One reason why Bangladesh may be further ahead in the four meta-partnerships of billion people ending poverty - banking the next billion unbanked, energising the next billion off grid, returning local markets to people who have nowhere to affordably sell however hard or valuably they work, and learning for the next billion who have not had access to job creating education is that it was the first nation to empower poorest women villagers with mobile connectivity, Consequently it has both longest experience in leapfrog innovation and first choice of partners in every extreme innovation social lab. By this entrepreneurial revolutionaries mean innovating economic development partnerships between those with the most extreme communal need and those with the greatest technology or resource.
Interestingly when Bangladesh loses its lead at billion leapfrogging it soon collaboratively partners in such a way that it probably doesnt matter if its first or second
So while many may feel that kenya with mpesa and nanocredit is the world leader in bank a billion , brac (eg bkash.com) and Bangladeshi womens networks (more at our fan club http://www.womenuni.com) have quickly connected with the open tech leaders and analagously replicated their own models
When it comes to billion energy leapfrogging, I feel that Bangladesh's models are exponentially sustaining the most low cost dynamics for a nation who doesnt actually manufacture solar, but again china and Bangladesh can win-win without any logical reason not to
When it comes to ecommerce liberating markets for the poorest, again comments welcome firstname.lastname@example.org searches suggest that jack ma type personalities are way ahead in china - the question of why hasn't Bangladesh joined in jack ma's early invitation to partner about 5 years ago somewhat puzzles me- or maybe progress is going on behind the scenes. Why does Sustainabilty China need BRIC when it could concentrates on win-win trades of BaCh
But This brings us to the last and biggest leapfrog of all which I hope will linkin borderless millennials - job creating learning a billion Its largest because it connects open civil societies through all of the above as well as other practice areas like frugal healthcare networking -a brac origin with its mass movement of oral rehydration; I feel confident that brac is well placed to partner such elearning practice areas as freeing healthcare networks to be by and for all the people. Bangladesh enjoys the right connections in Boston and with Open Society leaders like George Soros- who the search out world leader sn freeing health training, and it does no harm that the current president of the world bank comes from practicing how to empower young professionals to change value chains of health
Why I love maps of leapfrogging is that their economic cases are the opposite of scarcity economics of consuming up things. Leapfrogging values the abundance economic dynsmics of how knowhow muliplies value in use and through open society sharing. This may not be something that national macroeconomists have any interest in but for the erst of the 7 billion people in the millennail generation it can help value all of our livelihhods. Thank you BRAC , and Bangladesh at 44 for the human inspiration.