Country: Pakistan

Shad Begum is planting the seeds for a grassroots women’s movement in the isolated tribal areas of Pakistan where men determine women’s mobility, visibility, and voice. Using group activities and micro-credit to empower women, Shad builds their capacity to become politically active and run for office, thereby gradually supplanting the male-led jirgas—illegal, self-authorized local councils—...

Country: India
Organization: Pragat Shikshan Sansthan

Maxine Berntsen is an American-born linguist who moved to India in the early 1960s, settled in Phaltan, Maharashtra, and became an Indian citizen. She is launching a model preschool and follow-up supplementary education program for poor small town and rural children, and is beginning systematically to reach out from this base to the dispirited public primary school teachers. She's also...

Country: India
Organization: Institute of Peace Research and Action

Professor Susheela Bhan is working through government schools in war-ravaged Kashmir to forge a new nonviolent identity for citizens based on common secular and pluralistic traditions. Her method uses the very institutions and persons most seriously damaged by the conflict to address the confusion and hostility that continue to erode Kashmiri society.

Country: India
Organization: IIMPS

In response to the absence of support for the impoverished elderly in India, Gautam Bharadwaj has designed a new system that helps low-income workers financially plan for old age throughout their working lives. Gautam has created the policy and institutional architecture needed to make financial security in old age a reality for the poor. 

Country: India
Organization: Satark Nagrik Sangathan

Anjali is creating the first centralized and publicly available accountability metrics for legislators in India. In collecting and organizing information on government performance she is redefining the way that people interact with their representatives by giving them the platform from which to advocate for change within their own constituencies. As more citizens gain access to information...

Country: India
Organization: Doodhatolli Lok Vikash Sansthan

Sachidanand Bharati, a key Chipko activist and environmental crusader, is organizing women into groups of green police, the Mahila Mangal Dals, to create and manage "forests of water" in the drought hit Himalayas. His water management system combines traditional methods found throughout India with new, homegrown techniques and aims to halt the famine and degradation of forest lands in the...

Country: India

A firm believer in the participatory approach to service management systems, Ashok Bharti is founding community-based cooperatives as an alternative distribution mechanism for electricity to reach India’s slum dwellers.

Country: India

Mihir Bhatt is redefining disaster mitigation by viewing it as a continuous process of social development and community participation rather than as a short-term rescue and relief effort. His organization, the Disaster Mitigation Institute, is addressing disaster risk management from the victim’s point of view and introducing a long-term social security component in the process.

Country: India
Organization: RACHNA

Manoj Bhatt is creating an income-generation based model of conservation which will generate supplementary cash income for rural families as well as revenue for community-based conservation projects. Manoj, through his organization, Research, Advocacy, and Communication in Himalayan Areas (RACHNA), is using tourism to assist in conservation and the greening of existing tourism infrastructure...

Country: Nepal
Organization: Association of Craft Producers

Meera Bhattarai is helping low-income women to develop high margined products to sell domestically and internationally. With these margins, she is demonstrating that it is possible for employers to provide a wide array of fringe benefits not common in Nepal today.

Country: India
Organization: Sustaintech

Svati Bhogle has created a distribution system to counter the inefficient use of cooking stoves by street food vendors in India; enabling them to easily own fuel efficient stoves, save money on fuel, and earn a better profit. Built on ecological considerations, these improved stoves not only increase their income, but ensure better health conditions for vendors and their consumers.  

Country: India

Patricia Day Bidinger is providing health care and medical testing to the villagers of rural India, while launching a "traveler's aid" service that will help these villagers obtain sound specialized medical care when they travel to large cities.

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