Rural Community Development

My life: Muhammad Yunus

Photo: The New York Times

The Nobel laureate and microfinance pioneer tells Charley Lanyon why the job of proving people are more than money-making robots has fallen to our children.

Sunday, 7 October, 2012, 12:11am

End the money addiction, HK told

Hong Kong needs to end its obsession with making money if it is to get to grips with poverty, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus says.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

How green is their valley

Ark Eden is about a 45-minute walk from the Mui Wo ferry pier. You'll pass village houses, vegetable plots, babbling streams, hanging vines and lianas, huge black spiders sitting on silver webs, frogs croaking under enormous leaves and village dogs ambling along happily with their tails in the air.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Land privatisation the best solution

Increasing numbers of people are moving to China's cities, but that does not mean farmers have any less need for land. With a population of more than 1.3 billion, agricultural output needs to be maintained and strengthened. Affluence is accompanied by changing and more sophisticated tastes, so farms need to diversify and adapt.

17 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

More money for science, technology in farms plan

Investment will be boosted in agricultural science and technology, including seed breeding and farm machinery, in the coming year to increase production amid rapid urbanisation, state media reported.

29 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Farm seizures sow seeds of social unrest

A recent survey of residents in rural areas shows that 70 per cent of farmers are unhappy with their socio-economic situation, according to a report in the Beijing-based Outlook Magazine.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Let's seek joint solution to waste problem

Like your correspondent Michael Lewis ('Draw up delta refuse strategy', April 5), I have often wondered why the Environmental Protection Department cannot think outside the box when it comes to solving our waste management problems.

9 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Woman's death during protest 'an accident'

Henan authorities say the death of a 38-year-old mother of two who was crushed by a digger while protesting against a construction project was 'a simple accident'.

Li Li's death on Monday morning sparked national outrage after footage, shot by a witness on his mobile phone showing how she was hit by the digger, was circulated widely on the internet.

7 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Managing housing

Housing issues in Hong Kong are complex, and involve legal and town planning. The department of public and social administration at the City University offers a master of arts degree in housing studies to provide a high level of professional training for managers in the housing-management sector.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Children can change the world

Kids4Kids is hosting a forum, Powered by Youth, for secondary students on Saturday.

One of the speakers is 15-year-old Talia Leman from Iowa in the US. Talia is the CEO and a founder of RandomKid, a non-profit organisation that provides project management services to youth aid projects in 20 countries.

15 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Leap at this opportunity

Here's a chance to brush up on your persuasive writing and analytical skills. Leap Studio Ltd wants a Young Post Junior Reporter to cover a course introducing students to the mainland microfinance group Wokai.

12 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Learn about genius of microfinancing

Here's a chance to brush up on your persuasive writing and analytical skills, while learning about world issues. Leap Studio Ltd wants a Young Post Junior Reporter to cover one of their courses. In this course, Leap will introduce students to the mainland microfinance group Wokai.

11 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Conscious capitalists look beyond profit

Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus made a big social impact by helping small businesses. In 1974, with the country battered by a string of catastrophic famines, natural disasters and a devastating war of independence, Yunus sowed the seeds for the microfinance movement by extending small loans to village women making handicrafts.

10 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Filmmaker plots new life as a farmer

Lejen Chen was born in Taiwan, grew up in New York and now lives in Beijing. Twelve years ago the independent filmmaker worked in the United States, but she has now become a 'Beijing peasant' in the suburbs, planting vegetables and raising cattle on her organic farm.

26 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1. How is Grameen Bank different from Equity Bank?

a. Grameen is based in Africa, Equity is in India

b. Grameen relies on donations, Equity is a commercial operation

c. Grameen finances the middle class, Equity services the upper class

13 Jan 2009 - 12:00am