Norman Macrae Youth Foundation NMYF -net of The Economist's pro-youth economist
As Keynes General Theory explains the number 1 job of future-sustaining economists is end poverty; his alumni schumacher had pointed out this challenge could only be solved by empowerment out of millions of villages
In 1971 Bangladesh got the short straw of independence- not only had it be a disconnected region of British Empire but then it had to fight its way from independence of Pakistan (the West and East pakistans had hurriedly been proclaimed one nation at the end of world war 2
Unlike any 100 million plus nation to be- 80% of Bangaldeshi's lived in infrastructure-less vilages and there was no rich expatriate diaspora of the sort that China would soon to race with. It turned out that Bangladesh's one advantage was the government didnt have enough resources to try to offer education in the village. So grassroots village networking of schools using the gandhi-montessorri system started to flourish exponentially. Ironically banagldesh was to import replication of this system just as its freedom was disapperaing from government intervention in India. But the miracle was the cultural connector of the violage schooling system was born out of bottomk-up disater relief organisation. When a extremley local cyclone wiped out half a million people, this bottom-up network emerged as that last resource to connect through - something all the world's interested disaster relief NGOs found to be the only way of assisting.
43 years later the bottom-up disaster relief network that became the schoolng system that regenerated rural breaking through generations of illiteracy has become the world's largest and most collaborative NGO. THE BRAC story is explored here. Next big challenge of pro-youth educational world - will open learning campus of 21st c development economics and millennials' goals will these fully linkin BRAC practical knowhow round the net generation?