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Championing the Yes We Can slogan

BRAC Executive Director of International Programmes Mr. Aminul Alam explains to the Vice President Prof. Bukenya some of the BRAC practical activities as Joseph listens.


On my recent trip to Bangladesh with the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, I realized that Bangladesh is one of the countries which is the most effective champion of the ‘Yes We Can' spirit which is inspired by US President Barack Obama after the President's popularization of the slogan during the 2008 US presidential campaigns.

Bangladesh is blessed with people like Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus Founder of the Grameen Bank and Grameen Foundation and Mr. Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson of Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee(BRAC).

After visiting the different activities of BRAC and meeting with Prof. Yunus, I realized that these people are showing true love to heal their nation and the world by alleviating poverty and empowering the poorest of the poor to create a world without poverty.

Through its years of struggle against chronic deprivation, hunger and injustice, Bangladesh has been home to many innovations in tackling poverty and organizations like BRAC and Grameen Foundation have acted as both initiators and catalyst for many innovations of change.

Their unique, holistic approach to poverty alleviation and empowerment of the poor encompasses a range of core programmes in economic and social development, health, education, human rights and legal services.

With these and many more observations during this important visit, I believe that it's now time for us to realize that development is a gradual process that has to be taken systematically by building large scale, easy-to-replicate solutions to end the cycle of poverty in developing countries around the world.

It's time to give the knowledge and expertise to our people and also create the most effective programs possible so that we can show them “HOW THEY CAN”.

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