Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammed Yunus father of the Grameen Bunk concept will visit Sri Lanka this week to talk on his recent initiative for social business which is based on identifying the basic needs of the poor and helping to address them through non-governmental agencies and the corporate sector.
The visit of Professor Yunus has been organized by the South Asian Policy and Research Institute (SAPRI) which is headed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaiake Kumaratunge.
The Nobel laureate’s main talk will be given at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo on December 9th. This conference beginning at 9.00 am will also be addressed by two senior managers of India TATA group. They will speak on two of the company’s latest CSR projects.
According to SAPRI a think tank which advises national leaders, poverty has been identified as one of the major causes of discontent and conflict in South Asia, home to the largest number of poor in the world- about 600 million, a quarter of the world’s poor. Mrs. Kumaratunga has invited President Mahinda Rajapaksa to be the chief guest at the poverty alleviation conference on December 9.