Roma Managers Professional Association / Cigány Vezetok Szakmai Egyesülete

Istvan has designed a program for education reform and skill training that addresses discrimination against Roma people in Hungary. He has been remarkably successful in involving municipalities in decreasing school dropout rates among Roma, also known as Gypsy, children and in helping adults find jobs.

Tour Marginal

Raúl Abásolo has devised a support and social integration system for marginalized youth that combines nonviolent channels of expression and access to health, education, and job opportunities with the creation of greater acceptance of these vulnerable youth within the broader society.


Jamila is helping farmers trapped in subsistence agriculture move into commercial farming by leveraging available mobile technology to provide needed real-time information and incentivize collective action. Agricultural experts and farmers alike have long bemoaned the challenge of access to markets. Jamila’s intervention links farmers to these markets and creates an ecosystem of knowledge...


As thousands of children migrate annually from rural India to join the millions of children working in cities, Damodar Acharya is attacking the problem by eliminating the reasons for child labor. By investing in educational opportunities and putting political power in the hands of children, rural families are discovering alternatives to migration.

Lady Mechanic Initiative

Sandra is creating new opportunities for economic and social independence for Nigerian women by helping them join professions traditionally dominated by men, first by building a national network of auto mechanic training programs.

Support for Women's Work

Sengül Akcar has designed a unique, community-based foundation that educates and empowers poor women and families, particularly in urban areas. By working at the community level, Sengül's programs are increasing women's political visibility and democractic participation.


Abla is creating a cadre of skilled child nutrition professionals to support mothers in the first two years of their child’s life, a critical age for cognitive and physical development, to reach optimal child nutrition in Egypt. Abla is introducing a new profession of Child Nutritional Counselors to provide valuable information and skills to mothers around the clock through new Nutrition...

Palestinian Territory
Souktel Inc.

Mohammad Kilany is changing Middle Eastern labor markets and economies from opaque systems that exclude most job seekers, to transparent systems that empower all, by using simple and accessible mobile technology.

Sammaan Foundation

Irfan Alam is making rickshaw operators and their families “full economic citizens” by building channels for essential services such as banking, individual access to credit and health, and making the rickshaw a “mobile small shop” for the sale of various products and services. Seeing rickshaw operators as significant contributors to the growth of the Indian economy, Irfan believes it is...

Saudi Arabia

Khalid Alkhudair is enhancing the role of women in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf by carving out new professional work opportunities for women and leading the way towards the integration of Saudi women into the workforce.


Lita Anggraini brings marginalized domestic workers back into Indonesian society. She does this by educating workers, raising public awareness of the issues that affect them, and changing the laws so that the state recognizes, appreciates, and protects their rights as workers, persons, citizens, and women—leading to a better situation for domestic workers and their relationship with employers...


Ana Luisa Arocena is developing an integral approach to dealing with toxic waste management in Uruguay. She is creating new technologies to recycle and dispose of hazardous materials in responsible ways, while promoting transparency, spreading environmental and public health awareness, and creating decent jobs for waste management workers. Ana Luisa has designed Uruguay’s first toxic waste...

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