Topic : Civic Engagement
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Urmila Upadhyay Garg, one of Nepal's foremost artists and almost certainly it's leading textile designer, proposes to create an advanced Textile Institute that would institutionalize and spread her repeated successes in improving the country's textile techniques and in introducing new but culturally sensitive product lines.
An economist with a strong commitment to improving the economic opportunities and well-being of the poor, Miguel García has formed an organization of consultants and trainers to enable small producers to join together in networks and cooperatives to improve and expand their operations.
Stefan Kaspar is building the capacity for broad video literacy in the Andean region, creating both the infrastructure and the content to catalyze the engagement of a generation of otherwise information-marginalized citizens. He has created a network of microcinemas that reaches practically every corner of Peru. There are 320 microcinema managers currently expanding Stefan’s model and training others to join the network.
By partnering with medical professionals, religious leadership, parents, lawyers, citizen organizations, local government, and the media, Aamir Sohail Saddozai is working to deconstruct the social and economic myths surrounding the disabled in Pakistan. By increasing their access to education and healthcare, he encourages their healthier integration into society. His mission is to establish a society where people with disabilities are integral part of the development process.
Mohammed Abdul Bari is working on improving life for Dhaka’s rickshaw pullers by convening the city licensing corporation, police and law enforcement agencies, insurance agencies, health officials, rickshaw owners, and the drivers in a single forum. His approach emphasises both the rights and the responsibilities of the rickshaw pullers.
Surya Kiran Gurung and Yubarajraj Sangroula, two Nepalese lawyers who have been friends and collaborators for years, plan to propose reforms in Nepal's legal codes to better protect the interests of the country's suddenly growing number of older people.
Intelligent Nutrition improves the understanding of how we think about, produce, and consume food. Intelligent Nutrition’s easy-to-use nutrition label system engages nutrition and medical experts, producers, and consumers throughout the food chain to build healthy and sustainable food behaviors for the planet. The Intelligent Nutrition model is gaining traction across Europe.
Haidar El Ali has created the Oceanium, a working center in Senegal for the protection of ocean and underwater resources. Haidar's approach is to advocate the sustainable management of fishing resources through the creation of several marine parks that ensure the protection of species and resources through biological rest.
This profile is dedicated to the memory of late Bohuslav Blazek. It was prepared when Bohuslav was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995. Bohuslav Blazek a psychologist in the Czech Republic, is facilitating community development by increasing ordinary Czechs' ability to think creatively and participate in group discussion. His primary tools are "soft games," which he has developed to change social behaviors.