13% of humans are white - please don't let their vested interests end our specis---in english speaking world those who have not been censored by politicians have known democracy is useless -nay species terminating - unless big vested interests are kept out of capital cities-see the economist journals on this between 1843-1989 but not since directors included at critical times in 2000s capital one and google no wonder eu and usa have the worst kill rates of their citizens by covid for failing to understand this lesson- meanwhile astra zeneca shareholders should take a class action against every european leader who scapegoats the worlds most affordable vaccine- there has been at least 6 months to model how to distribute vacine- unless eu leaders who have failed their people the euro will become worthless..so much for the real lessons of entrepreneurship which the french said they defined the word around in 1800 but have so utterly failed since their politicians have played big get bigger games with eu and g8. want a second opinion - ask romano prodi why he translated the economist's 1976 entreprenurial revolution into italian or ask george soro why he was the first rich man to support gorbachev and those trying to make the fall of the berlin wall happy for orinary peoples of every place apart from stalinistos or ask pope francis why he lodged a formal complaint against strasbourdg's relenltess destruction of young europeans
astra.place - when european leaders kill their own people with misinformation on astra zeneca- over and over- what will be the punishment? jean monnet must be rolling in his grave at such scary leadership

wish audrey tang's curriculum was celebrated in all schools - and her reverse mentorship paradigm was core to sdg leadership
of europe's top politicians overlast 25 years beggars belief- now killing people through poorly designed random testing of vaccines that delayed roll-out and adaptability to virus variation- previously multiplier of subprime unemployment, destruction of livelihoods at europe borders inside outside eu, destroying a place's peoples opportunity to invest in either relative advantages or their own most entrepreneurial data mapmakers- to discuss rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk - co-organised under 30s cop26 andtenth yearof adam smith scholars journal..

Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,Switzerland, (Turkey), Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City
SPECIAL THANKS 2020 TO EUROPE'S LIVESMATTER.CITY coalition: barcelona rome oxford-glasgow vienna geneva ...q1 when vaccine is born how can it be marketed so 7.5 billion ;;livesmatter? q2 from zoomuni.net- how can students and teachers help celebrate advancing sdgs on 75th year of UN
The Economist's entrepreneurial revolutions 49th annual league table of places sees barcelona and vienna playing most critical roles as tipping points of sdgs collapse unless we get back to understanding 90% of innovations advancing human lot start small deep and long in communi8ty or family lab not 90 day extraction mba thrones.
timelines of worldclassbrands -what if purpose of brand leaders will exponentially determine success or failure of our final 40 year examination in species sustainability -launched in 1988 with a series in the economist - year of brand, death of brand manager- what needed to die as the world united around death of distance technolgues was the advertising paradim of battling for minds with a different brand for every new product and in every different language- what would be the mos importnant new geres of brands? places? faiths? big data local platforms - how would adam smith and james watt quarter of a century 1760-2010 morph into humanising moore machine intel than human as we entered 4G and 5G decades: back in 1960s alumni of moore had promised 100 times more computation power every decade 0g 1970s onwards - thats an exponential of trillion times moore by end of 2030 than needed to code moon landing- such power depended on trust in collaboration around globalistion's most purposeful brand leaders as well as integration of community sized enterprise value chains if sustainabity golals were to be a united reality not just a greenwashing game
universityofstars -what if world class sporting leagues prepped uber champoins- once you're too old to stay top of the pops in sports song or beauty, what if you already know an sdg leader you want to share your and her alumni with
-launched 2004 in delhi with 100- gandhians after seeing some early reality tv competitions as well as writing up 184's story of the critical deadlines of morphing digital and pre-digital media to be the sustainably deepest of both not the socially most trivial -more
27 years of statistical incompetence of euro political leaders beggars belief and will be increasingly deadly - to discuss covid crises, fake banking, fake pece at borders, misvaluation of exponential risks, devil-takes hindmost policies impacting europe's youth rsvp cris.macrae@YAHOO.CO.UK SUBJECT DEADLY POLITICIANS ...Fascinating to track with hudson institute how many european countries have given up with the official advice of mr trump on building g5 and are letting carriers just do it with whomever offers the best deal washington dc technology's biggest leap -breaking 14 nov - many nations and continents are racing into 2020s with probably the biggest innovation crisis ever du8e to greed of governments spectrum auctions at $G #G- failure to let the peoples use 5g video would 5G exist without china -discussion welcome chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk. 1957 JON VON NEUMANN - THE WORLD AND HUNGARIAN AMERUCANS MOST VALUABLE MATHS BRAIN DIES LEAVING AN IMMEDIATE LEGACY OF MOON RACING AND TWO AI LABS -ATLANTIC COAST FACING OUT OF IT BOSTON, PACIFIC CIAST FACING OUT OF STANFORD


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

no country valued fazle abed - a great among servant leaders - more than the netherlands

as scot sir tom hunter once said  in applauding an end poverty pioneer- the least we could do to thank a man like this is to act on what he asks- and yet even in britain the first place to give sir fazle a knighthood and probably aid's biggest investor in his schooling system- public servants never learnt to do what he lived

some notes from netherland journal the fat blue

european students wanting to study fazle abed's life work may well find his college partnership central european university vienna optimal- sir fazle's last world ranked visitor in dhaka ban ki-moon came to dhaka also to linkin brac university with vienna's world leading curricula - global climate adaptability and empowering youth's local to global civic engagement

july 2017

Fazle Hasan Abed: architect of poverty reduction

 6 juli 2017, 09:00

Photo's Fazle Hasan Abed: copyrights by Edwin Venema | De Mooilichterij (www.demooilichterij.nl)
Photo's Fazle Hasan Abed: copyrights by Edwin Venema | De Mooilichterij (www.demooilichterij.nl)

He holds the number 37 position on Fortune’s List of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and has won an incredible number of prestigious awards. He is the founder and chairperson of the world’s largest private development aid organisation, with 100,000 employees in 11 countries and a budget of one billion dollars. He is 81 years old, and his biography reads like an adventure novel. After 45 years, the ongoing success of his NGO called BRAC offers a convincing response to those cynics who declared development aid a thing of the past. His name is Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and De Dikke Blauwe spoke to this architect of poverty reduction during his visit to the Netherlands in mid-June.

The original text was written in Dutch by Edwin Venema
Photos: ©Edwin Venema | De Mooilichterij

English translation by Andrew Rogers, Writewell
2017 Lenthe | De Dikke Blauwe 

Agile mind

Fazle Hasan Abed is briefly in The Hague to visit the Dutch BRAC International satellite and, very smartly dressed, he appears right on time in the lobby of his hotel, less than 100 metres from the seat of Dutch government, where we agreed to meet. Although he now needs a cane to support himself physically, his mind is as agile, energetic and self-mocking as ever. ‘The fat blue’? The quirky name gets a generous laugh. The Dutch have a special place in his heart, he says during the photoshoot: he is a great admirer of both our art and straight-forward mentality.

Accounting in London

Abed was born on 27 April 1936 in Baniachong in what was then still British India. His father Siddiq Hasan and mother Syeda Sufya Khatun ­– who died at the young age of 44 – made sure he received a good education. After attending Dhaka College, Fazle Hasan headed to the University of Glasgow in 1954 at the age of 18 to study naval architecture. Then he went to  London to study accounting.  Soon he was working for royal dutch shell company and his career took off when he was appointed regional ceo for east pakistan

Return to Bangladesh

A. This introduction to the corporate business would define the future course of Abed’s life, which took a crucial turn in 1970. In this disastrous year, nearly half a million of his fellow countrymen and women perished in a catastrophic flood that touched the world. Shortly thereafter, Abed was forced to leave his country when the war of independence broke out. He temporarily moved back to London.  Abed sold his apartment and returned to his new motherland Bangladesh together with many other refugees and exiles.

Echternach procession

Abed decided to invest the money -then about 30000 dollars- from the sale of his London apartment in a fund that would help the poorest residents in his country; initially with emergency funds, and later structurally to help improve their living standards in the long-term. As a home base, he chose remote Sulla in the northeast of the country, and in 1972 established an NGO he called BRAC: Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee. Abed was aware of one thing: it would be a long and difficult battle. And it was and still is today – he emphasises: development aid is like an Echternach procession, in which the steps forward are slightly greater than the steps back.

Shameless self-enrichment

Abed: “When I started BRAC in 1972, my colleagues and I were rookies in the field of development aid. The history of aid in South Asia was brimming with well-intended but hopelessly unsuccessful attempts to help the poor. We were very aware of that and quickly realised the reasons behind it: corruption and mismanagement winning over good intentions. We saw that the local elite – the land owners, profiteering banks, village elders and police, often in collaboration – developed a variety of oblique constructions to steal money from the poorest of the poor. They shamelessly enriched themselves to the benefit of their friends, family and politicians at the expense of progress.”

An idealistic bachelor

Abed’s eyes glow when he talks of the early days: “I was an idealistic bachelor in my mid-thirties, and had the cocky idea that I could develop an approach that would be effective. My friends and family thought I was mad, but I was sure: I can make the difference, mainly based on very down-to-earth management skills. I based this on my knowledge as an accountant and experiences at Shell.”

community dynamics

Abed’s story is the perfect example of development aid which is entirely based on the actual needs of the grantees. A problem found in many types of aid is that it is more of a projection of the do-gooders than a solution to realistic problems. This meant that Abed and his team initially focused on observing and analysing the community dynamics: what are the power relations? Who influences whom? Which factors have the most impact? How and in what stages does the poor-poorer-poorest process work? Armed with this valuable information, BRAC started developing a method that focused on real life problems, culture, relations and gender.

Door to door for ten years

Abed gives an example from the 1970s: “On average women had seven children. We saw infant mortality in Bangladesh going through the roof and recognised that we would never be able to reduce the number of births without first dealing with infant mortality. To achieve this, we invested heavily in providing information on the importance of fluids when dehydrated by diarrhoea, which was the number one cause of death at the time.
“For ten years we went door to door to inform and train mothers. The results? Initially they were discouraging: less than 17% of mothers applied the knowledge and skills to keep their infants alive. But we didn’t give up. Door to door we mobilised the nation. A decade long, until we had reached every household in the country. Infant mortality due to diarrhoea dropped by 80%, deaths of children under five dropped from one in four to 38 in a thousand.”

Giving women a choice

Abed looks at me triumphantly to see the effect of these figures. A light and historically explainable rivalry with neighbour India pops up: “The income per capita in India is twice as high as in Bangladesh, but infant mortality is twice as high there as in our country… Our health care has improved, our food production has tripled, our economic growth is 7% and the average number of children per family has been reduced from nearly seven to two. Yes, indeed: two… When it comes to having children, women now have a choice; a choice which we presented to them on their doorsteps.”

Abandoning failed methods

Now, 45 years later, with his ambition undiminished, Abed is everything but naive: “The world has changed and, in many ways, we have seen significant progress. At the same time, we are still fighting some of the same battles. In particular, the approach to development aid in Africa failed miserably in various aspects during the early years. Corruption is still rife in our society, yet the fundamental indicators of human life have improved considerably. I think that’s because we learned to focus on the right indicators: hard facts and figures, such as the infant mortality rate, the under-5 mortality rate, family incomes and literacy. If we don’t remain focused on these issues – the figures that tell the story of how people’s lives have actually changed – we will never be able to abandon the failed methods from the past.”

Advanced measurement methods

“What ‘works’ in development aid is a question that has to be asked and answered time and again. I am proud that we have been a learning organisation from the start; a group of people who learn from their mistakes. This learning never ends. It’s never ‘finished’. I am happy to see that other organisations are taking a similar path of research and evaluation. New, more advanced measurement methods for the impact of development aid interventions – such as random sampling with control groups – are gradually becoming the norm.”

The attribution problem

Abed fully understands critics of impact measurements and also recognises the dangers of the ‘donor darlings’ when only aiming for results. He is also aware of the so-called attribution problem: how can you determine exactly whether changes are the result of your interventions when they involve incredibly complex chain problems with a seemingly infinite number of variables? Abed: “It’s all true and it especially applies to small organisations with limited interventions. In large, more holistic projects it is relatively easier to measure one’s impact on the aforementioned hard indicators.”

The need for patient capital

Not taking the effort to determine the impact of your interventions based on the complexity or practical issues is not an option, according to Abed. “Before measuring your social impact, it is important to understand that social investments will often not have a direct result. Development markets require ‘patient capital’: money invested based on the concept that a direct financial return doesn’t apply. And sometimes there will not be any profit at all.”

Ecosystem for business

Abed provides an example: “In the 1990s BRAC started investing in maize seed in Bangladesh. The goal was to help smaller, often female poultry farmers with a higher quality animal feed. At the time, the maize market was nearly non-existent: we even had to give smaller poultry farmers a buy-back guarantee to convince them to plant the new seeds. The ultimate goal was to create an ecosystem for business. The maize market in Bangladesh is now up and running, with a large number of private companies – including ours, which is called BRAC Seed – competing for the favour of the farmers. We have thus created our own competition, but in our view, that’s a great success!”

Having an impact

Abed laughs when making that statement. He is familiar with the criticism of BRAC, which in Bangladesh only depends on donations for around 20%, generating the other 80% of income via its own social enterprises and micro-financing. This has become a business model and the development organisation is said to have become too commercial and focused on profit; a concept in line with the image of an out of control aid industry. Abed responds coolly: “All income from our enterprises is returned to our projects. And I personally believe that you must always aim to have an impact, socially and/or financially.”

Blurring boundaries

Chinese walls between pure for profits and NGOs – if they ever existed – are no longer applicable. Abed: “The boundaries between big business and social impact are blurring, partly due to the pressure from corporate shareholders of listed companies to look at sustainability and corporate social responsibility. On the other hand, NGOs and civil society organisations have turned a few pages of the business book themselves, and sometimes function as normal companies with a triple bottom mentality: focus on people, profit and planet.”

It begins with business

“Look, when young people ask me for advice about starting development work, I often say – to their surprise – that they should first work in business for a year or so. It didn’t do me any harm. I was tried and tested as an accountant and employee at Shell, and am still grateful for that today. I learned valuable lessons on how to realise plans in an operationally efficient and large-scale way.”

Income from own activities

The development of various hybrid organisation types, in which business and social impact are linked, is a hopeful one Abed says: “Because you want to generate sustainable impact and not always depend on donors. And let’s be clear: while BRAC is eternally and deeply grateful to its donors, I have always emphasised that we should try to be as self-sufficient as possible. It is no coincidence that the majority of BRAC’s income in Bangladesh comes from our own activities, such as various social enterprises and micro-financing, and companies for textile, seeds and dairy products.”

Revenue models lead to dilemmas

This more entrepreneurial approach also generates intense debates on the course of the organisation within BRAC itself. Revenue models lead to dilemmas, because they often introduce the same perverse stimuli that may easily result in creeping corruption of the initial goals. Abed: “We are currently looking at ways to recover our schooling costs. Our education programmes are self-financed for 35%. Public education in Bangladesh is not especially high-quality and it is mainly the middle class that is willing to contribute to private schooling. Four-fifths of this group is willing to spend a small amount – around 20 dollars a month – on access to our BRAC schools, which have an excellent reputation in the field of primary education. The 20 percent with the lowest income who cannot afford it are admitted for free.”

Dinner with Steve and Laurene Jobs

The success of the BRAC methods developed over the decades and measured independently by prestigious universities in the US and UK. Catching the attention of leaders and businessmen abroad, the UN and World Bank approached Abed with a request to implement the BRAC programmes in Afghanistan after the military invention by the West there. And so he did.
 Abed: “And then I met Apple’s Steve Jobs in 2002 after being on a discussion panel with his wife Laurene. During a dinner at his house, Steve asked me: “How come it took you 30 years to bring BRAC to different countries?” My response: “Bangladesh was my universe for 30 years. I never considered that it could be an export product.” But now I think it might be, partly based on our experiences in Afghanistan. Although we’d obviously have to incorporate changes related to culture and traditions, I believe the basic elements, such as health, nutrition, education, family planning, women’s empowerment and the like are globally applicable.”

BRAC as an export product

Since the start of the century, BRAC has become an ‘export product’. The organisation is currently active in 11 countries in Asia and Africa with social development programmes in the field of education and health, and is working on economic enhancements via micro-credit, savings programmes and social enterprises that should eventually help BRAC become (more) independent of donors.
Abed: “We are not yet well-known in these export countries and still have to prove ourselves. We now primarily depend on donors, but here too we will establish and support small social enterprises – which we initially call programme-supported enterprises – to become self-sufficient.”

Donors remain crucial

Abed suddenly seems concerned that his enthusiasm for these entrepreneurial ambitions of BRAC may give the wrong impression. “I want to underline that the role of donors was and remains crucial. The family planning programme is fully financed by donors, and wouldn’t have been possible without a consortium of donors, led by UNICEF. And UNICEF is also funded by the Dutch!” 

Dutch flavour

The (as yet) modest BRAC International satellite in The Hague also has the task of making the methods of the organisation – which doesn’t have a clear image in our region except among development aid connoisseurs and could be characterised as a ‘sleeping giant’ – better known and to attract potential donors and social investors. The ‘Dutch flavour’ is represented in BRAC’s international Supervisory Board, which includes Sylvia Borren (Director of Greenpeace until September 2016).

Playing the long game

Sir Abed hopes his organisation can interest donors who are triggered by the results – which are independently checked by three prestigious universities – but not the instant results: “We are playing the long game. We hope to convince donors to see our main ambition: banishing poverty worldwide. For the first time in the history of humanity we have a realistic chance to remove extreme poverty from our planet. I probably won’t live to see it, but I believe it’s possible in 30 to 40 years, in line with the ambition of the SDGs. The primary goal is: ‘no poverty’.”

“I could have stayed small and sweet with BRAC, but I’m not interested in small and sweet. I always wanted to be large and impactful.”

►More information: www.brac.net and www.bracinternational.nl

RED: measuring is knowing
The Research and Evaluation Division (RED) of BRAC was established in 1975 and has since developed into a multidisciplinary, independent research unit within the BRAC organisation. The studies and evaluations it performs play an integral role in the development of BRAC activities, monitoring progress, documenting performances and realising impact studies. The findings provide an analytical basis for the programme decisions by BRAC, the option of fine-tuning to enhance performance, and ensure that development aid is evidence-based and effective, as well as aligned to the needs of the target group.
RED carries out research into agriculture, health care, (non-)communicable diseases, education, environment, extreme poverty, food security and nutrition, micro-financing, social development and human rights. Independently and together with renowned academic institutions and international organisations, it also focuses on issues of (inter)national importance. REDs research is used to support the programmes of BRAC International in Asia and Africa.

Monday, July 27, 2020

will eu protect humanity for 3 months nov-feb

ever since my father, the economist's norman macrae,  reported on birth of european union messina 1955 disgusting top-down politicians different ,from the practical eu founders, have failed totally to protect the world leaving everything to usa

if biden is elected the 3 months from late november will be the most dangerous the world has ever faced from hi-tech  bad dictators wherever you think they lurk behind national platforms with or without nuclear or virus weapons

]will the rotten 21st c european union -failed sub prime, failed on policies in south east europe, failed on tech apprenticeships,  faile on ukraine and east europe, failed on infrastructure across eurasia even though it was euro empires that trapped asians in poverty? -  for one quarter puts its arguments with britain and others aside and protect humanity- if it fails every eu leader should face the french guillotine

and what if trump is re-elected - god knows but that will also be in part due to pathetic failure of europe to oppose trump on every lie, every issues of www.livesmatter.city , every failure to share knowhow on virus ...

Monday, July 13, 2020

vienna connections

have started tourbuilder here in 2020 eneter top 10 of livesmatter.city

central european university partof soros osun consortium
ban ki moon - globa; climate adapatability and with former resident of austria global youth civic engagement curriculum

vienna boys choir - wants to fjoin in eg japans www.musicforsdgs.com

at salzburg global salzburg dominic register co-host of first virtual swise connecetd 10 yeras of work at british clouncil - first met when hsotinging yunus 6t9th birthday party

alos this hong kong connection connected cities

Maria Vassilakou

Deputy Mayor and Executive City Councillor at Vienna, Austria

Maria Vassilakou started her political career as Secretary General of the Austrian Students’ Union. In November 1996 she became Member of the Vienna Provincial Parliament. From November 2010 until July 2019 she served as Deputy Mayor of Vienna and Executive City Councillor for Urban Planning, Traffic & Transport, Climate Protection, Energy and Public Participation. She is also the first Executive City Councillor with a migration background. She was born in Greece and migrated to Austria as a student in the mid ’80s. She studied Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Vienna (Magister degree, 1994) and acquired an MSc degree (2019) from the London School of Economics (LSE Cities Programme). In her nine years serving as Deputy Mayor she was responsible for a vast transformation agenda comprising numerous innovative projects. She is currently sharing her know-how and experience with cities working worldwide as an independent consultant.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

france and unesco an unitar?

hard to see if france 5th sdg year is helping practically anywhere with entrepreneurial revolution?  why is it that geneva HQ UNITAR seems SO DISCONNECTED FROM SATCOM ITU< UNCTAD, WHO/RED CRESCENT, SCHWAB IR4- not where we needed to be in 37rth year of the economist's 2025 report


Session 1


Theme: Learning and Training for SDG implementation in the COVID-19 era
Organizers: UNDESA and UNITAR
Key Note Speaker: Professor Fernando Reimers, Harvard University
Welcome remarks by: ASG Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director UNITAR and ASG Ms. Maria Spatolisano (TBC)
From Helena Lindemark to Everyone:  10:13 AM
Hi all from Stockholm, Sweden. Thank you all panelists for excellent presentations. Here is our proposal (developed BEFORE the pandemic) from the 2022 Initiative Foundation to how we can speed up implementation, increase engagement and facilitate the understanding of what the SDGs are about: https://media.2022initiative.org/2019/12/2022_Initiative_flyer_Dec-2019.pdf
From prince Goodluck Obi to Everyone:  10:16 AM
HRM EZE DR Goodluck Obi ---From Nigeria! Hello everyone Nice presentation from Ms Vilileke Jensen
From Mahamat Silim to Everyone:  10:19 AM
Hi all, Mahamat Silim from Chad. UNA-Chad 
From Javier Saenz Core to Everyone:  10:21 AM

If we want to improve human development, publications on development must be in the mother tongues. Not an executive summary but the full text. Language is being a barrier to knowledge for development
From Assumptha parthesarathy to Everyone:  10:21 AM
In India this out of school situation magnifies the learning inequalities among the Dalits particularly dalit women. Learining is lost challenging the progress made so far in this communities.How could we engage in reducing the learning gaps among the marginalised communities other than e resources as they are not access to smart phone or devices.
From Dr. Divya Singhal, India to Everyone:  10:23 AM
rightly said Assumptha… these trying times have made inequality more visible... 
From Mónica Tátá to Everyone:  10:23 AM
the inequalities can be addressed by ways of embracing diversity and inclusion
From Admin to Everyone:  10:23 AM
Thank you professor Pauline Rose for your excellent speech
From Dr. Joel to Everyone:  10:24 AM
Thank you professor Rose for your inspiring and incredible presentation.
From Sanjeeta Dhaka to Everyone:  10:24 AM
I do agree Mr Assumptha parthesarathy, but together we can make it happen 
From prince Goodluck Obi to Everyone:  10:25 AM
GOOD moderation from Lotta Tahtinen
From Dr. Divya Singhal, India to Everyone:  10:25 AM
Agreed Monica... but sometimes you need policy level interventions too... individual efforts and important but right kind of policies and implementation can advance inclusive growth agenda
From Mark Meaney to Everyone:  10:26 AM
My dear Friends and Colleagues, I would encourage you to register for UNITAR's Online Certificate Program, "Toward a Global Ethics for Achieving the SDGs." It perfectly exemplifies Fernando's approach. We have registrants from over thirty countries: https://www.unsdglearn.org/courses/toward-a-global-ethics-in-achieving-the-sdgs/#:~:text=About%20this%20course,skills%20necessary%20for%20SDG%20Leadership.

From purnima to Everyone:  10:26 AM
Totally agree with Ms. Madeleine Zuniga! In India situation is same! Thanks for pointing out about female teachers issues. Even connectivity not only in rural area but in urban area is huge problem
From Javier Saenz Core to Everyone:  10:27 AM

Key information about human development is not reaching citizens, especially those living in vulnerable conditions. Organizations working for human development must make an effort to translate key texts, in full format.
From Sanjeeta Dhaka to Everyone:  10:29 AM
Thanks Mr. MarkMeaney for sharing this important information with us. Sure we will apply for it. 
From Assumptha parthesarathy to Everyone:  10:29 AM
children are not vote banks ,so issues related to children specially are not covered adequately in policy intervention and budget allocation.Also marginalised organisation are very much engaged in immediate issues such as atrocities and violence that are essential and increasing ,the issue of education is less discusses as the priorities not so much for learning
From prince Goodluck Obi to Everyone:  10:29 AM
Absolutely right on my own rating Ms Madelene Zuniga 
From Mark Meaney to Everyone:  10:29 AM
Thank you so much for your kind consideration, Sanjeeta!
From Javier Saenz Core to Everyone:  10:30 AM

Many relevant texts, with strong scientific evidence on human development, are expensive and, in another language, are inaccessible to communities.
From Mahamat Silim to Everyone:  10:30 AM
Chadian women in the conflict cities are facing problems of raising their child, while they do not have any activity that will bring income and take in charge to feed their families, also with this pandemic the situation is become worth than before. so the help of other partner are very importent.
From Joan Kerr to Everyone:  10:30 AM
Having ecology at the centre of an education system is better than having labour at its core
From Dr. Divya Singhal, India to Everyone:  10:31 AM
Yes.. Prof. Zuniga... climate change, inclusive growth should be part of our education... we need to re-work on our curriculum... 
I also believe that we need to have a curriculum that promotes social and emotional learning...Compassion is key
From Kim Smith to Everyone:  10:31 AM
I am looking forward to the launch of UNESCO's new ESD for 2030 framework, with a whole decade focused on how education can be reoriented toward helping achieve the SDGs.
From Online Filipino Youth Action Summit to Everyone:  10:32 AM

syria tasnim reported sense from grassroots - rest seemed very remote from grounded practice