The US Agency for International Development in Bangladesh announced Tigers cricketer Mahmudullah as their Goodwill Ambassador for youth and development.
The Bangladesh all-rounder, along with USAID, will be involved in engaging thousands of young people by social media and public service announcements on the importance of youth empowerment in Bangladesh, the need to increase education and nutrition for them and reduce gender-based violence.
The USAID has provided more than $7bn in development assistance to Bangladesh since 1971. In 2016, USAID provided nearly $200m to improve the lives of the people in Bangladesh through programmes which expand food security and economic opportunity, improve health and education, promote democratic institutions and practices, protect the environment and increase resilience to climate change.
In a press conference during the signing ceremony, Janina Jaruzelski, USAID mission director of Bangladesh, said, “We know that as USAID’s Goodwill Ambassador, Mahmudullah will help us to ensure that youth are at the forefront of Bangladesh’s development efforts.
“As a national inspiration Mahmudullah will be a powerful force and a role-model for the youth. In doing so he will facilitate USAID in their work to raise awareness and mobilise the youth to achieve core development objectives in Bangladesh.”
In his statement, Mahmudullah elaborated further, “We need to do more to show today’s youth that they have the power to influence their communities and shape the future of this country.
“That is why I consider this partnership with USAID and this opportunity to serve as Goodwill Ambassador is to be a great honor.
“I am looking forward to meeting and raising awareness of our youth about important issues, especially education, nutrition and gender based violence.”
Mahmudullah is one of Bangladesh’s highest profile cricketers. He has contributed much to Bangladesh’s recent successes, leading the team to several victories against global cricket powerhouses. He is also the first Bangladesh batsman to score back-to-back centuries in the history of the World Cup.
USAID/Bangladesh is partnering with Mahmudullah due to his strong record of commitment to Bangladesh’s development, especially with regard to youth empowerment.