The Global University of Poverty - Curricula Welcome

End Poverty is number 1 job of any keynsian and millennials; future capitalism

Comment by Jeff Mowatt on June 30, 2010 at 12:07am
Chris,

I've recently discovered this group and their discussion forum which I've joined and started to participate in,

I noted an article about Eastern Europe where we have been working for just over a decade starting with the Tomsk Initiative which P-CED sourced for USAID with Finca as microfinance partner. The model was an adaptation of the Grameen approach with the addition of a prerequisite for borrower education established in the Good Work model.

http://www.grameencreativelab.com/news/social-business-%E2%80%93-a-...

This led on to the Crimean Tatars, an Islamic group repatriated after 50+ years in exile and dispossessed of their homes.

Then from 2004, the national scale strategy for Ukraine which combines microfinance, childcare reform, affordable broadband deployment and a social enterprise investment fund in a nil overall cost mix of more that and less than full cost recovery components.

We'd published in the public domain 9 months after delivery to protect the copyright, hence the unusual spectacle of a development proposal as a magazine article:

http://en.for-ua.com/analytics/2007/08/06/121201.html

http://en.for-ua.com/analytics/2007/08/09/110003.html

Now Prof, Yunus has defined the scope of a social business, this model is entirely congruent with these principles:

"A social business is defined as a non-loss, non-dividend company dedicated to meeting social needs; such as ensuring affordable healthcare for all, promoting better nutrition for children, creating employment for the unemployed, moving towards a safer environment, enhancing the process of women empowerment and providing safe drinking water."

We put it like this:

"This is a long-term permanently sustainable program, the basis for "people-centered" economic development. Core focus is always on people and their needs, with neediest people having first priority – as contrasted with the eternal chase for financial profit and numbers where people, social benefit, and human well-being are often and routinely overlooked or ignored altogether. This is in keeping with the fundamental objectives of Marshall Plan: policy aimed at hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. This is a bottom-up approach, starting with Ukraine's poorest and most desperate citizens, rather than a "top-down" approach that might not ever benefit them. They cannot wait, particularly children. Impedance by anyone or any group of people constitutes precisely what the original Marshall Plan was dedicated to opposing. Those who suffer most, and those in greatest need, must be helped first -- not secondarily, along the way or by the way".
Comment by chris macrae on July 22, 2010 at 8:16am
I believe the 2nd annual celebration of the 100 people who most help yunus make global grameen the world's favourite sustainability brand happens in first week of november 2010 - again at the theme park conference centre of volkswagen in wolfsburg; assume details ppear at http://www.grameencl.com; at the 4 day glasgow event my family and friends sponsored in first week of july I believe hans mentioned that this year might extend to 2nd youth conference at wolfsburg

chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk skype isabellawm (association of family foundations)

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