He’s an economist, a banker and the man who developed the concept of microcredit. Mohammad Yunus set up the Grameen bank in Bangladesh more than 30 years ago, and in 2006 they were jointly awarded the the Nobel Peace Prize. In simple terms the concept he dreamt up was to loan small amounts of money to entrepreneurs, too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. His view was that rural poor people had skills that with a little financial backing could help lift them out of poverty. He also strongly believed that people from a poorer background were more likely to repay their loans.
Archive for February, 2009
These aren’t great times to be a boss. Most companies in the world are feeling the pressure of the global economic downturn and they people in charge of them aren’t winning any popularity contests. We’re inviting company bosses from all over the world to come on today’s show and tell us about their experiences of these tough times. Should we all be better at acknowledging the role that these people played in creatign wealth for all of us? Continue reading ‘On air: Are we too quick to blame the bosses?’
DATES IN THE DIARY
Ros: We’ll be at WeMedia in Miami in March (week of 8th). And on an east London estate talking about the Olympics on 3 March.
It’s a tough one, and a quandary being faced by employers all over the world. The money isn’t coming in, so what do you do? Take out a loan you might never be able to repay? Drop your staff to four day weeks? Or lay off some employees to save the jobs of others?
Continue reading ‘Part-time or part-pay? What would you do to keep your job in a recession?’
“I believe that the historical evidence is strongly against, is hugely against 6 million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler”
Most historians believe 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson doesn’t. He thinks – or at least he did- that “just” 300 thousand died, and there were no gas chambers.
As a result, he’s been kicked out of Argentina , where he ran a seminary, for having” “deeply shocked Argentine society, the Jewish people and all of humanity”.
It was born out of the events of September 11th 2001, the day that many people said changed the world forever. It’s without question a place that has caused huge controversy with men being held for years on end, with no trial, and many claiming to have been subjected to horrific torture both at the camp and in other countries around the world as part of extraordinary rendition. Continue reading ‘On air: Has Guantanamo proved its worth?’
Cerrie Burnell is a BBC children’s TV presenter whose shows are aimed at the children from one year’s old. She was born with one hand and some parents are complaining that it is scaring their children. It’s started a debate around this one story, but also about whether young children should be sheltered from some disabilities. Are we scared of disability?
Albert Einstein was one and some say Abraham Lincoln was too, but do Atheists have it tough?
Well according to the National Federation of Atheist, Humanist and Secular Student Societies, they do. The new organisation was launched yesterday in London with their president saying that “the secular traditions of this country are being openly challenged on all sides”.
Continue reading ‘On air: Do religious people get preferential treatment?’
This is Baroness Warsi, a British Conservative Muslim peer.
She’s opened up a debate about polygamy, saying that “cultural sensitivity” stops politicians dealing with it.
“Europe Today” will be looking at the issue later…