of Grub

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I was thrilled when Ilyse Hogue , contacted me to say that her friend Anna Lappé was in town to promote her new book, Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen , and might be available for an interview. You can hear the interview on the Big Vision Podcast , or read the transcript below.