HG Wells - civilisation is a race between education and catastrophe:
coming how do the 51 years of alumni of fazke abed poverty aleviator collab match up with 76 years of the united nations - we map abed top36 hunicorn networks - being networks whose purpose is so life crital nobody wants to exit investment or politically quarrel over just replicating their services and improving access to their action learning

Monday, June 21, 2021

this is the 76th year of the united nations; but something ain't right; for 70 years those who met to represent nations had no language for mapping the exponential interactions of humans, machines and nature in communities where children grow up, and if leading tech wizardy is scaled at 100=silicon valley then it might get 10 at most places the un works most urgently many of which are not yet on electricity grids 

in 1984 i co-authored the 2025 report with my father, the economist's norman macrae; we mapped out common sense deadlines - eg it was vital early 21st c media demanded that peoples everywhere became aware and committed to solve man's greatest risk as the differences in incomes and expectations of rich and poor nations"; to me 9/11 with my daughter aged 4 living in washington dc was more than a tragedy; it showed that the 100 times more tech we have been playing with every decade as von neumann's 1957 legacy (see dad's bio of von neumann) had spiralled viciously off course as happens when increasingly few men sitting in high courts built by slaves make decisions for all of us; i wanted to rewind where my father had spent his last days as a teenager stationed facing the bay of bengal as navigator in allied bomber command

and after a few false starts i found a man who had spent his last 50 yeas mapping challenges on the ground og the billion poorest asian women; he was a practical engineer having been promoted to regional ceo of royal dutch oil company where a million of his compatriots were killed by a cyclone in 1970

sir fazle abed saw the first 5 sustainability goals as integral dimensions of any community's sustainability but unlike many westerners including mr and mrs clinton who came to bangladesh as the open university of banking for the poor almost everyone of the 100000 fieldworkers of brac was first and foremost a skils educator

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the idea that education is a linear process is neither human nor right- nor separable from sustainability's gravitation of 5 life-shaping goals wherever families communally start up. No need to wonder why human race is on verge of extinction when world's biggest intellectual celebrations eg nobel prize have ignored educators who value children as places' greatest asset and lost the intergenerational purpose of edu. NB Its just 10 years ago that the first ever global education prize wise2011 awarded to abed 4.2 - wise's 6 other laureates 4.3 twice; 4.4 once; 4.5 once ; 4.2,3,5 twice - it wasn't until the 4th round of yidan prize that a council of luminairies inspired by legacy of fazle abed was designed so education could be mapped as a non-linear jigsaw puzzle

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

 un desa as described harvard innovation frontiers 2008 ash institute

Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global politics and national action in the economic, social and environmental spheres. Within DESA, the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) is entrusted by the General Assembly with implementing the United Nations Program in Public Administration and Development. Since its inception in 1948, this program has consistently promoted the importance of sound public administration for the political, economic and social development of all nations. DPADM is organized around four thematic and functional areas that support public administration on the national level: (i) governance and public administration, (ii) socioeconomic and governance management, (iii) knowledge management and E-government, (iv) public administration networking. DPADM assists Governments in strengthening their public policy making and service delivery systems, reinforcing their public sector human resources capacity, and improving the overall efficiency of their governance systems and institutions. The DPADM focuses on disseminating information and sharing knowledge, providing technical cooperation and an international forum for the exchange of national experiences. The Division’s comparative advantage is in its ability to identify and respond effectively to emerging global trends and challenges using its extensive knowledge base, professional expertise and network. Through its broad global reach and distinct mandate, DPADM contributes to improving public administration and governance in the development process. For more information: www.un.org/esa/desa/

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


speaking hk fintech Aiaze Mitha
Digital Ambassador @ United Nations Capital Development Fund
Aiaze Mitha, Digital Finance and Sustainable Development Expert
Aiaze has led digital finance projects in 40+ countries and advised many international organizations such as the UN, World Bank, IFC and CGAP. He currently is a Digital Ambassador to UNCDF, leads the Dialogue on Governance of BigFintechs and was a Senior Advisor to the UNSG Task Force on Digital Financing of the SDGs. He also leads regular regulatory discussion groups on everything Fintech and is setting up a global alliance to green the world. Prior to that, Aiaze was Chief Officer at Tiaxa, a digital lending Fintech. He also directed the roll-out of M-Paisa in Afghanistan and led Mobile Money Guyana.
Aiaze sits on the Board of several Fintech startups. He holds a MSc. from University of Quebec and is a graduate of Telecom Paris.
WED-THU, MAY 26-27
Enabling Sustainability through FinTech
S&P Global Market Intelligence

Sunday, May 23, 2021

un refs goal 2- 2020 world peace prize wfp hq rome  fao/ifad also rome; 
another rome office coordinates annual summit of past nobel peace laureates and green club rome
vatican university coordinates premiosciacca.it - annual world prize celebrating youth community engagers
recently an underground colliseum 2.0 was excavated and aims to be youths home for remapping borderless cultural celebrations such as those needed in st francis day when with muslim leader he helped to sustain the western world trade relay aka the silk road
ai at wfp -geneva-zoom; 
to understand main sustainability crises being made worse by euro union see pope francis presentation at strasbourg 1 -pope francis and climate encyclical 6 years on  italy host g20 climaxes month before cop26 glasgow november

Saturday, May 22, 2021

education of sustainable generations?

 Can you imagine a nation built by a network of livelihood trainers distributed through every community starting in places with the least. Not just any nation but the one born poorest of any populous nation- as Bangladesh was born 1971 with the worlds 8th largest population with the least infrastructure - ie over 80% without access to electricity grids or running water.

Its not clear exactly when fazle abed realised this was what the Bangladesh rural advancement committees unique purpose would be. It sort of happened organically. He was an engineer, regional ceo for shell oil company, when a cyclone killed a million of his compatriots. In comparison trading oil seemed a meaningless career path so he sold his flat in london for about 30000 dollars and got a grant from oxfam to build 15000 village homes for 100000 refugees. No sooner than the homes were built than it was evident brac was responsible for their lives let alone their livelihoods. So trainers of health and village farming were needed to live and learn in the village- famine and dehydration killed up to a million infants each of the first years of bangladesh as a new nation (henry kissinger's basket case). Mediators of every life matters were needed too because culturally women were an underclass. Most people were illiterate so peer to peer teachers were needed.


 1976 accidentally turned out to be a magic moment on the continent. China was choosing what non-state corporations to legislate. Entrepreneurially there was much to like about abed's village microfranchise model. Because of the one child policy- half of chinese clans would over the next 20 years depend on their daughters education and microentrepreneurial spirit. So chinese village doctors and agricultural experts regularly started brainstorming with abed- see the book the quiet revolution by harvard's martha alter chen). These were not political exchanges - pure entrepreneurial ones in the original french sense of the word. Because abed was inspired by franciscan paulo freire - at an interpersonal and deep trust community level confucian, muslim and franciscan spirits mingled - for the first time since st francis contributions to the silk road.

There were a few traditional crafts people- preserving their skills through the community was needed, and a few villagers had exquisite design senses which match a period when brac operated silk farm microfranchises and may have planted bangladesh skills as a world leader in garment trade. 

One way to map what abed built is to cluster 6 solution networks gravitated by 6 human development purposes. Four of the goals clearly match the un's sdg 1-4. Bracs 5th solution compass resilient communities of 100000 where every lives matter matches sgd 5 in  exponential consequence even if the focus on women empowerment was also driven by the need for the whole community to self-organise against climate or other risks. Notably second generation children migrated to the cities so brac needed both to understand the new skills they needed and to help with financial remittances back to the villages. 

Over 50 years brac brought in every sort of partner that might help rural village mothers maximise community sustainability. Solutions that the fist 100000 refugees valued microfranchising were replicated across rural bangladesh. At the time of sir fazle's death there were approximately 100000 livelihood field trainers- one per 200 families linking in most of rural bangladesh. 

In addition to brac's full time fieldworkers there were over 100000 last mile health servants earning a living by distributing non prescription drugs and being best informed about special events such as nationwide vaccinations or how to end tuberculosis. Over 40000 primary schools had been sustained led by teachers who had peer to peer learned their own personal development and relationship to community building. 

1996: Halfway through abed's mission to empower a nation built on women ending extreme poverty technology partners had started to appear with mobiles and solar panels. Billionaires like bill gates and george soros started wanting not simply to help but to transfer what was working across brac to communities they had deep learning and data responsibilities for. Abed was a bit uncomfy -there was so much development work bangladesh needed. He says it wasn't until mrs steve jobs questioned him why wasnt brac's knowhow shared outside bangladesh that he opened up brac international with an hq in the netherlands, and soon jim kim , bill gates, george soros were helping launch brac open a small us office out of new york which was where epidemiologists linked by unicef;s james grant had most helped abed scale bracs nationwide village health service by mothers for mothers and infants.

The 6th compass involves understanding the geonomic diversity - the future history of the place the world calls bangladesh. Knowns include bangladesh trades its way through 3 main streams- agriculture, garments, remittances. 50 years own it remains isolated from asia's biggest growth epicentres- look at its position on the coast hemmed in by myanmar and india.

Yet Extraordinarily if the world is ever to develop under 30s as a first sdg generation then bangladesh as the most cooperative partnership nation in the future of livelihood learning networks has a role t o play like no other in terms of lives, women, youth, poorest matter.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

education 4.2

nearly 40 years have been put into improving playbooks of brac primary schools-  the most shared primary curriculum popular ever used 

- beginning with world's poorest and most collaborative montessori situations- girl friendly stories; happiness and confidence designed into accomplishing each skill...brac designed its complete k-5 curricula with two purposes; help the typical villade school get into top 10% when tested nationally at end of 5th grade; but otherwise have fun peer to peer connecting - with village relevant happy family contexts 

abed loved searching for teachers with actionable results- many of whom contributed to brac's teaching materials; he loved identifying missng curricula such as 2nd grade up financial literacy; primary was also a stepping stone for identifying young women who would change bangladesh for the better; while neith er governemt or donors would ashk him to design secondary schools- brac would line up secondary scholarships and increasing partner with libraries so that teeenage girls hosted skills learning clubs matched to livelihoods

compare for example brac maths books through 5th grafe with eg maths books used in us schools- i can tell you as a boy who did well inmaths in 1950s that these are designed to make us youth 40th mostcompetent in the world; they ,ake money for publishers; they make barely competent maths teachers feel in control; they are co-sponsored by oldest tech calculating instruments- nothing could be designed to miminise coding or numerate american youth

and that's just maths - let alone cross-cultural cross-gender friendships; valuing health in places with least medical suppor or most community risk factors- what a shame that usa didnt design textbook content k-5 the way francscans suggested in eg pedagogy of the oppressed- no wonder that brac schools became the world favorite content where the billion poorest mothers helped develop places

back in einstein's day, he queried why us education seemed designed to destroy development of teamworking skills; he wrote to gandhi on one day theonly sustainable nations will be led by servamt leaders like you; 

the world is so lucky that fazle abed spent 50 yeas on poverty alleviation and over 35 years as coordinating edotir of primary content; when first challnged by mrs steve jobs to go abroad his forst test market was how easily woulf brac bangladesh primary [laybooks translate to afghan schools- when the response was even more hope-building than hehad expected, he started seaching for the worlds most consistent partners in extending the knowhow of being an abed alumni; in a way ever child ging through brac k-5 got a chance for 6 years to be an alumni of abeds action learning and community building celebrations
reference learing living book published by wise to ce;ebrate abed as inaugural education laureate

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

4.3 celebrating teen livelihood education networks

 In dinner conversation, abed said: its extremely good that commonwealth aid has contributed so much to primary schools but its a pity that the millennium goal blocks funding of secondary schools. Thats where livelihood education needs most innovation. This was 2012. It may partly explain why abed's solutions to 11+ education need quite a lot of searching. He tried to find partnerships wherever he could- see the extraordinary early teens girls jobs clubs in uganda lead partnered with mastercard foundation. A lot of work on various skills apprenticeships connected around bangladesh libraries can be found. 

Abed hoped  all the sdg goals hunicorns he developed would keep asking how are teens included? Notably the new university coalitions- please  make sure their community engagement included teenagers and in offering training on the futures of public service in bangladesh it shouldn't be forgotten that any place which advances sustainaility generation through the 2920s is going to have transorfem teen education.

refs: flow  freire
adam smith alumni review 225 year crisis of teenage education -jeffersons children by botstein vc of bard new uni coalition osun

video how bbc number 2 green broadcaster might never have flowed at school

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021


Smillie: Fifty years ago, Pearson identified a 'crisis in aid.' It's still with us

One wonders what the world might have looked like today had the former prime minister's recommendations been implemented — even by halves.

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The Pearson Report, published 50 years ago this month, is not much remembered among practitioners, academics and policy wonks who toil in the fields of international development. Too bad. I knew I would remember it because, as an impressionable young CUSO field staff officer home briefly from Nigeria, I had the privilege of meeting the former prime minister just after his report was published.

There are better reasons to remember it than that, not least because it was aimed at ending extreme poverty in developing countries. Since then there has been progress, but five decades later half the world’s population lives on less than $6 U.S. a day, and nearly one billion still live on less than $2.

Partners in Development: Report of the Commission on International Development remains important for many reasons, most notably because it identified almost all of failings of the development enterprise and proposed remedies that remain valid today. It spoke of the necessity of universal primary education, of vast needs in health and nutrition, the importance of food production and research in agriculture — all part of today’s UN Sustainable Development Goals, and all as elusive as ever.  It identified the debt burden of developing countries as an issue needing urgent attention — at a time when it was five per cent of what it became. It spoke at length of the need to develop the private sector in the developing world for local investment and manufacturing.


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Five decades later, half the world’s population lives on less than $6 U.S. a day, and nearly one billion still live on less than $2.

The Pearson Report saw trade liberalization as a major solution to long-term development, and it may have been the first major development publication to use the term “structural adjustment”:

“The growth of world trade must be accompanied by liberalization. This in turn implies a willingness on the part of industrialized countries to make the structural adjustments which will enable them to absorb an increasing range of manufactures and semi-manufactures from developing countries.”

What actually occurred was the polar opposite: a prescription requiring developing countries to open their economies to the manufacturers of the world, while swallowing medicine that weakened their abilities to invest in the education, health, infrastructure and research required for competition in the global economy.

Pearson talked about a “crisis in aid”: the damage caused by tied aid (requiring procurement in the donor country), the wastefulness of “technical assistance” (sending expensive international experts), aid skewed in favour of some countries while others — often the neediest — were ignored, and low overall volumes of official development assistance (ODA). The report said that “international support for development is now flagging. In some of the rich countries its feasibility, even its very purpose is in question. The climate surrounding foreign aid is heavy with disillusion and distrust” — a cry that rings down the decades as an excuse for rich countries to seek advantage, cut back, do less, do nothing.Pearson set a target: “Each developed country should increase its commitments of ODA … to reach 0.7% of its gross national product by 1975 or shortly thereafter, but in no case later than 1980.” Rhetorically embraced but resisted in deed by most donor countries, including Canada (currently at 0.28%), the clarion cry today is for “blended finance,” a nostrum that will somehow bring the private sector galloping to the rescue of the Sustainable Development Goals.

One wonders what the world might have looked like today had the Pearson recommendations been implemented — even by halves: had trade from developing countries been advanced rather than blocked; had investment in local capacities not been constricted; had debt fallen instead of skyrocketed; had aid been used more intelligently and reached anything like the targets that were set. How many maternal and child deaths might have been prevented? How many famines, pandemics, conflicts and refugees avoided?

If you’re interested, you can find a used copy of The Pearson Report online for a dollar, considerably less than the $2.95 it cost in 1969. Its importance today lies in its dramatic demonstration that very few modern ideas about development are new. And it is a sobering and tragic reminder — if one is needed — of 50 years of lost opportunity and broken promises in the world of international development.

Ian Smillie, a long-time international development practitioner, is the author of several books including The Alms BazaarThe Charity of Nations and Freedom From Want.