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Andrew Nyathi

Ashoka Fellow since mai 1990

South Africa

As a youth, Andrew Nyathi left his village and fought for years for Zimbabwe's independence. Now, building on the success of the uniquely disciplined and independent farming cooperative and co-op of co-ops he has built, he is fighting for the future of such collaborative undertakings in the wake of...

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Laurie Nathan

Ashoka Fellow since jan 1991

South Africa

Laurie Nathan, through specialized information gathering and dissemination to as many key decision makers as possible, is building a center that will seek to shape the role the police and military will play in South Africa's future.

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Hannes Siebert

Ashoka Fellow since mai 1991

South Africa

Whenever a reporter covers a conflict, he or she affects that conflict, for good or ill, directly or indirectly. Hannes Siebert, a journalist and mediator, has developed a program that helps reporters use insights gained from the mediation field to become more incisive journalists while also helping...

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Iqbal Mohamed

Ashoka Fellow since jan 1992

South Africa

Sayed Iqbal Mohamed is showing how poor people can organize to protect their housing interests locally, and is planning to seize the country's current openness as an opportunity to press for fundamental changes in national housing policy.

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Sam Muofhe

Ashoka Fellow since fév 1992

South Africa

The accumulated savings of co-operative societies, an indigenous type of credit union, are estimated to be equal to the assets of one of the largest banks in South Africa. Sam Muofhe has developed a way to aggregate and reinvest the wealth of these societies so that they will bring dramatically...

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Gcina Mhlope

Ashoka Fellow since mar 1992

South Africa

Gcina Mhlophe, a talented writer, actress, mime artist and singer, is fighting illiteracy through storytelling. She uses this important part of Africa's heritage to enhance identity and self-esteem while entertaining and educating.

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Cynthia Mpati

Ashoka Fellow since mar 1992

South Africa

A teacher and a teacher trainer, Cynthia Mpati is addressing the massive shortage of qualified teachers in rural black South Africa. She has developed a teacher training program to upgrade teachers' skills and to improve the quality of education. The program has the potential to become a model...

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Lydia Ngwenya

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 1992

South Africa

Trade unionist Lydia Ngwenya, returning to her rural roots, created the Rural Women's Movement to develop gender consciousness among women, men and youth and to advance issues critical to very poor rural women, including land and water ownership and access, housing, and participation in village...

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Mark Swilling

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 1992

South Africa

Mark Swilling, community activist and policy advisor, is building asouthern African people-centered urban development movement to strengthen groups serving the urban poor and to transform the institutional, planning, and urban government mechanisms of southern African cities.

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Paul Pretorius

Ashoka Fellow since sep 1992

South Africa

In the words of Nelson Mandela, black South Africans have experienced law "not as an instrument that afforded the citizen protection but rather as the chief means of our subjection." Recognizing this, Paul Pretorius has effectively sought and developed new forms for resolving disputes that restore...

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