Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan's Innovations Have Gone Viral: His Efforts for Poverty Alleviation Have Inspired a Movement that is Changing the World
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More About This Title Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan's Innovations Have Gone Viral: His Efforts for Poverty Alleviation Have Inspired a Movement that is Changing the World


“It is not enough to say that he [Dr. AH Khan] was a great man. He was one of the great human beings of the past century. He was so much ahead of everybody else that he was seen more as a ‘misfit’ than appreciated for his greatness…We have a lot to discover and a whole lot to learn from him.”

― Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan was the founder of the Pakistan (now Bangladesh) Academy for Rural Development (BARD) at Comilla and the Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) in Karachi, Pakistan. He was an innovator with respect to various models of participatory development, self-reliance, and microcredit/microsavings, and his name is synonymous with these concepts.

Dr. Akhter Hameed Khan’s Innovations Have Gone Viral is written by his nephew (scholar and historian Nasim Yousaf) and published to mark the 100th birth anniversary of the world-famous social scientist. The article sheds light on Dr. A.H. Khan’s innovative methods and their broader impact on the worlds of poverty alleviation and rural development. Dr. Khan’s work inspired many disciples and followers, who have since received prestigious awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize and the Magsaysay Award (considered Asia’s Nobel Prize). A large number of other organizations around the world (including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founded by American billionaire Bill Gates and his wife) support initiatives that have either leveraged or replicated concepts initially pioneered by Dr. Khan at the Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD, Comilla Cooperatives) and the Orangi Pilot Project. Indeed Dr. Khan’s innovations have truly gone viral.


Nasim Yousaf is a scholar and historian. He has thus far published 14 books and numerous articles (which have appeared in newspapers in many countries, including Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Pakistan, India, Japan, Norway, United Kingdom, and the USA) and has presented his works at conferences in the U.S. His works have been published in the journals Harvard Asia Quarterly and Pakistaniaat (USA) as well as in the World History Encyclopedia (USA). He has also compiled a rare and historic collection of a newspaper entitled Al-Islah, which was launched by his grandfather, Allama Mashriqi, in 1934. His books and other works are important contributions to the historiography of South Asia. He is currently working on additional books and articles.

His published books include:

1. Mahatma Gandhi & My Grandfather, Allama Mashriqi: A Groundbreaking Narrative of India’s Partition
2. Dr. Akhtar Hameed Khan - Pioneer of Microcredit & Guru of Rural Development
3. Allama Mashriqi Narrowly Escapes the Gallows
4. Hidden Facts Behind British India’s Freedom: A Scholarly Look into Allama Mashraqi and Quaid-e-Azam’s Political Conflict