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    Roshaneh Zafar is pioneering the development of a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level. The formula is currently being tested and refined in two Pakistani villages and is expected to serve as a model for similar undertakings in other parts of the country.

    Jeff Palmer has created a way to finance and deliver healthcare for poor, uninsured, and semi-insured populations in the United States–a group estimated at 40 million nationally–without relying on the public tax base or traditional philanthropy. In the process, he generates health outcomes better than national averages.

    Language rights are guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) but are not properly administered or protected. A leader in improving equality in the corporate workplace, Margaret “Margie” Owen-Smith has developed a program that increases the number of students learning African languages and the efficiency of their learning.

    Norbert Kunz is working to make self-employment a viable career option for disadvantaged populations in Germany. Through a holistic, low-threshold support system with certified trainers, coaches, qualifications, and micro-credits, he brings together all institutional stakeholders to empower and enable youth to take charge of their lives and help improve their communities.

    Ananya Raihan is ushering in an era of information-on-demand in the rural areas of Bangladesh by building a network of locally-run kiosks that offer villagers access to everything from up-to-date market prices for their rice, to health information and legal forms, all through a centralized, Bengali-language information clearinghouse.

    Suraiya Haque is addressing the issue of work place based day care centers in Bangladesh. She has developed and implemented working models for factories, offices, and community based centers. Her organization also provides training on management of day care centers so that the factories and offices are eventually able to run the centers themselves.

    Marta Maglio has changed the consciousness and behaviors of thousands of Argentine citizens and health professionals with regards to the importance of breastfeeding as a crucial avenue to ensure the physical and emotional health of parents and children alike. By focusing on the first months of parents’ relationships with their infants, Marta is strengthening family bonds and creating an enabling environment for the development of empathetic skills.

    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 throughout the South African educational system.

    William Bird is transforming the way children and children’s issues are portrayed in the media through media monitoring efforts involving both journalists and children. He trains journalists on ‘child friendly’ journalism and enables children to become ‘media watchdogs’ to monitor press coverage of children, paying particular attention to children’s rights of privacy and dignity. William is comprehensively ensuring a rights-respecting and balanced reportage of children in the media.

    Falk Zientz is building a self-sustaining microfinance distribution system which links traditional banks and non-banking organizations in Germany. Through this new system of micro lending, Falk is empowering tens of thousands of entrepreneurs to access new forms of capital and create lasting change for themselves and their communities.