The Pledge: ASA, Peasant Politics, and Microfinance in the by Stuart Rutherford

By Stuart Rutherford

The organization for Social development (ASA) of Bangladesh lately crowned Forbes magazine's first-ever record of the world's most sensible microfinance banks. this can be a unprecedented fulfillment for a company that began existence as a innovative circulate aiming to convey a peasant-led executive to the newly created and desperately bad South Asian kingdom of Bangladesh. This e-book tells the tale of ways ASA's decided yet practical-minded founder and chief, Shafiqual Haque Choudhury, prompt his association in the course of the maze of competing rules approximately how most sensible to strengthen negative nations. The ebook units Choudhury's accomplishments within the context of Bangladesh's chaotic yet inspiring postcolonial heritage and is wealthy in its figuring out and outlines of ways traditional village and slum dwellers care for the complex net of politics, overseas donations, and improvement services. The author's lengthy and intimate wisdom of ASA and of Bangladeshi microfinance makes this the best case stories of a improvement association to be had to most of the people.

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This made the language movement the symbol of conflict between East and West. To this day the anniversary of the killings, February 21, is kept as one of Bangladesh’s most important holidays. Other more practical and perhaps more serious grievances, such as the domination by West Pakistan of government employment, lacked the emotional appeal of the language issue. Maulana Bhasani, the Awami League’s first president and the hottest head among its leadership, quickly seized the initiative. He accused the ruling Muslim League of turning against Bengal and of attempting to consolidate power in the hands of the “Paschimas” (the “westies”—an intentionally insulting turn of phrase).

Soon after the war ended, international donors began to support Mujib’s government with ever larger amounts of aid, in cash, credits, and commodities including food. However well-intentioned and necessary this was, it had the effect of aggravating the incipient anarchy, as different groups strove to get their share of this international bounty. The Awami League government was quickly seen to be incapable of (or indifferent to the need for) regulating fairly the flow of aid, and aid-related scandals featured strongly in the many accusations of corruption thrown at politicians and officials at all levels.

In Bangladesh it was mainly the very small Christian community that benefited, when priests brought the message and the experience of credit unions from other countries. ), but funds have grown to the point at which loans of up to 150,000 taka (more than $2,000) are on offer. In some villages the credit union offers a wide range of services, with two or three savings plans (basic plans with open withdrawal, and term deposits with higher interest rates) and several loan types, including immediate-access emergency loans of up to 4,000 taka.

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