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And what is Ijtema?

Mr Forhad is tilting his head and gently brushing one hand with the other. He’s worried. I’m not, I have [...]

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Foucault and Yunus

A man reaches into a tin of condensed milk and scoops a gooey dose into a small glass cup of [...]

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Rewind: Centre 21 – Wednesday Jan 13

In a small tin shed at Khorkhiri, Rajshahi, the women are wearing heavier shawls today as I watch them do [...]

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Wandering in Gulshan – Fri 22 Jan

I need a walk and head for Gulshan, round the lake, past the local man suckling his cows, training an [...]

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The End of Basic Training

I’m saying goodbyes, my work here is done. The 26 questions of the training course and my endless rounds of [...]

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Images of Bangladesh

For a few of the hundreds of images gathered over the last wee while, visit here.

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Sign your name

Signatures are disappearing. We are now our passwords. Yet most Grameen women when they join the bank cannot sign their [...]

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Fast Forward – Alone in Dhaka – Fri 15 Jan

The muezzin, dogs and chickens wake me at my hotel and I try to catch yesterday before the tide of [...]

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Are you liking the Bee Gees? Mon 11 Jan

A duck sits in the middle of a pond.  A drake approaches the duck and slides a little clumsily into [...]

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Sunday with Grameen – Jan 10

Sunday is a day of rest.  Not in Rajshahi.  Here it is the first day of the working week.  We [...]

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The Centre Chief’s Workshop

We’re in the Zonal Manager’s ‘jeep’, a Nissan Patrol, heading 80kms cross country to Nattore district for a centre chief’s [...]

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The silence of Abdullatif

Abdullah’s (the second manager) father is visiting from his town not so far away in Rajshahi division.  He wears a [...]

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The Thane of Rajshahi

Or ‘The Return of Mr Salam’ … The word goes out that the ‘zonal manager’ is coming. Again! Only 2 [...]

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Centre 17 – Rajshahi – Thurs 7 Jan

Our van is here. Yunus and I finish our breakfast of instant coffee (was I ever happy to see Nescafe?), [...]

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Visiting Centre 25 – Rajshahi – Wed 6 Jan

A man appears on a bike, with a wooden tray on the back, which here is called a ‘van’. The [...]

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Muslim Chinese

When was the last time you discussed whether there was somewhere to pray in a Chinese restaurant? Yunus, my translator [...]

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Hello from Rajshahi

I am in Rajshahi right now at a tiny internet cafe at the university. It is an ancient old thing, [...]

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Food Chain

In Rajshahi, you can see everything you eat, breakfast lunch and dinner. The rice, the potatoes, the chicken, the cauliflower, [...]

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Grameen and Time

There is a sense of mission about Grameen workers that mocks the claims to motivated and inspired businesses elsewhere. Yet [...]

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Day Two – Village Day Trip

The dogs beat the muezzin to wake me early. It’s freezing. Not the mild 24 degrees advertised Bangla winter. The [...]

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    Aknorm, duck eggs and microfinance, Siem Reap, 2008.