Zainab Salbi among leaders to guide 2013 Microcredit Summit agenda

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Zainab Salbi, co-founder of Women for Women Intl, is one of many highly respected, experienced specialists whose expertise will help craft the 2013 Summit agenda [Photo by Rennio Maifredi]

Zainab Salbi, co-founder of Women for Women International, is one of many highly respected, experienced specialists whose expertise will help craft the 2013 Summit agenda [Photo by Rennio Maifredi]

Zaineb Salbi, an Iraqi American writer, activist, and social entrepreneur, is co-founder and Women for Women International. “We can’t see the injustice of women accounting for two-thirds of those living in severe poverty and not do something about it. Strong women lead to strong nations and helping women lift themselves out of poverty is one of the most efficient and practical investments. Women’s issues must be an integral part of this Summit.” Read the press release.

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What Zainab has to say about “Women, wartime and the dream of peace” (TEDGlobal 2010)

“One year of the world’s military spending equals 700 years of the U.N. budget and equals 2,928 years of the U.N. budget allocated for women.”                                                     — Zainab Salbi

One thought on “Zainab Salbi among leaders to guide 2013 Microcredit Summit agenda

  1. it could be useful if womens networks could raise the number 1 question I have learnt from 10 visits to Bangladesh – does a microfinance network sustain an end to poverty in communities unless it designs microfrachises. BRAC and Grameen have designed over 200 microfranchises – that is jobs defined by redesigning value chain so there is minimum risk on the female microentrepreneur provided she works hard and replicates the knowhow needed to deliver quality product or service. The microfinance built around microfranchises ensures that the market channels and the collaboration knowhow (especially now this can be boosted by micro-apps and mobile training modules of the sort the 10th skoll world championship celebrated – search moocyunus ) is on the side of the microentrepreneur unlike banks who put all the risk on the small business borrower.

    Whats interesting to Scottish economists of the Adam Smith job-creating tradition if you go back to 1972 when The Economist first debated the futures of digital networks and whether this entrepreneurial revolution would be designed around the collaboration goal of ending poverty is the conclusion then was we would need to search out over 30000 replicable microfranchises to be shared across global villages (which is always where the first signals of lost sustainability ecological or family raising) are to be valued. 2013 is the 170th anniversary of The Economist being founded to end hunger- why not make sure that job creating economists turn up to this microecreditsummit. There is nothing more joyful than celebrating transparent microfranchises whose sustainability and vital purpose at the community level everybody can mutually audit.

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