Yunus nominated for World Information Society Award |
Prof Muhammad Yunus, managing director of Grameen Bank, has been nominated for the World Information Society Award 2006 by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The ITU also nominated Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade for the award to be presented in Geneva, Switzerland, on the first World Information Society Day on May 17, 2006, to mark the inception of the ITU in 1865.
"The ITU World Information Society Award 2006 is presented to two distinguished and eminent personalities who have furthered the cause of building a more inclusive and equitable Information Society and helped close the digital divide," said an ITU statement.
The award has been created to honour individuals or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, building, or strengthening a people-centred, development-oriented and knowledge-based information society.
Dr Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered micro-credit for the rural poor, has successfully addressed the issues of poverty eradication and development.
By providing GrameenPhone service in the rural areas of Bangladesh, he has also empowered a new class of women entrepreneurs and single-handedly transformed the information and communication landscape in Bangladesh.
President Wade has earned worldwide acclamation for his vision and dedication in promoting the digital solidarity agenda that led to the creation of the Digital Solidarity Fund.