Author Talk — "Hope Over Fate: Fazel Hasan Abed and the Science of Ending Global Poverty"


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium and Zoom

Hope Over Fate Book Cover

Fazle Hasan Abed may be the most influential man you’ve never heard of. 

A former finance executive with almost no experience in relief aid, he founded BRAC in 1972 aiming to help a few thousand war refugees. A half century later, BRAC is by many measures the largest nongovernmental organization in the world — and by many accounts, the most effective anti-poverty program ever.

Its scale is massive, with 100,000 employees reaching more than 100 million people in Asia and Africa. BRAC seems to stand apart from countless failed development ventures; and Abed’s methods changed the way global policymakers think about poverty. 

Join us as we welcome Scott MacMillan, author of “Hope Over Fate: Fazel Hasan Abed and the Science of Ending Global Poverty,” and representatives from BRAC on campus to share the untold story of one of the world’s most successful NGOs and the man behind it all.



About the Author

Scott MacMillan is the director of learning and innovation at BRAC USA, an affiliate organization of BRAC, where he has worked since 2011. A former journalist, he served as the speechwriter of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of BRAC, prior to Abed’s death in 2019.

About BRAC

BRAC, originally the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee, was founded 50 years ago in Bangladesh in the wake of a war that secured the nation’s independence and a devastating cyclone that left it paralyzed. From those humble beginnings, BRAC has evolved to become the world’s largest Southern-based international development organization. 

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This event is being co-sponsored by the Pulte Institute for Global Development, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.

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