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Martina Teminova-Richterova is the founder and director of an alternative drug treatment community in the Czech Republic. Her approach treats addicts with respect and teaches them in incremental steps how to take responsibility for their own recovery.
Recognizing the link between domestic violence and economic insecurity, Shaista Bukhari is helping women in Pakistan’s region of Punjab to engage in entrepreneurial activities. Through her Women Rights Association, she provides access to social capital, networking opportunities, business trainings, and other resources, while encouraging participants to come up with innovative ideas for new ventures.
Urvashi Sahni and Randolph Wang are matching high-quality pedagogy with low-cost technology to link quality teaching in urban schools with poor rural schools, and doing it inexpensively and on a large-scale. A facilitated video-based instruction system provides flexible ways of teaching students in the face of entrenched shortages both of qualified teachers and quality educational materials.
Realising that there will never be sufficient doctors to treat patients in India individually, Sujay is completely changing the healthcare system from an individualized curative model, to a community based preventive healthcare system to ensure holistic well being of communities.
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.
Michal Kravcík is demonstrating that locally managed water resources, utilizing many small catchments to absorb and store water, will provide far more cost-effective, efficient, and environmentally safe solutions to Slovakia's water management problems than mega-projects such as large dams and diversions.
Mohammad Amin of India's Orissa State is creating economic self-help cooperatives supported by an alternative banking system that caters to the urban and rural poor who lack land or other assets.
Waleed Shawky is altering the culture of medicine waste by creating the first system in Egypt for collecting, sorting, and distributing medicine that would otherwise be thrown away by individuals and pharmaceutical companies.