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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-05-15
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner
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Unlike Grameen Bank, the microcredit giant whose Nobel Prize heaped it with accolades and publicity, its Bangladeshi cousin BRAC is barely known outside the country. Author Ian Smillie predicts that BRAC, which is arguably the world's largest, most diverse and most successful NGO, has little time left in the shadows. The spread of its work dwarfs any other private, government or non-profit enterprise in its impact on development, on women, on children and on thousands of communities in Asia and Africa. The Third Freedom traces BRAC's evolution from a small relief operation indistinguishable from hundreds of others, into what is undoubtedly the largest and most variegated social experiment in the developing world. BRAC's story shows how social enterprise can trump corruption; how purpose, innovation and clear thinking can overcome the most entrenched injustices that society can offer. It is 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Introduction: The Age of Ambitionp. 1
Sonar Banglap. 5
Arms and the Manp. 13
The Planp. 29
The Problemp. 35
Learning and Unlearningp. 55
Dulling the Edge of Husbandry?p. 69
The Learning Organizationp. 83
A Chicken and Egg Problemp. 91
A Simple Solutionp. 103
Of Pink Elephants and 9/11p. 117
The Mulberry Bushp. 127
Water and Milkp. 137
Millennium Development Goal 6 (Target 8)p. 145
Educating Bangladeshp. 153
Challenging the Frontiersp. 175
Universityp. 187
On Being Readyp. 195
The Democratic Deficitp. 209
Afghanistanp. 223
The Source of the Nilep. 237
In Larger Freedomp. 245
Glossaryp. 261
List of Acronymsp. 263
Selected Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 269
About the Authorp. 285
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