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Shishu niketon: Home for children

BRAC recently launched the shishu niketon programme, a new initiative piloting as a cost-sharing model of primary education. This programme seeks to target families whose level of income makes them ineligible for BRAC’s existing non-formal primary schools, yet who are unable to afford private schooling.

 

Objectives of shishu niketon

The overarching goal of shishu niketon is to contribute to broader national goal of education, ie, developing human capital and create opportunities for good quality education to the parents who are willing to pay for their children’s education.

The specific objectives are;

  1. Ensuring holistic development of children and preparing them duly for secondary level studies

  2. Maintaining a high completion rate in due time

  3. Enhancing the participation of the parents in school

  4. Making the programme self-sustainable in every aspects

 

Current status
7,390 Shishu Niketon

209,951 students, among whom 50.24% are girls

7,390 teachers, all of who are women

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Imamul recalls himself as a shy student. He was selected as a

mentor in class 6. It was an experience that changed his life.

He remembers, “I changed as a person and my role as mentor

was a big reason”.

Peer mentoring is an initiative that trains proactive and

academically-advanced students as mentors. In the BRACsupported

rural secondary schools, where the initiative runs,

mentors take up various responsibilities, including encouraging

attendance, preventing dropouts, increasing participation in

exams and extra-curricular activities, all the while ensuring

better academic performance among their peers.

Peer mentoring can be helpful especially for younger people

who may need a little extra attention, or those who do not have

a strong support system available to them.

Mentors serve as a resource for students who need guidance

and encouragement. Each mentor works with a group of 7-10

peers. Peer mentoring stresses the importance of collaboration

and team work.

Studying in a school in a remote village that frequently

faced a shortage of teachers, Imamul helped his peers

in subjects like math, science and English. The result

could be seen in his peers’ success in their national board

exams.

Imamul thinks the beauty of peer mentoring is its ‘peer

approach method’, lessons from which are helping him to

this day. Now in college, Imamul still maintains the habit

of helping out his peers. He organises debates and poetry

recitals, extra-curricular that he loved participating in

during his days of peer mentoring.

He hopes that the peer mentoring initiative will expand into the

remotest corners of Bangladesh and continue helping students

find and nurture their potential.

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Her own hero

Alpina Begum lives in Nurpur, a village in the north-eastern

district of Netrokona. By day, she tends to the vegetables and

fruits in her garden and looks after the bull, ducks and hens.

As soon as night falls, she takes out a special bag,

replaces her plain coloured sari with a colourful salwarkameez

and swaps the bucket on her arm for a row

of shiny bangles. Alpina acts in a local theatre group

that regularly travels across the northern villages of

Bangladesh.

On stage, her voice resounds with hope and passion,

about gender equality and social justice. Her

performances speak out against violence against women,

child marriage and the need for all women and men to

come together to build a better society.

Alpina’s colourful stories are rooted humbly to her own

experiences, for she was once on the receiving end of the sort

of violence she emulates on stage. Her husband deserted her

and their three daughters after ten years of marriage, forcing

them to share a single room in her brother’s house. It was

only much later that she realised that the physical abuse she

had endured for so long at the hands of her husband was a

punishable act. There are two reasons why Alpina says she

did not speak out earlier; she was missing the right information

and, more importantly, she was missing a sense of entitlement

to her own rights.

After her husband left, Alpina armed herself with legal

information through one of our village development

organisations and filed a complaint against her husband. She

nurtured her resources and grew her income steadily as an

active participant of the ultra poor programme. Alpina wanted

to give her daughters the gift that she had always wanted -

education. As her small farm and her theatre career flourished,

the first investment she made was to admit her three daughters

in school.

Alpina’s story is one that she crafted entirely on her own. She

continues to touch lives, almost every evening, as she rallies

other women on gender equality and taking charge of their own

lives. On stage, the audience’s eyes shine with excitement and

laughter as she tells her story. At home, her daughters’ eyes

shine with the pride of all those eyes looking up to their mother. 

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We started in 1978,

to create opportunities

for women in rural areas

and to preserve traditional handicraft

methods. We now have a network of

over 65,000 artisans. Our products are

crafted in dedicated rural production

centres and through partnering with

independent producers. We sell them

through a chain of commercial retail

outlets and through e-commerce.

In 2015

i. 194 individual producers and

artisans were trained to improve their

production skills.

ii. Two new retail outlets opened in

Dhaka.

iii. New healthcare and social protection

initiatives were integrated for artisans

and producers at three of the twelve

Ayesha Abed Foundation centres.

iv. Awarded the best brand in the

Fashion Boutique Category by

Bangladesh Brand Forum.

We collect milk from

over 50,000 farmers,

process it into a wide

range of different products, and market

it through a variety of retail channels.

We focus on producing premium

quality products and promoting dairy

nutrition knowledge. We are the

second largest local milk processor in

the country.

In 2015

i. 110 automated milk collection

units were introduced, to improve

the quality and efficiency of milk

collection.

ii. Introduced Laban, a new dairy

drink.

We are the largest

private seed

producer

in Bangladesh. We supply quality

seeds while complementing

government initiatives in agricultural

research, production and distribution.

We work to address food security

challenges and promote good

agricultural practices among farmers,

with a strong focus on research and

development, extensive infrastructure

and specialised staff.

In 2015

i. Awarded the Standard Chartered

Bank Best Agricultural Award

(Support and Execution).

ii. Added wheat and lentil seed to the

current product line.

iii. Introduced 84 community nutrition

scholars to promote nutrition in rural

households.

Fisheries

We create

income-generating

opportunities for rural

communities by using

ponds and other water bodies for

commercial fish farming. We have

acted as a catalyst for attracting private

investment in the pond-fish sector

since the 1990s. We produce and

sell varieties of fish seeds to farmers

through our many hatcheries and

are the market leader for all of the

products we sell.

In 2015

i. New technology was introduced

at the hatchery level, resulting in

the production of tilapia rising to

approximately 100 million (33 per

cent growth compared to 2014).

ii. We released 8 million fish fingerling

in haor areas (wetland ecosystems)

to aid the livelihoods of local

fishermen in collaboration with our

integrated development programme.

Aarong Seed

Aarong Dairy

Chicken

We offer healthy,

convenient food

choices to consumers,

by preparing and supplying dressed

chicken and value-added frozen

chicken products to a range of

institutional clients and retailers.

In 2015

i. Launched the National Hygiene

Drive with Bangladesh Parjatan

Corporation to raise awareness

about hygienic practices within the

food services industry.

ii. Organised the first National Surfing

Tournament in Cox’s Bazar to

empower disadvantaged young

people, especially girls, through

sports.

Sericulture

We started in 1978

to engage poor

rural women in silk

production. Our work spans the entire

silk-making process, from mulberry

cultivation and silkworm rearing to

producing fabric and silk products,

which are sold through Aarong retail

outlets and trade fairs.

In 2015

i. Adopted a new rearing technique,

the ‘shoot rearing system’, for higher

cocoon yield.

ii. Started high-quality bivoltine

silkworm rearing at Sherpur, Bogra.

Sanitary Napkin

and Delivery Kits

We employ over 230

women in producing

hand-made sanitary

napkins and delivery kits, which are

sold to rural households through our

network of over 95,000 shasthya

shebikas (community health workers).

Poultry

Breeding

We ensure higher

earnings for rural

women by supplying them

with high quality chicken breeders.

In addition, we provide farming

knowledge and extension services

through training of vaccinators and

other support services.

Poultry Rearing

We pioneered

organised poultryrearing

in Bangladesh

through producing broiler

chickens and layered eggs for urban

consumer markets. We focus on retail

sales and are a key supplier for the

poultry-based processing industry.

Artificial

Insemination

We began in 1985

as a partnering

initiative

with the government of Bangladesh to

provide people living in poverty in rural

areas with access to better quality cow

breeds. We distribute semen from our

bull station in Mymensingh to depots

around the country, where our network

of 2,500 trained entrepreneurs provide

insemination services to cattle farmers.

In 2015

i. 1,640,102 cows were inseminated,

with a success rate of 70 per cent.

ii. 55 health camps were organised,

where over 100,000 heads of cattle

were vaccinated.

iii. The mastitis control programme

was launched and over 0.9 million

tests were administered.

iv. 153 new workers were trained,

bringing the total up to 2,200.

Feed

We provide high

quality poultry,

cattle and fish feed at

affordable prices for rural

farmers. We also offer knowledgebased

extension services at the

farmer level to ensure the efficient and

appropriate use of feed for production.

Recycled

Handmade

Papers

We employ women to

recycle 60 metric tons of

waste paper per year. We produce

handmade paper and a wide range

of other products, such as envelopes,

photo frames, greeting cards and

gift boxes. Our products are sold to

institutional clients and at Aarong retail

outlets.

Cold Storage

We operate as a

micro-enterprise

venture, supporting

local potato farmers

to store their harvested yields and

integrating them with the potato

processing industry.

Printing Pack

We produce flexible,

high quality packaging

material for food items, fortified healthy

ingredients, processed edibles and

agricultural inputs such as seed and

bio-chemicals for animal husbandry.

Nursery

We provide high

quality seedlings

across the country and

give technical assistance and income

support to small households.

Salt

We were

established in

response to a public

health need – the lack of iodised salt

in the national diet. We produce and

distribute iodised salt through our

network of distributors and community

health workers, with a particular focus 

BRAC MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS
Shameran Abed
Director
Microfinance
BRAC and BRAC International
Abdul Bayes
Director
Research and Evaluation
Division
Tahsinah Ahmed
Director
Skills Development
Munmun Chowdhury
Chief People Officer
BRAC International
Ahmed Najmul Hussain
Director
Administration
Road Safety
Sayeda Tahya Hossain
Chief People Officer
Human Resources Division
Learning Division
Saieed Bakth
Mozumder
Director
Tea Estates
Dr Kaosar Afsana
Director
Health, Nutrition and Population
Programme
Jalaluddin Ahmed
Director
Asia Region
BRAC International
Anna Minj
Director
Community Empowerment
Integrated Development
Gender Justice & Diversity
Faustina Pereira
Director
Human Rights and Legal
Aid Services
KAM Morshed
Director
Advocacy for Social Change
Information and Communication
Technology
Partnership Strengthening Unit
Md Akramul Islam
Director
Tuberculosis and Malaria Control
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Safiqul Islam
Director
Education
Rachel Kabir
Director
Chairperson’s Office
Taufiqur Rahman
Director
BRAC Dairy and Food
Enterprises
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BRAC ORGANOGRAM
As of June 2016
DIRECTORS
Lamia Rashid
Director
Africa Region
BRAC International
Nanda Dulal Saha
Director
Internal Audit
BRAC and BRAC International
Munshi Sulaiman
Director
Research Director
BRAC International
Saif Md Imran Siddique
Director
Finance
BRAC International
Gawher Nayeem Wahra
Director
Disaster Management and
Climate Change
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Adv Syeda Rizwana Hasan
Lawyer Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Chief Executive
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’
Association
Ms Hasan is a lawyer with the Supreme
Court of Bangladesh. She is working for the
cause of environment as the chief executive
of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers’
Association (BELA). Ms Hasan did her
masters and graduation in law from the
University of Dhaka. She is a recipient of
the Goldman Environmental Prize and was
recognised by TIME magazine as one of the
40 Environmental Heroes of the World. Ms
Hasan was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay
Award in 2012.
Mr Adeeb H Khan
Chartered Accountant
Vice President Institute of Chartered
Accountants of Bangladesh
Mr Khan is a chartered accountant
and the senior partner of Rahman
Rahman Huq (Member Firm of KPMG
International). He is a council member
(elected position) of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh
and currently its vice president. He is also
a committee member (elected position) of
the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
and Industry (MCCI), the oldest and one
of the most prestigious trade chambers of
Bangladesh. Mr Khan’s past directorships
include Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the
national Flag carrier of Bangladesh.
Syed S Kaiser Kabir
CEO and Managing Director
Renata Limited
Mr Kabir is CEO and managing director of
Renata Limited. He is also the chairman of
Renata Agro Industries Limited, Purnava
Limited and Renata Oncology Limited.
Mr Kabir is vice chairperson of the Sajida
Foundation and is also on the Board of
Directors of the Global Alliance for
Improved Nutrition. Mr Kabir started his
career as a research officer at the Institute
of Economics and Statistics, University
of Oxford. He moved on to serve as
a consultant at the World Bank from
1991-1993. He was appointed executive
director of the Sajida Foundation in 1996,
and later joined Renata Agro Industries
Limited as managing director from 1997
to 2004.
Martha Alter Chen
Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School and
International Coordinator, WIEGO
Dr Chen is a lecturer in public policy
at the Harvard Kennedy School, an
affiliated professor at the Harvard
Graduate School of Design, and
international coordinator of Women in
Informal Employment: Globalising and
Organising (WIEGO), a global researchpolicy-
action network that seeks to
improve the status of the working
poor, especially women, in the informal
economy. An experienced development
practitioner and scholar, her areas of
specialisation are employment, poverty
and gender. Dr Chen has spent two
decades in Bangladesh and India
working for BRAC and Oxfam America.
Luva Nahid Choudhury
Director General
Bengal Foundation
Ms Choudhury is an architect who was
a part of the Bangladesh Government
service for 10 years and currently heads an
architectural practice in Dhaka. She
is the director general of Bengal
Foundation, a trust that supports and
promotes the arts in Bangladesh. She also
heads ICE Media and Bengal Publications,
both leading publishing houses.
Rokia Afzal Rahman
Vice President, International Chamber of
Commerce Bangladesh
Ms Rahman currently chairs Airlinks
Group of Companies and RR Group of
Companies. She is the chair of
Mediaworld Ltd, and a director of
Mediastar and ABC Radio. As chair of
MIDAS Financing Ltd, Ms Rahman has
initiated loan facilities to several thousand
women. She was a director of Reliance
Insurance and is the former president of
the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
and Industries. Ms Rahman is a board
member of Asian University for Women.
BRAC GOVERNING BODY
GENERAL BODY
The general body of BRAC consists of 33 members. As per the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of BRAC, the
general body elects the governing body.
The Annual General Meeting of BRAC was held in June 2015, in which the general body approved the audited financial statements for the
year ended December 31, 2014, approved the annual budget for 2016, and approved the appointment of external auditors for the year
ended December 31, 2015.
GOVERNING BODY
The governing body of BRAC consists of 10 members. Distinguished professionals, activists and entrepreneurs of excellent repute have
been elected to the governing body, bringing their diverse skills and experience to the governance of BRAC.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Sir Fazle is recognised by Ashoka
as one of the ‘global greats’ and
is a founding member of its
prestigious Global Academy for
Social Entrepreneurship. He was
also appointed Knight
Commander of the Most
Distinguished Order of St Michael
and St George (KCMG) by the
British Crown in 2009, in
recognition of his services to
reducing poverty in Bangladesh
and internationally. Sir Fazle has
received numerous national and
international awards for his
achievements in leading BRAC,
including the World Food Prize
(2015), the Spanish Order of Civil
Merit (2014) and the inaugural
WISE Prize for Education (2011),
the David Rockefeller Bridging
Leadership Award (2008), the
Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian
Prize (2008), the inaugural Clinton
Global Citizen Award (2007) and
the Henry R Kravis Prize in
Leadership (2007).
Ahmed Mushtaque Raza
Chowdhury
Vice Chairperson, BRAC
Dr Chowdhury is also a
professor of population and
family health at Columbia
University in New York. He
previously served as senior
adviser at the Rockefeller
Foundation, based in Bangkok,
Thailand. He was also the
founding dean of the James P
Grant School of Public Health
in Dhaka and served as a
research associate at Harvard
University’s Center for
Population and Development
Studies. He is the co-recipient
of the Innovator of the Year
2006 award from the Marriott
School of Management,
Brigham Young University in
the USA.
Tahrunnesa Abdullah
Social Scientist and
Gender Specialist
Ms Abdullah is an advisor to
Democracywatch and
also serves as the chairperson
of Gono Bishwabidyalay, ASA,
Ain o Salish Kendra and South
Asia Partnership-Bangladesh.
She started her career at the
Comilla Academy for Rural
Development and headed the
women’s education and home
development programme.
She oversaw the development
of the National Plan of Action
for Children 1997-2002, and
has served as chair of
Bangladesh Shishu Academy
and Bangladesh Jatiya Mohila
Sangstha.
Latifur Rahman
Chairman and CEO
Transcom Group
Mr Latifur Rahman is also the
chairman of Nestlé Bangladesh,
Holcim Cement (Bangladesh), and
National Housing Finance and
Investments. Mr Rahman holds the
position of vice president of
International Chamber of
Commerce in Bangladesh. He has
also been elected as a member of
the executive board of International
Chamber of Commerce in Paris.
Formerly the president of the
Metropolitan Chamber of
Commerce, he is an erstwhile
president of Bangladesh Employers’
Federation. Mr Rahman was
chairman of the Trade Body
Reforms Committee and member of
Bangladesh Better Business Forum.
He was member of the executive
board of Bangladesh Bank (Central
Bank). Mr Rahman is an Honouree
of the Oslo Business for Peace
Award in 2012, and was named
Business Executive of the Year in
2001 by the American Chamber in
Bangladesh.
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Debapriya Bhattacharya
Macro Economist and
Public Policy Analyst
Dr Bhattacharya, a macro-economist and
public policy analyst, is currently a distinguished
fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue in Dhaka.
He is a former ambassador and permanent
representative of Bangladesh to the World Trade
Organization offices in Geneva and Vienna, and
the special advisor on least-developed
countries (LDCs) to the secretary general of the
UN Conference on Trade and Development
(UNCTAD). He is associated with a number of
leading institutions, networks and editorial
boards of reputed journals. Dr Bhattacharya
studied in Dhaka, Moscow and Oxford and has
held a number of visiting positions, including at
the Centre for Global Development, Washington
DC. He is the chair of two global initiatives, LDC
IV Monitor and Southern Voices on Post-MDGs.
Sylvia Borren
Executive Director, Greenpeace Netherlands
Ms Borren was a director of Oxfam
Novib from 1994 to 2008. She is a
former co-chair of the Global Call to
Action against Poverty and chair of its
Dutch chapter, EEN. She is a member
and former co-chair of the
Worldconnectors, a Dutch transformative
multi-stakeholder think tank, and is on
the Board of the Forest Stewardship
Council Netherlands. She was previously
a member of the Dutch Government’s
Advisory Council on International Affairs
and also chaired Quality Educators for
All. She was a part of the International
Women’s Commission for a Just and
Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace.
She was also on the board of governors
of the Altrecht Mental Health Institute.
Irene Z Khan
Director General, International Development
Law Organisation
Ms Khan is Director-General of the
International Development Law
Organization. She was Secretary General
of Amnesty International and worked for
the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
for 21 years. Ms Khan is a member of the
World Bank Advisory Council on Gender
and Development. She sits on the boards
of several international human rights and
development organisations. She
received the Sydney Peace Prize in
2006 for her work to end violence against
women and girls. Her book, The Unheard
Truth: Poverty and Human Rights, has
been translated into seven languages.
Shabana Azmi
Actor and Social Activist
Ms Azmi is an internationally-acclaimed
actress who was a member of the Indian
Parliament and a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
She is also a vocal and committed social
activist, undertaking campaigns and
making public statements on various
issues, particularly social justice and the
rights of women. She is a leading advocate
of AIDS awareness in India. Ms Azmi is a
visiting professor at Ann Arbor, Michigan
and has addressed several universities
including Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley,
MIT, University of Chicago, and University
of London.
Quais Shafiq ul Hassan
Managing Director
Echo Sourcing Ltd UK and
Echotex Ltd Bangladesh
Mr Hassan is the managing director of Echo
Sourcing Ltd UK and Echotex Ltd Bangladesh.
Echotex has received Bangladesh’s National
Environmental Award, Metropolitan Chamber
of Commerce and Industry, Dhaka’s
Environmental Award and J Sainsbury plc’s
Corporate Social Responsibility Award in
2010. Echotex was also awarded Best
Clothing Supplier in 2011 as well as Best
Clothing Supplier and Supplier of the Year in
2012 by J Sainsbury plc. He is the co-founder
of Children’s Hope, an NGO that works to
educate slum children in Dhaka.
STICHTING BRAC INTERNATIONAL GOVERNING BOARD
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury Vice Chairperson, BRAC
Dr Muhammad Musa
Executive Director, BRAC
Dr Musa has an extensive background in
leading humanitarian, social development,
and public health organisations in
international, cross-cultural settings. A
medical doctor and a public health specialist,
he has a specialised training in maternal and
child nutrition, and disaster management.
Before joining BRAC, he worked for 32 years
with CARE International as one of its senior
international management professionals.
Twenty of those years were spent working in
Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand,
India, Bangladesh and the Asia region. He
has long experience in strategic leadership,
governing board management, executivelevel
management of large-scale operations,
humanitarian and social development
programme management, and organisational
change management.
Parveen Mahmud
Managing Director
Grameen Telecom Trust
Over the course of her professional career, Ms
Mahmud has invested substantial time in
working with national and international
development agencies. She is a chartered
accountant and was the first woman to be a
council member (2007) and president (2011)
of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Bangladesh. She was also the first female
board member of the South Asian Federation
of Accountants. She was the deputy managing
director of Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation.
She also served as the chairperson of the
Acid Survivors’ Foundation.

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Alibaba founder Jack Ma unveils ambitious plan

Mission: 100 million new jobs

By Dana McCauley


He already runs the world's biggest online shopping company, but Alibaba founder Jack Ma is not satisfied.

The Chinese billionaire has unveiled an even more ambitious plan to expand the company's reach across the globe, creating 100 million new jobs and transforming the global economy to create a more equitable world.

It may sound pie-in-the-sky, but the goal forms part of mission statement of the US$261 billion company's visionary executive chairman.

In a letter to shareholders, Ma outlined Alibaba's achievements of the past financial year - including a gross merchandise turnover of more than $195 billion (1 trillion RMB), an "unprecedented" figure - before looking to the future.

"We have more than 430 million annual active buyers, which means one out of every three individuals in China has made a purchase on our retail marketplaces," Ma wrote.

But, he said, while proud of Alibaba's online shopping achievements, "we want to do far more", saying that the benefits of globalisation had not been spread evenly, but that "digital disruption will bring us closer to a level playing field for young people and small businesses".

"We are not merely trying to shift buy/sell transactions from offline to online, nor are we changing conventional digital marketing models to squeeze out a little additional profit," he wrote.

"We are working to create the fundamental digital and physical infrastructure for the future of commerce, which includes marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing, big data and a host of other fields."

The Alibaba group of companies, founded in 1999, accounts for 60 per cent of all Chinese online sales, and this year overtook Walmart as the world's largest retailer.

 

It has made Ma the second richest man in Asia, with a net worth of US$28.5 billion.

THE NEW 'NATURAL RESOURCE'

It's through cloud computing that Alibaba aims to expand its reach, and the company has been investing in the technology as part of a strategy that sees shoppers' data as the contemporary equivalent of mineral riches.

"Over the next 30 years, with computing power as the new 'technology breakthrough' and data as the new 'natural resource,' the landscape of retail, financial services, manufacturing and entertainment will be transformed," Ma wrote, forecasting a decades-long period of transformation.

"The internet revolution is a historical inflection point, much like when electricity was introduced, and it may have an even greater impact," he predicted.

Alibaba's mission, he said, was to "empower merchants with the ability to transform and upgrade their businesses for the future" and "help companies all over the world to grow".

"We believe, the commerce infrastructure we have created in China - marketplaces, payments, logistics, cloud computing and big data, all working in concert - can be applied on a global scale to lift up small and medium businesses and ordinary consumers around the world."

Eight years after launching, Alibaba Cloud hosts 35 per cent of Chinese websites, while delivering cloud computing and big data services.

'100 MILLION NEW JOBS'

Ma said Alibaba was constantly adapting to the changing e-commerce environment, as staying at the forefront of innovation was key to its continued success.

"In the coming years, we anticipate the birth of a re-imagined retail industry driven by the integration of online, offline, logistics and data across a single value chain," he said.

"With e-commerce itself rapidly becoming a "traditional business," pure e-commerce players will soon face tremendous challenges."

A shift to mobile revenue was one such change, he said, with mobile climbing from a single-digit percentage to three-years of total revenue from Alibaba's Chinese retail marketplaces, in the space of two years.

"This is why we are adapting, and it's why we strive to play a major role in the advancement of this new economic environment," Ma said.

Innovations like Alibaba's Qianniu app, which helps online businesses to improve sales and marketing while enhancing efficiency, were an example of the type of projects the company aimed to focus on.

"In 20 years, we hope to serve two billion consumers around the world, empower 10 million profitable businesses and create 100 million jobs," Ma said, adding: "This will be an even more difficult journey than the one behind us."

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Mr Ma - who's worth around $50 billion - met with John Key in Beijing late yesterday. He made his money through founding the online commerce platform Ali Baba.

Standing alongside the Prime Minister, he heaped praise on the country, which he says is loved by many Chinese.

"At least 20 of my colleagues retired from Ali Baba. They're all very young, in their 40s, they all go to New Zealand."

"I asked what they do apart from the golf and green things and they say it's the people there."

It wasn't all social, with the Chinese billionaire also talking business.

Jack Ma told the entrepreneurs luncheon Kiwi businesspeople find it difficult to access the Chinese market.

Mr Ma said he wants to make that easier with his multi-platform organisation.

"We have Ali Baba University. We would either have courses in New Zealand or invite the entrepreneurs in New Zealand to stay in China for two weeks for training."

"The second is that we're going to open an Ali Baba business embassy next year in New Zealand."

John Key is in China meeting business and political leaders.

 

 


Innovation "Made in China" - The Case of Alibaba and the role of Net-based Small Business

Innovation is a key driver for economic development and social progress and small business is one of the best ways for people to express their willingness and capability to innovate.  Pervasive business ownership has, therefore, been the foundation in many societies for the continued improvement of people’s economic wellbeing. In the People’ Republic of China, however, private business ownership was prohibited between 1957 and 1978. Productive innovations were extremely restricted and as a consequence, China’s economy was on the verge of collapse by the end of 1978. The Chinese people had suffered a historic setback.

Alibaba’s growth, driven by unleashing grassroots entrepreneurship, has become an exemplar of China’s innovation in the 21st century.  Started by 18 young people in 1999, Alibaba has grown into a giant global internet platform and has made many invaluable contributions to China’s progress. Highlighting the importance of pervasive small business ownership in unleashing grassroots innovation and improving economic wellbeing, Professor Lowrey will discuss Alibaba’s innovative strategies and explain the economic theory behind its inspiring success.

 

 

 

Dr. Ying Lowrey is Professor of Economics at Tsinghua University and Deputy Director of the Tsinghua Research Center for Chinese Entrepreneurs, and a member of the Academic Committee for Alibaba Group Research Institute. Her teaching and research interests include economics of innovation and entrepreneurship in the internet and platform economy, the modern microfinance market, business demographics, characteristics of business owners, and the role of free enterprise and competition in the macroeconomy. 

She received her economics Ph.D. from Duke University, economics MA from Yale University and mathematics BS from Wuhan University. Before joining Tsinghua University in 2012, she served as senior economist at the Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and has taught economics at George Washington University and San Diego State University.

 

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Founder of Ali Baba commits his work for Chinese on internet to generate 100 million microentrepren…chris macraeNov 23, 200950 views

Founder of Ali Baba commits his work for Chinese on internet to generate 100 million microentrepreneur jobs in 2010s - who else would you vote at the centre of 100 million job creation leagues?
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unlike oiher years spent with bangaldeshi inspired youth, i spent 2015-2016 mainly with a class of chinese female students - what brilliant minds and tirelss sources of human energy - i hope this summary of why the whole world can celebrate what jack ma is doing is near to the mark - but as always look forward to editing any errors which are mine alone
chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk washington dc text 240 316 8157
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was english language tutoring

In 1995 he was sent to the usa on an exchange mission and encountered the worldwideweb - then unknown in China. He determined the www would be the biggest job creating innovation of his (or his generations) life and hopefully of every Chinese entrepreneur he could valuably link into.

Over the next 15 years his wizard coding teams went from something that was little more than an electronic yellow pages for small businesses to conceiving sustainability generation's 2 greatest retailing platforms china or the world may ever have seen..

the taobao platform is the most valuable job creating concept retailers have ever mediated because it reverses the western trend of globalisiation of retailers, bankers and big corporations squeezing out local and small enterprises from having a market; how taobao did that is an extraordinarily detailed story but note how Ma was concerned to ensure even the most cut-off of Chinese villagers could start up on tao bao (rural ecommerce is one of the innovations that Ma has led the www purpose to linkin)

His other mall was pitched at the more usual high cost fashions of big global merchandisers. Because of complex property laws in chinese cities, most expensive retailers are not much of a joy to shop in. So ali baba created a lifestyle -eg celebrate singles day 11/11 shopping virtually rather than the physically exhausting interaction in The West's biggest shopping days of the year)

SO 365/24/7 consumers of ali baba can choose who they value developing most with their purchasing power as well as searching merchandise with global image or local cultural joy

Alibaba has become china's and probably the word's largest retailing channel. It does this with next to no merchandise but brilliant coding so that every store front on its platforms delivers with equal reliability. Hunting out exactly how Ma forms partnerships so that big data analysis benefits the smallest enterprises and most local consumers ought to be a job of whomever is sustainability goals greatest economist.

Intriguingly to ensure he could compete with the chinese internet companies that raced to co-create the www that Ma had opened space for in china, Ma IPO'd Alibaba through a process 2010-2015 while developing his secret sustainability weapon under private ownership. AlIpay is china's number 1 financial inclusion delivery system and maybe global youth most humanly productive coding achievement to date.

Comparing china's top 10 internet properties with the west's is very interesting. Are the consuming behaviours on ali baba more sustainable than those on amazon or ebay or paypal? Are the learnng behaviours on baidu more sustaining of youth than on google or coursera or microsoft's linkedin. Time will tell but note how speaking english, chinese and coding (as well as mother tongue) are probably what educators anywhere on planet earth should NOW be most valuing their global youth's future freedom to thrive entrepreneurially around.

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