The Next Yunus Forum will be an all day birthday party (+1) in Dhaka on June 29 http://yunusforum.net/ Help make a top 10 list of youth and yes we can projects that would be worth collaborating around before and after example 1 ambassador 5000 example 2 1000 social business links in one web ideas welcome chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk also we would like to give all delagate a page of 100 good news headlines for sustainability and the collaboration race to poverty museums gravitated by connecting the 7 wonders of microeconomics: energy, credit, edu, health, media, smba and yes we can gov - do you have a candidate headline?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

When an activity is something that 7 billion people can enjoy knowing about, our editors at microcredit.tv like to encourage as many different way of exploring what you can network around microcredit as possible. Which of these grab you? What other ways into exploring microcredit can be most inspiring?

1 When replicated the way that Bangladesh open sources, microcredit is the only mathematically correct form of sustainability investment banking so far discovered.

2 Microcredit is an optimal way of empowering people and generations to be income generating. With microcredit used optimally, there is no reason why 7 billion people shouldn’t be fully and responsibly employed to their hearts content.

3 Microcredit transforms the poorest communities, and sustainably compounds the wealth and health of any community, by focusing the governance of banking on two value multiplying dynamics

3a The services the community most needs to be locally supplied competently and sufficiently

3b Identifying that uniquely purposeful patterning which that community can sustain value win-wins by exchanging regionally, nationally or even worldwide

4 Another approach to microcredit is to connect all the poorest but most industrious in a particular industry sector until they own that sector cooperatively. That ensures that the wealth of sector leadership is returned to the local people whose lives locally most deeply served the sector instead of some global capital city

5 In networked worlds where virtual sources of productivity become possible, we can design ways in which microcredit would ensure a skills association is owned cooperatively and in a way that ends digital or other divides

6 Microcredit regains freedom of speech and media to design free markets of life critical services of which 7 seem pretty essential if every child, women and person is to have a life

micro-ed and www-women

thanks NY meeting around may 21's women together sounds great; meeting mother of microcredit is always the greatest of privileges,

and maybe I can find out whether there is any educational revolutionary we have forgotten to ask to june 29 -will mrs begum have heard of youth ambassador 5000?

incidentally it would help me for other occasions to be introduced to a diary keeper in the new york office of grameen - I did visit there once but it was not at all obvious whose flow matched mine; the flow with st johns edu is very important for me to map in case they have anything to connect with spanish-african microsummit knowledge sharing!! (attached)

the situation had been different when amy wilson was representing grameen shakti out of that office because that was an obvious story to be able to take yes we can world's questions on


"Reaching Targets to the Millennium Development Goals"

File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat - View as HTMLNurjaham Begum. General Manager of Grameen Bank. ... Women Together Vicepresident. . Hillary French. ...esango.un.org/event/documents/CARTEL%20CONFERENCE%202009.pdf -
UN partners with filmmakers to give voice to women suffering in ...
Xinhua - ?May 14, 2009?
Among the screenings are films showing how a Liberian woman "braved the tide of hate that was sweeping over" her war-torn country by bringing women together ...
ADMAF founder Hoda Al Khamis Kanoo to receive Women Together Award ...
AME Info - ?May 14, 2009?
The Organization has special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council and is associated with the UN programme for poverty eradication.
Patricia Velásquez: “Mi trabajo es luchar por los que tienen un ...
laverdad.com - ?May 13, 2009?
Por eso fue reconocida por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, la cual le entregará el premio Women Together Awards en Nueva York el próximo 20 de mayo. ...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Grameen in Turkey & Tunisia


Microcredits as macrohelpers
ISTANBUL - Threatened by the ever-increasing unemployment figures in the country, Turkish women have been seeking ways to contribute to the household income. Their search has lead women to discover microcredit, according to an expert on the topic. Since its foundation, the microcredit system has proved to be an effective way out of the crisis, he says Unemployment figures have risen to 3.5 million in Turkey due to the global economic crisis. However, the global turmoil has not borne bad news for everyone, with several Turkish women managing quite well after seeing opportunity in the crisis to establish their own businesses. The Turkish Grameen Microcredit Project started in the Diyarbak?r region on July 18, 2003. At the time, loans provided for five women were each worth 500 Turkish Liras. The number of women who purchased microcredit in Turkey between 2003 and 2008 was 10,000. However, the crisis must have pushed the right buttons for women, because nearly 11,000 additional women have applied for microcredit within the past nine months. There are 27 branches that have provided microcredit. As per the beginning of May, that figure rose to 42. As per May 9, the total number of women that had benefited from microcredit was 21,248. In September 2008, that figure stood at 12,332. The microcredit system provided loans worth nearly 27 million liras since it entered the Turkish market. ... Asian Tigers hold on tight The four so-called Asian Tigers, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, were strongly affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis. The microcredit system proved highly effective in helping the Asian Tigers cope with the crisis. The support provided by the microcredit system, founded by Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus, has proven to be quite effective in helping people climb back up the ladder to escape crises. The increase in applications to obtain microcredits runs parallel to that trend, said Akgül. "If we had 10 million liras we would have distributed it in 33 cities within the next two to three months," he said. .. In the Grameen Microcredit Project in Turkey, credits are used for about 70 different activities.

Enda Inter-Arabe Goes Live on Mifos Information Management Platform
Tunisian Microfinance Pioneer Invests in Technology to Accelerate Growth
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BEIRUT, LEBANON--(Marketwire - May 12, 2009) - Sanabel Microfinance Conference -- Grameen-Jameel Pan-Arab Microfinance Limited and Grameen Foundation today announced the first Arab microfinance institution (MFI) to go live on the Mifos open source Management Information System (MIS) platform Enda inter-arabe (enda) in Tunisia.
One of the Arab Region's pioneering MFIs, enda selected Mifos, a highly flexible, cost-effective technology platform specifically designed for microfinance, to help drive and sustain its outreach, innovation and growth. Enda expects its investment in Mifos, the open source initiative developed by Grameen Foundation and launched in the Arab World by Grameen-Jameel, will assist it in managing its high growth from the current 100,000-plus poor clients across Tunisia to its target of 300,000 by the end of 2012. The announcement was made at the 2009 Sanabel Microfinance Conference in Beirut, Lebanon, the largest gathering of microfinance practitioners and leading stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa.
Founded in Tunisia in 1990, enda began micro-credit in 1995 and has served as a leader for the sector, providing broader financial inclusion for Tunisian micro-entrepreneurs through innovative high-quality services. In December 2008, it was ranked 18th in the 2008 Mix Global 100 list of the top 100 best performing MFIs globally and has aggressive plans to reach 300,000 clients, with a loan portfolio totaling more than US$160 million by the end of 2012. .. Grameen Foundation worked directly with enda's staff to craft a training, rollout and user adoption strategy that successfully aligned the Mifos technology with enda's business processes. An aggressive execution plan allowed enda to bring on five to seven branches in a first testing phase and then successfully roll out Mifos across all 52 branches with no interference to daily operations.
Enda will continue to work with the community to extend the Mifos platform, driving growth and social impact across the region. Visit http://www.mifos.org/ to learn more, download the product, and become a part of the Mifos community.
About Grameen-Jameel Pan-Arab Microfinance Limited
Grameen-Jameel is a Social Business established in 2007 as a joint venture between Grameen Foundation and Bab Rizq Jameel Limited, a subsidiary of Abdul Latif Jameel Group. The company alleviates poverty in the Arab World by forming strategic partnerships with microfinance institutions and providing technical and financing support through its guarantee program. To date, Grameen-Jameel has facilitated local currency financing of US$44 million backed by US$20 million in guarantees to its partners. Grameen-Jameel has reached more than 350,000 new microfinance clients through its partners in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Yemen.

bridging micro everyone - part 1

meeting sam daley-harris, jerry peloquin, chris macrae

sam - the opportunity to have an hour with ingrid to hear exactly which tracks she most wants to see integrated at kenya march 2010 is an exrtaoridinary privilege; and the idea of a spanish-kenya exchange is magic cross-cultural one

I am so sorry that I dont think I can get to colombia for personal reasons; its great that Jerry is going as he's probably the only other sustainable revolutionary outside of results I have met in DC (which may show I dont know where to look!)

I have had a word with the Bolivian in europe who most helps us translate between english, german and spanish cultures of microeconomics, and yunus replications across the 7 Micro-Summit Zones Yunus briefed forum teams on in jan 08 as being where he saw his new book bridging ; it sounds as if it may be hard for her to rejuggle her business diary; but if she works a miracle on that I will revert


yunus 7 micro wonders

understanding rehearsals while I look at this pic:

energy includes water, food , agriculture

typically in yunus mind housing (his first great franchise after credit) is included in health/safety though at estate level it clearly gives huge green energy possibilities too; we could see if wangari mathaai - kenya and african women's nobel laureate has anything practical; and ditto micro-irrigation www.kickstart.org which is 3% of kenyan economy; paul rose is a bbc broadcatser who is on the case of yunus and http://ashdenawards.org so I imagine his advice on who could do most revolutionary green micro track could be fun- april at http://www.microenergycredits.com is someone I would always get

media includes not just such global platforms as yunusmovie but internet for poor - I didnt see why we dont start whiteboxing kiva to much more segmented needs and affinty groups; yunus has about 200 very smart ICT people n dhaka - perhaps too many are tied up with http://bankabillion.org

yunus uses education to mean vocational up to first job and with philosophy that in future most young peers are going to need to create their own microentrepreneurial jobs; he and abed tell the village kids; see what you mum could do with no litearcy, prove what you can microentrepreneurially network; june 29 http://yunusforum.net expects to bring some of the most revolutionary educators ever assem,bled in one place since that's the area us europeans have put most worldwide entrepreneur research into; we get very different list than ashoka and other usa judges of education

I have a lot of data coming together on micro-health but need to find a time in vidar's diary to swap notes; on june 29 we are also inviting yunus to come and talk at a 7th graders school on the outskirts of National Institute of Health - see if he agrees

smba is other way round systems- the Gandian challenge of ending colonialism comes back to what do you do when every global profession has lost its hippocratic oath and is compounding poverty with its onw top down rules and separated busienss case in an age where all the new innovation of above zero economics is about connectedness not ruling over separated boundaries

bridging these with a new "yes we can" relevant dynamic is youth ambassador 5000 project which yunus briefed his forum team on at microcredisummit Bali; our focus I believe needs to be the magic micro triangle of Yunus*Abed*Munro, and too and fro from the deepest university clubs - we are expecting dr yunus to debrief which ones he sees as truly motivated by micro-up as well as records to all grameen interns known interests

Headlines of Future Capitalism - SMBA microsummit

We are asking friends and the 1000 readers of what are the system crisis headlines from the book's chapters that stay with them. This qualifies for good news as we adopt the Eastern definition of crisis as crossroads of compound oppportunity and risk. To know what the system problem is -that's where all good news and actions can blossom

chapter 1 - none of the major 20th century organsiational typologies is designed to systemically end poverty nor to compound sustainability's investment. One reflection of that in corporate world is CSR where leaders of individual organisations say our owners (and how we are quarterly measured and rewarded and appraised by media) can't afford to be the first not to externalise our sector's greatest risk or its most speculative way of extracting. This suggests we need to approach valuation (free market transparency of media) at the global market sector level not just separated systems.

Friday, May 15, 2009


good news from http://www.yunusmovie.com/ http://twitter.com/yunusmovie

the best brands for peoples of the world -including all the hundreds of sustainability solutions being replicated out of Bangaldesh - don't have any money to waste on ads and paid for fashion sponsors

- so we are always looking for global platforms and hi-trust people networks to linkin and amongst several exciting ones including the imminent empowerment album from the pop group greenchildren , yunus movie is the one that excites most of all to prepare for - do send in other ideas to info@worldcitizen.tv

this post will update on this extraordinary happening hubbing out of paris around one of the top journalist for humanity Vivian

Vivian's plans for this went back way before the fame that Dr Yunus gained from award of the Nobel prize and represent a life vision -hwy not connect al;l the nest news and actions in the number 1 colqaboration space race of our generation - to see poverty museums blossoming out of every place so ending the dismal system mistake that got embedded in days of colonial global-down power (compound extraction from the world's poorest rural areas by the biggest cities in ways even more toxic than subprime compound vanities and terrors) extreme poverty and loss of any community's sustainability represents

here are some links to advance press on movie with extracts:
variety broadwayworld -hollywoodreporter

CANNES -Power Duo to Take Up Nobel Cause- Former BBC Films chief David Thompson and "Mamma Mia!" firector Phyllida Lloyd are developing a movie based on the influence of Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus' radical economic theories on the lives of women. The U.K.-based Thompson is developing under his Origin Pictures banner,and will work alongside producers Christian de Boisredon, Vivian Norris de Montaigu and Nicolas Jourdier, who initiated the project and collaborated closely with Yunus to bring the project to the table.Known as the world's "banker to the poor," Yunus began by lending $27 to 42 people in 1976. His Grameen bank has since loaned more than $6 billion in Bangladesh and his work has been duplicated in over 100 countries.By lending predominantly to women in poor communities, Yunus has managed to foster a spirit of collective responsibility underpinning the bank's success -- it boasts a 98.5% repayment rate, far higher than any commercial banks. "Yunus has thrown down the gauntlet to all of us," Lloyd said." How to live our lives. If the poorest of the poor can transform their worlds, what excuse is there for the rest of us? This is an astonishing story of not taking 'no' for an answer."We believe it will be entertaining and gripping, shining a spotlight on the global stories that bind and divide us," Thompson said.


eg 1
IDCOL to Produce Solar Panels in Bangladeshhttp://www.energybangla.com/index.php?mod=article&cat=WindEnergy&article=1785Saturday, 04.25.2009, 06:16am (GMT)

Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL), a non-bank financial institution on Bangladesh, is planning to produce solar panels locally in an effort to bring the country's rural areas under power supply network in a faster way."We've planned to produce solar panel to make it cheaper as well as expand our service areas in line with the government vision of 'Electricity for all by 2020'," IDCOL's newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Executive Director Islam Sharif told.IDCOL now imports solar panels from various countries, including China and India, which is costlier for local users. "But, if we can produce the solar panel locally it would be cheaper for the villagers to use it as an individual power system," Mr Sharif said.Islam Sharif, who served as Vice-president of Citibank NA in New York, suggested that the government should go for a comprehensive campaign to encourage people to use solar energy as the national power grid is unable to cope with the growing power demand."We also encourage the businessmen to install solar energy system in their industries and we're ready to assist them (businessmen) in this regard," he said. The country's most development plans focus on the capital or metro cities. "But," he said, "IDCOL turns its focus on urban, suburb and rural areas."The IDCOL boss said they also have a plan for setting up their own power plants in different regions of the country where poor road communications hamper local trades. About IDCOL activities, Sharif said IDCOL promotes solar home systems (SHSs) in rural areas under a programme jointly being financed by IDA, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and KfW & GTZ.IDCOL has made an upward revision in its target of financing 300,000 SHSs by 2009 as over 295,000 SHSs have already been installed.

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