Remembering Sir Fazle Hasan Abed KCMG

বিশ্বের বিভিন্ন প্রান্ত থেকে মানুষ স্যার ফজলে সম্পর্কে তাদের স্মৃতি এবং অনুভূতি শেয়ার করেছেন। কিছু বার্তা এখানে দেয়া হলো।

Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

I am very saddened by this terrible news. I only met Sir Fazle once but had tremendous respect for his vision and drive to change the life of all those who are left behind, in Bangladesh and beyond. Please accept my very sincere condolences and may the extended Brac family carry on his legacy with the same commitment and success. Pascale De La Frégonnière, Executive Director Cartier Philanthropy

Pascale De La Frégonnière

স্যার ফজলে হাসান আবেদ এর প্রয়াণ: একটি নক্ষত্রের পতন

স্যার ফজলে হাসান আবেদ এর মৃত্যুতে আরডিআরএস পরিবার গভীর ভাবে শোকাহত। তাঁর অনুপস্থিতি শুধু ব্র্যাক নয় গোটা জাতির জন্যই বয়ে আনবে এক বিশাল শূন্যতা। তিনি ছিলেন আমাদের অনুপ্রেরণার উৎস ও পথ চলার শক্তি। আরডিআরএস এর পক্ষ থেকে আমরা "আবেদ ভাই" এর পরিবার ও ব্র্যাক পরিবার এর সকলকে জানাই আন্তরিক সমবেদনা। আমরা তাঁর আত্মার মাগফেরাত কামনা করছি।

সৈয়দা রিজওয়ানা হাসান, আরডিআরএস

His was a very inspiring story

I wish to express my condolences for the loss of BRAC’s founder, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. His was a very inspiring story and one that serves as a good model for the rest of us I was impressed particularly by the fact that he built BRAC in such a way that it is not about one individual, and his unending conviction that lives can be changed no matter how difficult the circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with the BRAC family, may his soul rest in peace.

De Evans

Sincerest condolences from the WISE team

It is impossible to overstate the contributions of Sir Fazle to the work of poverty alleviation and development both in his native Bangladesh and around the world. BRAC, the organisation that he founded in 1972 with proceeds from the sale of his London flat, has now grown into one of the world’s largest and most effective non-governmental organisations with activities across the full spectrum of social development including education, healthcare, and microfinance. As recently as 5th September 2019, the Economist reported that “BRAC has about 100,000 full-time staff, 8,000 of whom work outside Bangladesh. In 2018, it lent money to almost eight million people and educated more than one million children across Bangladesh and 10 other countries… It is also one of the world’s best charities.” It is estimated that in the course of its nearly 50 year existence, BRAC has benefitted in excess of 100 million people worldwide. BRAC’s success owes much to the character and ethos of its founder. As noted by Ms Ameerah Haq, Chair, BRAC Global Board, “Unfaltering dedication, focus and work ethic are what we have always experienced in Sir Fazle, or Abed Bhai, as the BRAC family calls him lovingly. He always put others before himself and let his work speak for itself. Even when BRAC attained its global stature, his concern and focus were on the less fortunate in society and those whose potential needed nurturing. He embodied the highest level of integrity, humility and humanity, which continues to be the essential guiding spirit of BRAC.” In building BRAC, Sir Fazle was able to attract top talent from some of the world’s most prestigious private sector organisations, evidence of his ability to inspire, and instil a sense of purpose amongst his colleagues. At WISE we were privileged to have Sir Fazle as our inaugural WISE Prize for Education Laureate. It is no secret that in accepting the Prize he set a very high benchmark for us to fulfil during our now biennial deliberations. In accepting the Prize, Sir Fazle spoke about the centrality of education in addressing issues of inequity around the world, and issued a call to action to ensure universal access to quality education. Notwithstanding considerable personal and professional success, I always found Sir Fazle to be humble and approachable, and happy when asked to offer sage advice and counsel. Although we will miss him, we remain committed to our shared goal of building the future of education as a means of achieving a more peaceful, prosperous, healthier, and fairer world. On behalf of the WISE Team, I extend our sincerest condolences to Lady Abed, his children and grandchildren, and his extended family at BRAC. May they find solace in their memories of him and in the knowledge that his was truly a life well lived.

Stavros N Yiannouka

Respect for you Dear Abed Bhai

I never got an opportunity to work with you closely but I feel proud to work for BRAC, to be a part of the dream you had dreamt of. I hope that we, let you rest in peace and do the work on behalf of you, for the betterment of the society as well as the human being.

Khondoker Sharmin Alam

Condolence

Respected Sir Abed, peace be upon you. We would like to express our deepest condolences for the passing of Sir Fazle Hassan Abed, founder and Chair Emeritus of BRAC.

Subarta Trust

A most generous mentor

Fr. Richard Timm sent a 22-year old kid on his first visit to Bangladesh in 1978 to learn at BRAC HQ and I have been learning ever since thanks to Abed, Mushtaque, and the many BRAC staff I have had the pleasure of meeting. Thank you Abed, for all you have given to the materially poor in Bangladesh and throughout the world and to all of us!

Michael Bowler

Goodbye to a great man

This death of Sir Abed (Bhai) has left me deeply grieved. He was last seen in 1991 at Cox`s Bazar of Bangladesh. I have been involved with BRAC for a long 7 years working. He appointed me since December 1988. I express my condolences to BRAC Family here as well as Bangladesh,

Prasun Kanti Talukdar

He put his intellect, heart and soul in his work

I was very sorry to learn about the passing of Sir Abed. I have had the privilege to work with him relatively closely when I was a member of the advisory board of NGO Forum, which he chaired at that time, and I was always impressed with the way he had not made BRAC great but also put his intellect, heart and soul in development work in Bangladesh in general. A person who will be duly missed, both by his family, his colleagues and the world at large. Best regards to you all and best wishes for 2020.

Carel de Groot

Celebrating Abed Bhai’s life

I first went to visit BRAC in the mid ‘80s when I was with ActionAid India. Given ActionAid’s long history of working on quality education, I went to understand how BRAC had managed the trade off between scaling up and quality in their non formal education centres. The quality of their thousands of non formal centres was super impressive. And from there began my admiration for Abed Bhai’s challenge to Schumacher’s “small is beautiful” approach. We met occasionally but every interaction was a true inspiration as an institutional and model builder, at a scale that was incomparable. The world and all of us interested in poverty and justice are poorer without him. But at times like this when we have authoritarian leaders in most of South Asia, he brings hope to all of us.

Salil Shetty

A warm and humble human being

I was deeply saddened when I learned that Abed has died. He gave me so much inspiration and a deep sense of purpose in life. It has been a privilege to have known him, not just as a brilliant development thinker and manager but also as a warm and humble human being. It was in June 2017 in the Hague, that I saw him for the last time. He was then kind enough to invite me and my wife for the dinner party at Pulchri Studio. A few years before that, I took Abed to an exhibition of Matisse, the famous French painter/designer, which he thoroughly enjoyed, as he was taking pictures of almost all paintings. The first time I met Abed was in August 1979, when BRAC had its offices still at New Circular Road. I will never forget that. Nor will I forget the very personal attention Abed has given me all these years (even beyond my NOVIB time) and the tremendous development BRAC underwent since then. I wish all BRAC staff, especially the old hands, all the strength to overcome this loss.

Peter De Haan

My deepest condolences

Dear BRAC Colleagues and Family of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed: My deepest condolences to you for the passing of Sir Abed — a great loss for the development community, BRAC, IFPRI and Compact2025, Bangladesh, and the world. IFPRI has been fortunate to have benefited from a long-term friendship with Sir Abed through our early partnership with BRAC and more recently when he served as both a member of IFPRI’s 2020 Advisory Committee and Compact 2025 Leadership Council. We were lucky to have had him attend and give speeches at many IFPRI conferences and workshops — where he enlightened participants with his Insights. We benefited tremendously from his experience and leadership skills in establishing the world`s largest NGO dedicated to helping poor and hungry people in the developing world. My colleagues and I were so pleased when he was awarded the 2015 World Food Prize - and well-deserved recognition of his incalculable contributions to reducing hunger and poverty. I am so pleased that his legacy will continue on through the many researchers at IFPRI and throughout the world, who he has inspired to dedicate themselves to making the world a better place through evidence-based research. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. We will miss him.

Shenggen Fan

A great leader

Lovely tribute to Abed as a person: As a leader, Abed had humility but with confidence. It was never about himself, or his own ego, but he had the confidence to start untested interventions and the confidence to stop failing programs. In so many organizations, there is an inability to stop or change failing efforts. And to make space for innovation, one had to give up failing activities.

Lincoln C Chen

He is still alive in our hearts

A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts and minds, through us, they live on. Please accept our condolences, he will not be forgotten with due respect to – Sir Fazle Hasan Abed.” – Founder of BRAC. As a partner of BRAC, we (UCEP Nepal) are and will be joining hand to move in the footsteps that you had shown us.

Bipin Acharya

I will continue to tell people about Sir Fazle

I first learned about BRAC and Sir Fazle Hasan Abed in 2009, when I applied for a Fulbright senior scholar position at BRAC University. On learning about it, I realized I would be working at a very progressive and humane institution. I was further convinced when I met BRAC English teachers and visited English classes. The students, most of whom were well-off, were not only learning to think critically, but were also asked to remember the people at home who cared for them, encouraged to tell them that they were loved! The English language program (now under the auspices of BIL), staffed by such competent and caring teachers, was ably directed by Sarwat Abed, who befriended me and helped me shape my goals in line with the needs of the department. She also made sure to invite me to the annual luncheon held at Savar and to which Sir Abed invited representatives from donor countries to thank them for their contributions to the University and other BRAC programs. Two years later when I was working for the US Dept of State at AIUB, I was invited again to Savar for lunch, and was personally thanked by Sir Abed for the work I had done with the BRAC teachers during my earlier visit. I knew Sir Abed personally only slightly, but I came to know him through the work I learned about when I interviewed staff about their projects, and when I worked with teachers on their curricula, their lesson plans, and the brochure they wanted to use as outreach. Knowing the man and the organization, I found Bangladesh, to be a country rich, not only in culture, but in the conditions that allow such a life-affirming institution to prosper and human potential to be realized. Yet, unfortunately, when I tell other Americans about my experience in Bangladesh, and about Sir Abed, they may just find me hard to believe, never having heard of BRAC or Sir Abed. Ever since reading of his death a few days ago, I have been thinking about all those with whom I became acquainted during the times I was a consultant and had a chance to renew my acquaintance with the Abeds and make other friends. I wish to extend sympathy to all those people, especially Sarwat and Faheem. and I will continue to tell people here about that remarkable person and the institution that reflects his humanity and his genius.

Elizabet Platt

His days on this earth were not in vain

Words can not express how saddened we are to hear the death of our founder Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. Sir Abed has lived a very successful life, because someone who has changed the lives of others made them someone in society, and has made an impact in their lives, has lived a successful life, his days on this earth was not in vain. Thanks for his Mission and Vision.May his soul rest in perfect peace.

Jacqueline Nimely

Thank you for everything that you have taught us

One unforgettable quote from Abed bhai that will stay with me for a lifetime: "Women in Afghanistan are extremely well-educated." When I first heard him say this, I knew exactly what he meant. In an environment of conflict, women in Afghanistan find a way to survive and raise children. This is one of the reasons why empowering women is so central to everything that BRAC does. This quote also inspired my wife and I to give our newborn daughter an Afghan name. May he rest in peace. Thank you for everything that you have taught us.

Malik Rashid

The world lost a leader

Today the world lost a leader, and the poor and vulnerable lost a friend who waged a war against poverty. People speak of Bangladesh’s great achievements in lifting the poor from poverty: The power of women’s groups, the redefining of education services, innovations in health, microcredit and credit writ large, nutrition and early childhood....an unending story of development and prosperity. Bangladesh is exemplified by BRAC — the world’s most impactful development organization — and BRAC was Abed Bhai (although Abed Bhai will remind us that BRAC is everyone of Bangladesh’s poor). Abed Bhai single handedly helped lift Bangladesh out of poverty. Such was his impact. And, at a time when we needed it the most, he gave our nation hope and an identity of pride and purpose. All, quietly and with humility that defined Abed Bhai. Today’s recognition of Abed Bhai will pale in comparison to what history will one day say about him. Sir Fazle Abed, as he was known globally, never saw the fight against poverty as a mission of charity or philanthropy. His was a crusade to build a platform of dignity and prosperity where the poor took charge of their own destiny. I often say that non-state organizations can innovate; but without the State, innovations cannot be scaled up. Abed Bhai proved us wrong. He often said “Small is beautiful but big is necessary.” And, he led an organization to impact at scale — through BRAC, with and without the State, and well beyond the boundaries of Bangladesh. Abed Bhai, yours was a journey in this world that few will be able to match but millions will be inspired to follow.

Junaid Ahmed

Tribute to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

It was shocking news indeed to hear that Abed Bhai was no more with us and for a moment I thought he has passed away but at the same time when I looked into my diary, the Logo of BRAC was shining there. This was a revelation to me that Abed Bhai was not a person, but an institution that has deep roots in the communities and will always blossom with the prayers of these needy communities. What I feel is, that he traveled from this world to the eternal world to get the reward for what he has done for the most marginalized and needy persons here. God bless you with Jannah dear Abed Bhai.

Sirajud Din

He was, he is and will always be a true source of inspiration

Salam from Afghanistan! To begin with, a true leader never dies. He may not be among us anymore; yet, his vision, mission, wisdom, thoughts, and insights will last forever. He was, he is and will be a great leader and a true source of inspiration for people like myself. I wish I had met him in person before he left us. Secondly, I was deeply saddened as well as felt broken when I heard this sad news. Death is the ultimate destination. Being a Muslim, we believe in the fact that "Every Soul Shall Taste Death". In the next hundred years, all of us living in this world will be gone, just at different times. Perhaps, some of us sooner than the others. However, lucky and fortunate are those who leave behind a legacy to be remembered by people. Thirdly, I know we are all mentally and emotionally broken. Therefore, I would like to take the time to offer my heartfelt condolences to all of us, especially to his respected family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace! May Allah heal our pain and give us the guts to withstand this terrible ordeal. Ameen!

Murtaza Haidary

We will never forget his humanitarian services

It`s a big loss. I extend my condolences to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed`s family, friends and all BRAC staff around the globe. He was the founder of a great idea to serve humanity, crossing borders to serve the people of Afghanistan. We will never forget his humanitarian service. May God have mercy on him. He was a model of humanity and respect for human dignity. Such humans do not die. Because they laid the foundation for an idea. The idea of empowering humanity. We are all responsible for continuing this idea and striving to create a world free of poverty, illiteracy, and violence, regardless of geographical boundaries, ethnicity or gender. My message is the message of an Afghan citizen. A citizen who appreciates Sir Fazle Hasan Abed’s humanitarian service.

Arefa Paikar

The world has lost a global leader

I was deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed. The world has lost a global leader, and we have lost a long-standing partner and a cherished Human Capital Champion. Sir Fazle worked tirelessly for a better world, one that is more equitable and where people`s potential is fulfilled. Under his leadership, BRAC has transformed the lives of so many children, women, and families in Bangladesh and around the globe. While his loss is felt by all of us in the development community, we are certain that his legacy and his vision will live on in the work of BRAC and will inspire many more to act to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. On behalf of the staff of the World Bank Group, please convey our sincere condolences to his family and the BRAC community.

David Malpass

We extend our heartfelt sympathies

On behalf of the Government of Canada please accept our condolences. We were deeply saddened to learn about the death of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and Chair Emeritus of BRAC, one of the world`s largest and most influential non-governmental organizations. We understand that the BRAC - Queen`s University Teacher Training and Educational Technology project dating back to the late 80s was BRAC’s first partnership program. Canada is honoured to be one of Sir Abed and BRAC’s longest-standing partners. Under Sir Abed`s outstanding leadership BRAC became the world`s fastest-growing non-formal education program for disadvantaged children. In 1994 Queen`s University awarded Sir Abed with an honorary doctoral degree (Doctor of Law) in recognition of his outstanding contribution in promoting education for the poor and out of school children in Bangladesh. As one of the main architects for human development and social change in this century, Sir Abed was a truly remarkable man. His creative approach to problem-solving benefitted millions. Recognizing the incredible impact of BRAC’s programming, Canada was pleased to support BRAC’s initial expansion outside of Bangladesh with education, health, and other key programs in Afghanistan and some African countries. Canada recognizes Sir Abed’s outstanding contributions to reducing poverty in Bangladesh and internationally and is pleased that Abed’s legacy of improving the lives of millions will live on through our continued partnership with BRAC. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Sir Abed’s family and to all those who knew and loved him.

High Commission of Canada to Bangladesh

We will continue to work towards his vision of creating a better world for all

I am writing to express not only our sincere condolences on behalf of IFPRI as an institution, but my personal heavy-heartedness over the loss of Sir Abed. I am deeply appreciative of Sir Abed’s bold commitment to creating a more just, fair world for everyone. As he has motivated me and countless others who are already on the frontlines of change in Bangladesh and beyond, I am confident that his heart for the work has compelled an entire generation of future leaders to follow the same path. He will surely be missed and the world is a much better place because of him. We will continue to relentlessly work towards his vision of creating a better world for all and upholding his profound legacy.

Akhter Ahmed

You will be my inspiration to work against gender inequality

প্রিয় আবেদ ভাই, ব্র্যাকে যোগদানের পর থেকেই আমি আশায় ছিলাম আপনার সাথে দেখা হবে। আপনার জীবন দর্শন, মূল্যবোধ, পৃথিবী বদলে দেয়ার রূপকল্প নিয়ে অনেক কথা শুনব ও প্রশ্ন করব বলে ভেবে রেখেছিলাম। আপনার কাছে আমার অনেক কিছু জিজ্ঞাস্য ছিল, অনেক কিছু বোঝার ছিল। কিন্তু আপনার সাথে সরাসরি কথা বলার সুযোগটি চিরতরে হারিয়ে গেল। তাই আপনার মূল্যবোধ ও জীবন দর্শনকে উপলব্ধি করার মত জ্ঞান ও শক্তি যেন পাই এই প্রার্থনাই করি এখন। আপনার নারী-পুরুষের সমতা প্রতিষ্ঠার “unfinished agenda” কে সমাপ্ত করার জন্য কাজ করে যাচ্ছি এবং সারাজীবন কাজ করে যেতে চাই। আপনি বেঁচে থাকবেন আমার অনুপ্রেরণা ও পথ প্রদর্শক হয়ে। তাপসী রায় জেন্ডার লীড, মাইক্রোফাইন্যান্স

Taposi Roy