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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. Bangladesh is distinctly poorer than the potions of India I visited, but it was also had simultaneous pockets of wealth and poverty side by side. I only spent 48 hours in Bangladesh, but they were jam packed hours. More in my next blogs on what we're doing and what I learned in Bangladesh

Donor Perspective: BRAC – An example of scaling success

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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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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. This year we are getting more participants from outside of the United States, but we definitely need more diversity in our survey respondents for the data to truly reflect the global donor community. The survey is available in five languages – ????????????

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. Abed has accomplished an incredible amount since founding BRAC more than 30 years ago, but he is charging forward with expansion both inside and outside of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is politically activated these days, with a major upcoming election and a lot of protests.

New data for strategic disaster philanthropy 


The Rohingya crisis continued unabated, increasing the number of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced people in Bangladesh and surrounding countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has filled our newsfeeds, our schools, our politics, and our living rooms for two years.

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.

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.

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. Professor Vinod Sena was a retired professor of English literature at the University of Delhi. Visually impaired his entire life, he was a tireless advocate for the blind and visually impaired as well as a shining role model.

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 ). It was so gratifying to see firsthand how Martus , a free and open-source software tool developed by Benetech, is empowering people to be the change they wish to see.

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Grave Work

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Myopia undoubtedly affects those at the furthest reaches of other supply chains too – someone stitching garments in Bangladesh for Primark may not know, ultimately, which company their labour serves.

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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. Storymakers 2014 surpassed our expectations in terms of the quality and number of submissions. We’ve been inspired and moved by your stories.

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. The Davos scene is nonstop: it starts with breakfast meetings at 8 am and ends typically after midnight. You rush from session to session, often jumping a shuttle from one hotel to another or back to the Congress Center.

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.

Blockchain Explained: Risks And Opportunities For Philanthropy

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This is particularly critical when these services are developed and tested on people who are already facing major risks, like Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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.

5 Ways To Expand Financial Inclusion For The World’s Poor

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And the government of Bangladesh announced plans for a nationwide mobile payments system by early 2018.This industry is growing rapidly because mobile payment services enable transform people’s ability to save their money securely and access it conveniently. How surreal.

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. For example, in Bangladesh, people mistrust nonprofits, but they are more open to individuals. So, Shawn is able to build bridges for the nonprofit and the local community because of the trust. Graphic Recording by OTH Consulting.

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. It helps endangered Asian children get off the streets in Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, East Timor, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

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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. In 2009, Clay Shirkey predicted , “For the next few decades, journalism will be made up of overlapping special cases.”

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. Gordon Shockley, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. ASU School of Community Resources & Development. Welcome to Research Friday !

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. With ingenuity and resourcefulness, women are coding new strategies to bring more women online and empower them. World leaders and technology firms should be paying attention to their solutions—and backing them up.

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. to report on Tech for Good trends and also to find out how things are going in one of the most challenging areas of philanthropy: providing much needed help and support to people in the Muslim world. Dara Westling. Dara has possibly the longest title at TechSoup.

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.

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.


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. Send A Postcard from the Hunger site As we approach the annual Thanksgiving feast , there are more than 850 million people in the world who go hungry.

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. Our biggest challenge now is finding the right people to join our team.

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 event will certainly spread awareness of the issue. Global issues like poverty are extremely complex and seem huge. There is no simple, clear answers. 

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. Opportunity is a human right, education--but credit is for the one that has an opportunity to make something productive with that." --Carlos Labarthe, co-CEO of Compartamos.

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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. Civic Ventures , a San Francisco nonprofit group, will award 5 Americans over 60, whose work has fostered significant social innovation, $100,000 to further their work. The awards will be given out in June at a national summit that will recognize the leaders and 60 semi-finalists. Nominations (including self-nomination) will be accepted Dec.

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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. Image from Flickr by Xurble.

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. Back in 2011, I started collecting all the emails that nonprofits sent me during the month of December and reviewed what was in my inbox. Here is the 2015 edition of my annual review of year-end nonprofit fundraising email subject lines. (Be

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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. The course is about how to leverage networks and social media for learning and impact.

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. "[T]hose of us who take pictures, even for our own personal trips, and share those pictures with friends, because we have that skill, also have an obligation to help people understand each other more completely. By sharing our photographs, by sharing our experiences, we alter the way people everywhere understand each other, and we might as well do it consciously and well."

Solutionary Women: Anna Lappé of Grub

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Anna: The genesis of Grub in some ways goes way, way back, but it some ways it also was a direct result of having done this book project with my mother, Francis Moore Lappé, we wrote a book that came out in 2002 called Hope's Edge , and that book was our chronicling this incredible journey we took to Bangladesh, India, Brazil, Poland, Kenya, France, and to places in the U.S.

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