Bangladesh: Burning Inside

Asif Saleh writes about a tragic fire in the congested old Dhaka last week where more than 100 people died. He points to issues in building codes and the lack of proper medical facilities to care for the wounded. As you read his accounts, try to think about how philanthropy can address these issues.

Blocking of Social Networks Affecting NGOs?

The Nonprofit Social Network Benchmark Report, released in March 2010, surveyed 1,173 nonprofit professionals about their organization’s use of online social networks. I wonder how Bangladesh’s blocking of Facebook and YouTube will affect nonprofit groups working in or fundraising for Bangladesh.

A Floating Future for Bangladesh

Abul Hasanat Mohammed Rezwan, an architect who started the ingenious concept of the “floating schools” project in northeastern Bangladesh, has set up a fleet of 45 boats, that serve as mobile classrooms by plying through the rivers and canals to reach the disadvantaged children on the river banks.