Norman Macrae -The Economist pro-youth economist -bravo sir fazle abed & jack ma
If you are looking to brainstorm some of the most revolutionary concepts in accelerating the race to end poverty start with yunus, however if you are looking to invest in replicating a microfranchise solution that is as robust as any service franchise in the world consider Sir Fazle Abed. Ironically it was yunus who first brought mobile phones to the vilages but when it comes to the parthership archecture of nationwide cashless banking BRAC can do what grmaaen cant -see www.bkash.com andwww.gabv.org
It is worth noting that the most extraordinary genius of muhammad yunus has always been inspiring young people to go out to a life of service in the viliage - grassoots bankers from start of grameen, grassroots solar energy engineers from 1996. This was part of his DNA as a professor who took his students out into the voilages to search for real solutions to ending famine when fancy theories of economics that he had learnt from USA (van der biltuni) in 1966 had no contextuial relevance with a million people starving.
In contrast the DNA of BRAC involed international partnering and professional relationships from the start. Chartered accountant and Graduate of Shipbuilding architecture, Sir Fazle Abed had returned to Bangladesh from the birth of the nation setting up the national branch of the multinational Shell. But when a half ,million killer cyclone hit the region, his infrastructure was all that was left. This BRAC started as a bottom up disaster relief organisation, one which international ngos needed to partner with to reach the disaster region. So Sir Fazle has always been at ease with large international foreign aid in ways that Yunus has not. But like Paul Farmer - the other world class bottom-up NGO, Sir fazle mindset is deliver what you are contacted to do but always leave being much more empowerment (knowledge-to-serve , grassroots resources) than a foreigner could begin to imagine linking in .