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Re-Post: The Nobel winner who wanted to make poverty a museum piece

In Economic Justice, Housing, Immigration, International politics, International Public Health, International Trade, Labor, Laws & Regulation, Progressive Politics on October 15, 2006 at 11:50 am

From The Guardian…

Back in 1999 I interviewed the Nobel peace prize winner Muhammad Yunus while in Bangladesh to report on development issues. I left with a lasting impression of a humble, compassionate man with a quiet confidence in the ability of himself, his Grameen Bank colleagues and society as a whole to change the status quo in real and practical ways. These qualities are I suspect often found in people who have directly challenged unacceptable aspects of humanity. For Nelson Mandela it was apartheid, for Mahatma Gandhi it was self-rule, for Prof Yunus it is poverty.

He told me that he had a dream of setting up a museum of poverty; a building where the children of the future would go and marvel at the phenomenon of poverty. They would ask questions which couldn’t be answered: “There was great wealth and prosperity and everyone was splurging, so why were others poor and dying?”
To see his ideas in action, I visited a group of women in rural Bangladesh who had taken out Grameen Bank loans…

The rest is here.

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