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New investments approved at the 34th Social Business Design Lab

Yunus Centre Press Release Ms Parveen Mahmud, Managing Director, Grameen Telecom Trust (GTT) signed an MoU with Md.Golam Mostofa, Executive Director, SDRS for the establishment of a solar energy social business. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, chairman GTT is also seen in the picture. Photo: Nasir Ali Mamun/ Yunus CentreThe 34th Social Business Design Lab took place on 27 October 2014 at the Grameen Bank Bhaban. Hundred and four participants and observers from national and international organizations including Larry Reed CEO of the Microcredit Summit Campaign, Washington DC, a high level team from Medtronics, USA, JICA from Japan, Coders Trust, Denmark and the FAO attended the event. There were also students from Malaysia, Japan, China, Denmark and India at the event. The design lab was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus who opened the lab with a welcome to the audience present and those who participated via live stream from 70 other countries. Professor Yunus updated that a total of 404 social business projects presented in the earlier 34 design labs, have been approved for investment, with most already in operation. At the lab, six new social business plans were presented. Among them were four Nobin Udyokta businesses by young entrepreneurs who are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers. These are Jessore Palli Mela of Mrs Nasima Akter; a social business to sell different textile items, Shameem Doormat Factory by Mr Mohammed Shameem to produce using waste materials from garments factories, Rubel Store by Mohammed Rubel for trading in grocery items and Monir Metal workshop by Monir Hossain Khan.

Yunus Launches Mary Robinson Centre in Ireland

Yunus Launches Mary Robinson Centre in Ireland

Former President Mary Robinson invited Professor Muhammad Yunus to inaugurate the Mary Robinson Centre and deliver the inaugural human rights lecture of the Centre on October 17, 2014 in her home town of Ballina in County Mayo, 234 km west of Dublin. In the photo, Ms Robinson and Professor Muhammad Yunus stand beside the official plaque of the Centre on the house where Ms. Robinson was born and spent her childhood years. This building has now been donated to the City Council of Ballina and converted into a public building. (Photo: L. Morshed/ Yunus Centre)

 

 

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was invited by former President of Ireland and former High Commissioner for Human Rights to inaugurate the Mary Robinson Centre and deliver the inaugural human rights lecture of the Centre on October 17, 2014, in her home town of Ballina, County Mayo, 234 kilometer west of Dublin. President Robinson and Professor Yunus drove together to Ballina and visited the home where President Robinson was born and grew up as a child. This home has been donated by the family to the City Council and converted into Mary Robinson Centre for human rights, equality and climate justice.

 

Bangladesh Youth Delegation Leaves for Dublin Summit

Bangladesh Youth Delegation Leaves for Dublin Summit

Bangladeshi delegates for One Young World Summit 2014 with Professor Muhammad Yunus at Yunus Centre. The delegates will leave Dhaka for Dublin, Ireland on October 15, 2014.

A team of ten bright young Bangladeshis are travelling with Professor Muhammad Yunus to attend the One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland from 15-19 October 2014.

The One Young World, founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson, is a UK-based non-profit organization that gathers together the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.

Yunus meets German President

Yunus meets German President

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus and German President Joachim Gauck at the 50th anniversary of Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin on Thursday.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was in Berlin to speak at the 50th anniversary of Robert Bosch Foundation, one of the leading foundations of Germany, on October 16. German President Joachim Gauck, a former East German civil society activist, was the chief guest and key note speaker on the occasion. The theme of the 5th anniversary celebration was Shaping the Future: The Role of Civil Society.

Dr Gerd Mueller, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the new Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi also spoke at the two-day conference in Berlin. Bosch Foundation plans to promote social business in its future programmes.

Yunus Social Business Centre at University of New South Wales

Yunus Social Business Centre at University of New South Wales

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Professor Les Field, Vice-President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of University are seen holding up MOU signed between Yunus Centre and University of New South Wales on October 10 to set up Yunus Social Business Centre at the University in Sydney.

 

 

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus visited Australia between October 8, 2014 to October 11, 2014. Professor Yunus was invited as the Chief Guest at the 10th Annual Conference of the Bangladeshi Architects in Australia. This year’s conference theme was to ascertain ways of having a more socially responsible role for architects. The conference was held on October 9, 2014 at the Syndey Opera House. Speakers in the event included, honorable senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Social Services. The senator read out a message from the Prime Minister of Australia, honorable Tony Abbott MP welcoming Professor Yunus to Australia and thanking him for his initiatives in eradicating poverty worldwide. The organizers also hosted a dinner in Canberra which was attended by Australian parliamentarians, ministers, diplomats, academics and professionals from the Bangladesh community.

During Professor Yunus visit to Sydney an announcement was made by University of New South Wales of the opening of Yunus Social Business Centre at the university. An MOU was signed between Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and Professor Les Field, Vice President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales to this effect. The centre will work on promoting the social business concept as well as its practice as a way to tackle social problems. While at UNSW, Professor Yunus participated at a round table discussion organized by Impact Investing Australia, Centre for Social Impact at UNSW.