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    Jagat Basnet is pursuing land reform in Nepal by linking the issue to social justice and economic freedom. Empowering and enabling poor farmers to gain access to land rights, education rights, health and basic services for social dignity, and freedom out of poverty. Jagat is changing the political, cultural, and societal environment of land reform and land access in Nepal.

    An estimated 25% of aid and government projects’ value is lost to fraud, corruption and mismanagement in developing and war-torn countries. Fredrik Galtung is re-defining anti-corruption work from top-down finger pointing to bottom-up promotion of integrity at the community level.

    John Mighton invented a method of teaching mathematics that inspires measurable higher performance across the board, along with major improvements in students’ self-esteem and attitude towards learning. His organization, Junior Undiscovered Mathematical Prodigies (JUMP) spreads this method among public schools that serve low-income students in Canada and the United States.

    Ricardo Bertolino (Argentina, 1998) is training youth to become leaders within their communities through an ingeniously simple model that engages them in the solution of one of Argentina's most pressing problems: waste management.

    Barry Zuckerman is broadening the notion of health delivery to low-income families to address social as well as biological determinants and focus resources on illness prevention.

    Katerina Thorova connects fragmented and separated resources through comprehensive infrastructure in the Czech Republic to bring visibility to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the wider family of pervasive development disorders (PDD). Katerina’s organization professionalizes the field through its one-stop-shop for early intervention, care, and knowledge to all those directly and indirectly affected by autism.

    Hacer and ROMFO bring together Roma NGOs and communities across Turkey to unleash their potentials in bringing full citizenship to Roma people. Under the ROMFO umbrella, Turkey’s Roma people are co-creating solutions to their mutual problems, getting empowered by practicing changemaking first-hand, and consequently, challenging the stereotypes forced onto them.

    Anselm Rosario has been working with runaway or abandoned street-dwelling children who survive as scavengers in the South Indian city of Bangalore since the mid-1980s.

    Martina is combating high rates of prisoner recidivism in Slovakia by introducing rehabilitation into the country’s secretive and repressive penal system. Bringing outsiders into prisons to provide education and social support to long-term inmates, as well as providing post-release work opportunities, she is not only preparing these inmates to cope with life outside prison walls, but also forcing a corrupt system to become more transparent and accountable.

    By promoting cloth-weaving and natural dying, Poonsap Suanmuang, a chemist, is demonstrating how village women can develop both income generating skills and environmental consciousness–and greatly empower themselves in the process. In marketing these products, she is also creating public awareness of the value of traditional methods of weaving and dying.