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What the Anwarul Quadir Foundation has put in motion is transformational – it has pushed forward the frontiers of development possibilities by drawing in a world of innovative ideas for Bangladesh and, in so doing, will improve the lives of people who live in poverty and deprivation.

Fazle Hasan Abed
Founder and Chairperson, BRAC
In the spotlight
November 14, 2008 | Winner of the 2008 Quadir Prize Essay Competition Announced!

Harvard Press Release in PDF

A successful Innovative Bangladesh Conference 2008!

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October 15, 2007 | Winners of the 2007 Quadir Prize Essay Competition Announced!

AQF Press Release in PDF
Harvard Press Release
Harvard Press Release in PDF
Winning Essay- S. Ahmed
Winning Essay- A. Telesetsky

April 5, 2007 | Quadir Prize featured on BBC Radio

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About AQF

The Anwarul Quadir Foundation (AQF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes economic development and social justice in Bangladesh by encouraging innovations that empower its citizens. Specifically, the Foundation offers awards to innovators who conceive of practical ways of improving the lives of low- and middle-income Bangladeshis. In addition, it fosters discussions on Bangladesh that may lead to relevant innovations in governance, commerce and technology, contributing to the country’s social and economic progress. More broadly, the solutions we identify may also be applicable to problems faced by the poor in developing countries throughout the world. All of our programs seek to set a positive and problem-solving tone with regard to discussions involving Bangladesh, and other poor countries experiencing similar development challenges.

About Anwarul Quadir

Anwarul Quadir (1920-1972) was born in Narail, Bangladesh, and practiced law in the neighboring town of Jessore from 1954 to 1972. He believed deeply in a socially just and economically progressive country, and in the power of ideas and individual initiatives to achieve those ends. Ideas, innovations and initiatives that would improve the lives of his fellow men and women were near and dear to his heart.

His beliefs inspired his children, who emigrated to the United States for higher education after his tragic death in 1972. The Anwarul Quadir Foundation, established in his memory, was incorporated in 2004 by his children and their friends. Its goal is to promote new ideas and innovations that will bring about the kind of social contributions that he had envisioned for Bangladesh.

Our Approach

While the Foundation stimulates innovations through awards, the Foundation does not participate in the process that selects award recipients. The Foundation sets the criteria and enables independent, reputable institutions to select the winners.

The Foundation, its board of trustees, its board of advisors or members of the Quadir family have no influence in the award selection process.

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