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    As government recognizes it cannot possibly fulfill its pledge of affordable housing without going bankrupt first, Andrea Bolnick is demonstrating a new approach to providing “dwellings with dignity” to South Africa’s most vulnerable. Through active community engagement, Andrea is able to firmly place slum dwellers in the driver’s seat and bring about needed renovations to their homes.

    Lillian Keene-Mugerwa promotes and defends labor rights in Uganda, placing particular emphasis on the rights of marginalized workers in the informal sector.

    Community leaders fighting for social change in Colombia’s poorest slums face a unique obstacle: their families. The long hours and high stress of community leadership can strain family relations to the point that many dynamic leaders are forced to give up activism to preserve their marriages and their families. Audes Estella Jiménez Gonzalez has found that the best way to give leaders more family time without them having to give up activism is to make activism a family affair.

    Mohammad Al-Ubaydli is reducing the cost of healthcare, improving patient health outcomes, and reinventing doctor-patient communication. Through Patients Know Best, Mohammad’s technology platform allows patients to securely view their medical records and share their information with other doctors and family members, giving individual patients easy access to and control over their medical data.

    Ashok Kadam (1999) is crafting a grassroots-driven model to make industrial expansion in eco-zones of the country responsible, planned and environmentally-viable. Recognizing that blanket citizen opposition to industrialization cannot counter the powerful for-profit camp, Ashok Kadam is bringing together local communities, industries and the government to collaborate on win-win models of industrial growth that ensure minimal economic and ecological losses.

    Working in villages in southern Thailand, Samart Sakawee has developed a novel savings group that not only creates new economic opportunities for its members, but also cultivates the central values of civil society–good governance, transparency, and participation–from the village-up.

    Humeira Islam founded and leads Bangladesh's first coalition of groups working for the country's suddenly very large number of urban slum dwellers - over three million in Dhaka alone. She is also modifying the successful Grameen Bank credit programs for the rural poor to fit the different realities of the slums as well as developing new methods of delivering health care and family planning.

    Leena Joshi is creating a broad-based movement, led primarily by marginalized women, to reform the Indian government's centralized food subsidy system. She is seeking policy changes that will reduce corruption, make the system accountable to its beneficiaries, and result in more equitable and transparent food distribution.

    In the face of Zimbabwe's contracting economy and declining public services, Godfrey Mureriwa is organizing and training young people to find their own solutions and create their own ventures in order to develop sustainable livelihoods.

    Rahul Banerjee is formalizing language in order to revive interest and enthusiasm among tribal people for their culture and thereby get them to participate in mainstream social and political life. Simultaneously, he is using language to force policy changes that will reduce the systemic marginalization of tribal people by the rest of India.