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    Dr. Armida Fernandez reorients and reorganizes the limited resources of India’s public health system, crafting efficient programs to secure quality maternal and neonatal health care for low-income families.

    César is challenging the prevailing charity-based models for private sector engagement in poor urban areas through Alternativa3, which employs an alternative strategy to strengthen the social and economic fabric of communities and the private sector corporations who do business with them.

    Rodrigo Aguirre de Cárcer has created a channel through which citizen organizations can monetize the value of in-kind donations from businesses and individuals. By leveraging Internet auction platforms such as eBay, he is reaching large numbers of citizens in a continuous and scalable way, offering them public opportunities to contribute to the citizen sector while also getting great deals on products, services, and experiences.

    Hanumappa Sudarshan has been working with communities at the margin, demonstrating how they can transform their lives without losing their traditional and cultural practices. By using health as an entry-point, Sudarshan addresses questions of equity, governance and access within these communities.

    Cities, like forests, are complex organisms with systems that can provide, capture and reuse life-nourishing resources. By applying lessons found in nature, Andy Lipkis is enabling citizens to manage urban ecosystems effectively and sustainably.

    Anthropologist Jayaprakash Rao is using his advocacy skills to develop a citizen-based strategy for sustainable forest protection in India. His work towards an intelligent use of forests redefines the parameters of forest management and proposes new models of administration.

    Patricia Blanco is showing Bolivian communities how to improve their health by addressing three overlapping factors: widespread poor nutrition, which the government has long identified as a development priority; diabetes, which is common, largely untreated, and controllable by diet; and budget devolution, which enlarges the potential for prepared communities to secure funding for healthcare programs they choose to defend.

    Ernesto Rosas is transforming an inward-looking mutual aid society of HIV-positive Uruguayans into a dynamic advocacy, information and AIDS care center. In so doing, he aims to "return to society its responsibilities" by encouraging Uruguayans to view HIV-positive/AIDS as but one of many chronic illnesses that must be treated and understood.

    Based in the violence-torn state of Manipur, Babloo Loitongbam has designed a human rights curriculum that equips traditional village institutions to organize in new ways against the growing human rights challenges in the region. Simultaneously, Babloo is internationalizing grassroots responses to the issue, by opening up citizen s access to the international human rights movement.

    Jacqueline Sfeir is transforming the predominantly hierarchical educational system of Palestine and the larger Arab World into a system that promotes interaction, critical thinking, and community involvement in all aspects of the learning process. Jacqueline believes the system must be changed to accommodate the innate nature of the child as learner.