Freedom From Want: The Remarkable Success Story of BRAC, the Global Grassroots Organization That's Winning the Fight Against Poverty

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Overview

Brac, arguably the world's largest and most successful NGO, is little known outside Bangladesh where it was established in 1972. Author Ian Smillie predicts, however, that this is bound to change. BRAC's success and the spread of its work in health, education, social enterprise development and microfinance dwarfs any other private, government or non-profit enterprise in its impact on tens of thousands of communities in Asia and Africa.

Freedom From Want traces BRAC's evolution from a small relief operation indistinguishable from hundreds of others, into what is undoubtedly the most variegated social experiment in the developing world. BRAC's story shows how social enterprise can trump corruption and how purpose, innovation and clear thinking can overcome the most entrenched injustices that society can offer. It's a story that ranges from distant villages in Bangladesh to New York's financial district on 9/11, from war-torn Afghanistan to the vast plains of East Africa and the ruins of Southern Sudan. Partly an adventure story, partly a lesson in development economics, partly an examination of excellence in management, the book describes one of the world's most remarkable success stories, one that has transformed disaster into development and despair into hope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565492943
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,491,531
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Smillie is an Ottawa-based development consultant and writer. He has lived and worked widely in Africa and Asia, and his knowledge of Bangladesh spans more than three decades. Author of several books on international development, he was a founder of the Canadian development organization, Inter Pares, and was Executive Director of CUSO. In addition to his other work, he is associated with the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University and serves as Research Coordinator on Partnership Africa Canada's 'Diamonds and Human Security Project'. He is a participant in the intergovernmental 'Kimberley Process,' which has developed a global certification system for rough diamonds.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: The Age of Ambition 1

Chapter 1 Sonar Bangal 5

Chapter 2 Arms and the Man 13

Chapter 3 The Plan 29

Chapter 4 The Problem 35

Chapter 5 Learning and Unlearning 55

Chapter 6 Dulling the Edge of Husbandry? 69

Chapter 7 The Learning Organization 83

Chapter 8 A Chicken and Egg Problem 91

Chapter 9 A Simple Solution 103

Chapter 10 Of Pink Elephants and 9/11 117

Chapter 11 The Mulberry Bush 127

Chapter 12 Water and Milk 137

Chapter 13 Millennium Development Goal 6 (Target 8) 145

Chapter 14 Educating Bangladesh 153

Chapter 15 Challenging the Frontiers 175

Chapter 16 University 187

Chapter 17 On Being Ready 195

Chapter 18 The Democratic Deficit 209

Chapter 19 Afghanistan 223

Chapter 20 The Source of the Nile 237

Chapter 21 In Larger Freedom 245

Glossary 261

List of Acronyms 263

Selected Bibliography 265

Index 269

About the Author 285

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