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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.
A human rights and women's rights activist, Mahbooba Akhter "Leena" Mahmood is focusing on the critical needs of working single mothers and their children in the urban slums and brothels of Bangladesh.
Dramane Coulibaly has successfully reversed centuries-old cattle raising practices among Peul and Touareg herdsmen in Niger, which in current conditions, are economically unsustainable and environmentally destructive. Dramane reinvented the cattle raising business model, leaving the herders with smaller but healthier and more profitable herds, and more downstream jobs created for processing marginal animals.
Aku Christy Orduh provides disabled people with the tools necessary to gain economic self-sufficiency and full integration into society.
Jagdish Pradhan is helping peasant farmers in arid parts of India to reclaim traditional community water management systems and convert to organic farming while reversing more than two decades of growing "drought vulnerability" brought about, in part, by the introduction of "modern" agricultural methods and large-scale government irrigation schemes.
Frustrated by the divide between formal educational institutions and informal learning experiences, after-school volunteer programs, community service projects, and other values-oriented extracurricular activities, Roser Batlle Suñer has created regional initiatives that bring together teachers and leaders in both fields.
Badara Jobe has developed a grassroots, farmer-to-farmer approach to sustainable agriculture that builds capacity and self-reliance to confront the climate changes characteristic of the Gambia and surrounding countries in West Africa. His approach, which encourages farmers to use innovative farming techniques as well as to be creative problem-solvers, is being replicated in four areas on either side of the Gambia River.
Scott Hartl is changing both what teachers teach and how they teach it, through the creation of free and open resources, including curricula, lesson plans, and video documentation drawn straight from the classroom.