Bangladesh’s Telephone Lady Programme Found Place at National Museum of Scotland

Yunus Centre Press Release

A visitor at the Village Phone display at the National Museum of Scotland

Dhaka, 21 July 2016
National Museum of Scotland located in the city of Edinburg, Scotland has opened ten new galleries in 2016 and one of them is on “Telephone Lady” of Bangladesh. The exhibition was officially launched on July 08, 2016 under the Science and Technology gallery.

National Museum of Scotland reached out to Grameen Telecom in February, 2015 with their interest in Village Phone. Grameen Telecom sent case studies,  newsletters, guide book and a range of equipments that was being used by a Telephone Lady during 1997 to 2000 to operate her phone business. The display includes Nokia handset, GSM Tester and a Signboard Stand.

Grameen Telecom launched its fascinating program, Village Phone on March 26, 1997, with a vision to bridge the technological gap between urban and rural Bangladesh through affordable mobile technology. This program was uniquely designed only for Grameen Bank borrowers. This is recognized the Museum as a significant breakthrough in technology to be recognized by the Technology Museum.

7th Social Business Day: Postponement / Cancellation

Postponement / Cancellation of 7th Social Business Day

With a very heavy heart we announce the postponement/cancellation of the upcoming Social Business Day which was to be held on July 28-29. We also postpone/cancel the Pre-Meeting of Social Business Academia Conference which was scheduled to take place on July 30.

The reason for all this postponement/cancellation is the barbaric attack and killing by a terrorist group of 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, in a restaurant in Dhaka. This attack has highlighted the focus of the terrorists on foreigners. Bangladesh is going through the trauma of this incident.

After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone/cancel the event.

Yunus Portrait Unveiled at Glasgow

Yunus Centre Press Release (30 june 2016)

Glasgow, 30 June 2016

Professor Yunus at the unveiling ceremony of a portrait of him. The portrait was commissioned by Glasgow Caledonian University of Scotland and painted by the celebrated Scottish painter Gerard Burns.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, who has just turned 76, addressed members of the prestigious Royal Society of Edinburgh. Royal Society of Edinburgh is a prestigious society of top academics of Scotland established in 1783. The society members or fellows, of which there are currently around 1600, includes academics from a wide range of disciplines - science & technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service. Professor Yunus delivered his speech to a packed audience where he highlighted the challenges, societies across the world, are facing due to wealth concentration and poverty. He talked about solutions to these challenges through social business and how it is being adopted in different countries including Bangladesh.   

Statement from Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus on terrorist attack on innocent people in Dhaka on July 1 evening.


Yunus Centre Press Release (July 2, 2016)

I am shocked by the barbarity of the terrorist attack on innocent people in Dhaka on July 1 evening. I express my heartfelt condolences to those, far and near, who have lost their loved ones. and wish their souls to rest in peace.

I cannot think of such attacks taking place in Bangladesh. I always believed Bangladesh to be a tolerant liberal country. We must do soul searching on how this breeding of violence began in our country. We want to create a society peacefully shared by everyone,with everyone having their space, having the right for all to express their views freely, without fear or social or official constraints. We want to be part of an emergent new world of equality and dignity.

We also want to promote the same values internationally. I appeal to all nations to work to bring lasting peace in Middle East. Violence, military or terrorist, can no longer be can contained in one country or region. We are seeing this everyday,and must wake up to the fact that violence in one place breeds violence even in remotest places of the world. I plead to the powerful nations please overcome differences among yourselves to bring peace in the Middle East so we have better chances of peace in our cities and communities around the world. I urge the civil society leaders to bring pressure on relevant parties and super-powers to stop violence and to go to the negotiating tables to bring immediate peace in the Middle East.


President Aliyev of Azerbaijan Receives Muhammad Yunus

Yunus Centre Press Release (June 21, 2016)

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev receiving Nobel Peace Laureate Professor  Muhammad Yunus at the Presidential Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday 18 June 2016. Professor Muhammad Yunus is currently on a three day visit to the country.

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev received Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus at this Palace on Saturday 18 June 2016, on the very first day of Professor Yunus' three day visit to the country. Professor Yunus briefed the President about the recent developments in social business across the world. President Aliyev lauded the contribution of Professor Yunus in alleviating poverty, and discussed specifically what role social business could play in his country.

On Monday, Professor Yunus delivered the keynote speech at an international conference at Azerbaijan State Economical University (UNEC) on “Social Business - The Way To Development”. Ministers, parliament members, deputy speaker of the parliament, bureaucrats of the country, academic delegations from Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Georgia participated in the conference. tellyseries