নোবেল জয়ের এক দশক

প্রথম আলো, অক্টোবর ১৪, ২০১৬

নিজস্ব প্রতিবেদক | আপডেট: ০০:০৪, অক্টোবর ১৪, ২০১৬ | প্রিন্ট সংস্করণ

গ্রামীণ ব্যাংক ও এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ড. মুহাম্মদ ইউনূসকে শান্তিতে নোবেল পুরস্কার দেওয়ার ঘোষণা হয়েছিল ২০০৬ সালের ১৩ অক্টোবর। গতকাল বৃহস্পতিবার এ নোবেল জয়ের এক দশক পূর্ণ হলো।
২০০৬ সালের ১৩ অক্টোবর নরওয়ের নোবেল কমিটি শান্তিতে অবদান রাখার জন্য গ্রামীণ ব্যাংক ও এর প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ড. মুহাম্মদ ইউনূসকে নোবেল পুরস্কার দেওয়ার ঘোষণা দেয়। পরে ওই বছরের ১০ ডিসেম্বর নরওয়ের রাজধানী অসলোতে এক জাঁকজমকপূর্ণ অনুষ্ঠানে ড. ইউনূস ও গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের প্রতিনিধি তাসলিমা বেগম এ পুরস্কার গ্রহণ করেন।

An agreement has been signed between Grameenphone Ltd and Grameen Bank

sighning-with-gp-1An agreement has been signed between Grameenphone Ltd and Grameen Bank where Grameen Bank, has opted for complete secured data connectivity solution “GP Connect? under Business Solutions package.

This agreement will allow Grameen Bank to avail cost effective and secured communication solutions for internal data transfer for all area office around the country through Grameenphone Business Solutions. These services availed by Grameen Bank will not only increase efficiency of daily operation but also will ensure faster communication.

Grameen Bank provides financial services to the rural poor of Bangladesh. Those services include loans, saving accounts, pension plans and loan insurance. The overall goal of Grameen Bank is poverty elimination. Grameen Bank provides credit to the poorest in Bangladesh, without any collateral.

Grasighning-with-gp-2meenphone will equip Grameen Bank with cost effective data communication for all its area office across the country. Mr. Abdus Salam, General Manager (Services), Grameen Bank and Mr. Sajjad Alam, Head of Direct Sales, Grameenphone Ltd signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organizations. Mr. Ratan Kumar Nag (Acting Managing Director) of Grameen Bank and Mohammad Baqui Billah (General Manager), Siam ul Islam (Head of NGO Vertical), Khaled Hassan (Zone Manager) Md. Kamrul Islam, Account Manager from Grameenphone Limited was present during the event.

 

Grameen Bank crossed the milestone of disbursing 1 hundred thousand crore Taka loan.

Grameen Bank crossed the milestone of disbursing 1 hundred thousand crore Taka loan on May 31, 2014.  Professor Muhammad Yunus initiated the microcredit program by providing 856 Taka loan from his own pocket to 42 poor people of Zobra Village of Chittagong district in the year 1976.Then from 1976 as an action research project under the Economics Department of Chitttagong University, from 1979 as a special project under Bangladesh bank and since October 1983 Grameen Bank has been running its activities as an institution made by a law. At present, Grameen bank is working in all the districts of Bangladesh and having a number of 86,17000 members.

Since inception to August 31, 2014, Grameen bank has disbursed a total loan of 1, 03465 crore taka. This loan has been disbursed to the landless, asset less and poor village people. Analyzing the loan disbursement of Grameen bank of every five years, it is observed that the loan disbursement amount has significantly increased at every five years. For instance, in August 1999, the total loan disbursement since inception was only 11,910 crore taka which reached at 20,796 crore taka in August 2004, an increase of 8,886 crore taka in total. In the next five years in August 2009 the loan disbursement reached at 47,167 crore taka, a total increase of 26,371 crore taka. In the next 5 years on August 2014 the loan disbursement reached at 1,03,465 crore taka , a total increase of 56,298 crore Taka. Continue reading

Do not misuse term microcredit: Muhammad Yunus

Published: Saturday, Feb 19, 2011, 23:16 IST
By Priyanka Golikeri | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

“People with a motive of making profits should not use the term microcredit to describe their activities,? thundered Prof Muhammad Yunus, often hailed as the father of microfinance.

The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner was reacting to questions by journalists on the commercialisation of microfinance. The Bangladeshi economist said he was dismayed by the commercialisation of the concept he pioneered, whose sole aim is to benefit the poor.

“When we started the concept of microcredit, we didn’t go there to make money. If you want to commercialise this activity, then choose another term to describe yourself. Don’t call yourself a microcredit player,? said Yunus. who started the concept of giving micro-loans to the poor and eventually established the Grameen Bank to give microcredit to the needy.

Asked what he thought about Vikram Akula, founder of SKS Microfinance, Yunus said he was a great person who had started with Grameen, but later he went the money-making way.

“Both our countries need a regulatory authority which can help financial services reach the poorest. The interests of the receivers of microfinance should be protected,? said Yunus, adding that he is optimistic about the Malegam report which has capped interest rates at 24%.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_do-not-misuse-term-microcredit-muhammad-yunus_1510377

Statement of Muhammand yunus at ITU

Winning the ITU World Information Society Award is a thrilling news of a life time. This is a global honour in an exciting area of technology. It is very inspiring. Thank you for choosing me for this award.

I do not come from technology background. I got interested in the information and communication technology (ICT) because I saw this as a powerful new technology which can help the poor people, particularly poor women, out of poverty very fast. I saw how microcredit can bridge the gap between the poor and the ICT. All you need to do is to find a business model where ICT can become an income-generating opportunity to the poor. I tried this through bringing mobile phones in the hands of the poor women in Bangladesh. It worked beautifully. Continue reading

Announcement of the Seoul Peace Prize Recipient 2006

SEOUL (September 6, 2006) Dr. Muhammad Yunus, father of the global microcredit movement andfounder and managing director of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh, has beenawarded the prestigious 2006 Seoul Peace Prize for his decades-long dedicationto fighting poverty with an ingenious micro-credit system and for empoweringwomen as a major player of economic activities in a traditionally male-dominantsociety. Continue reading

The Nobel Peace Prize 2006

nobelprizefor their efforts to create economic and social development from below

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has Announced the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Dr. Muhammad Yunus & Grameen Bank

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts, to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts to create economic and social development from below. Lasting peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy and human rights.

Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader who has managed to translate visions into practical action for the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but also in many other countries. Loans to poor people without any financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more important instrument in the struggle against poverty. Grameen Bank has been a source of ideas and models for the many institutions in the field of micro-credit that have sprung up around the world.

Every single individual on earth has both the potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.

Micro-credit has proved to be an important liberating force in societies where women in particular have to struggle against repressive social and economic conditions. Economic growth and political democracy can not achieve their full potential unless the female half of humanity participates on an equal footing with the male.

Yunus’s long-term vision is to eliminate poverty in the world. That vision can not be realised by means of micro-credit alone. But Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that, in the continuing efforts to achieve it, micro-credit must play a major part.

Yunus leaves for Oslo tomorrow to receive his Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus leaves Dhaka tomorrow for Oslo to receive his prize at the official award-giving ceremony on December 10.

Dr. Yunus will also travel to Sweden and Denmark. In Addition he will visit England and France to attend a number of receptions in his honour including by Prince Charles on December 14 and French President Jacques Chirac on December 16.

Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Channel i will telecast the official Nobel prize-giving ceremony live on December 10 between 6:00 pm and 7:25 pm Bangladesh time. The ceremony will also be webcast live on the Nobel Institute website : www.nobelprize.org.

Grameen Bank board member and borrower, Taslima Begum, representing Grameen Bank, will jointly receive the prize with Dr. Yunus at the ceremony, said a Grameen Bank press release.

Dr. Yunus will also deliver the ‘Nobel Lecture’ at the ceremony to be attended by current and former heads of state and global political leaders, who will later attend the Nobel Peace Prize banquet in the evening.

The King and the Queen of Norway will attend the banquet for the first time in its history.

Prof. Yunus will also attend the Nobel peace prize concert to be hosted by Hollywood Star Sharon Stone, Angelica Houston. Yusuf Islam (Former Ly Cat Stevens), Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red Monica Yunus and Nrityanchal will perform at this concert.

Bangladeshi expatriates in Norway will also organise a programme in Oslo, where the prize giving ceremony will be telecast live for the audience who cannot attend the ceremony.

On December 12, Prof. Yunus will leave for Sweden where he will attend a banquet with the other Nobel prize winners at the Nobel Museum. He will also take part in the historic signing ceremony there.

On December 13, he will meet with the Swedish King and political leaders, attend a lunch and press conference with the Swedish International Development minister. Besides, he will attend a reception organised by the Bangladeshi community in Sweden.

The Nobel laureate professor will travel to Denmark on December 14 to present a speech at the biennial national speech organised by the Danish Council for Development before leaving for England.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, his wife Cherie Blair, British Chancellor of the treasury and the Governor of the Bank of England are also scheduled to meet with Prof. Yunus during his stay in London. He will also attend a reception to be hosted by Prince Charles.

British Baroness Paula Uddin has also organised a reception for Dr. Yunus on December 15 at the British Parliament, where the leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, is expected to attend. The Bangladeshi community in London has arranged a reception on December 15.

Professor Yunus will travel to France on December 16, where he will attend a reception given in his and Grameen Bank’s honour by French President Jacques Chirac. Professor Yunus and Chirac will jointly hold a press conference after the reception.

Dr. Yunus is scheduled to give a number of interviews to the global media, including one to the BBC on December 9, besides participating in a live interactive session with the CNN in Oslo on December 10 after the official prize-giving ceremony.

Professor Yunus will appear on Britain’s TV programme “News Night”, and will be interviewed by British newspapers The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, and France’s Le Monde.

Yunus will be accompanied by his family, Grameen Bank board members, officials and borrowers.

He will return to Dhaka on December 19.

The Grameen Bank Wins Petersberg Prize

Grameen Bank-Village Phone Wins Global Competition for Contribution of Technology to Development

PETERSBERG/Bonn, Germany, June 27, 2004 — Grameen Bank-Village Phone has been chosen from a field of more than 200 nominees for the Development Gateway Foundation’s first-ever Petersberg Prize. The 100,000 euro Prize recognizes Grameen’s outstanding achievement in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve people’s lives.

Grameen Bank, which provides microcredit to poor people, established a program called Village Phone, through which women entrepreneurs can start a business providing wireless payphone service in rural areas of Bangladesh. In doing so, Grameen has created a new class of women entrepreneurs who have raised themselves from poverty. Moreover, it has improved the livelihoods of farmers and others who are provided access to critical market information and lifeline communications previously unattainable in some 28,000 villages of Bangladesh. Continue reading