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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.

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.

Women at the center of economic activity

In the last 60 years or so, we have seen capitalism reach its peak. We have seen the socialist economies fall away and move rapidly toward capitalism. This has undoubtedly brought unprecedented wealth and prosperity in many parts of the world and to many people. At the same time, millions if not billions, have been left behind.

We have seen the deep financial crises grip world economy since 2008 and we have seen huge numbers of people becoming unemployed even in the so-called prosperous countries of the West.

These crises and the resulting social problems starkly show-up the failings of the global capitalist system. I believe these crises give us an opportunity to design things for the better.

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.

Women at the center of our economic activity

Women-at-the-center-of-our-economic-activity

A beneficiary of a microfinance project in Vietnam. Grameen Bank, a social business that makes microcredit available, proved that women are bankable.

 

In the past 60 years or so, we have seen capitalism reach its peak. We have seen the socialist economies fall away and move rapidly toward capitalism. This has undoubtedly brought unprecedented wealth and prosperity in many parts of the world and to many people. At the same time, millions — if not billions — have been left behind.