Gleitsman Foundation Spotlights Four Global Activists Committed to the Eradication of Poverty.
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International Activist Award To Be Presented
to Fazle Abed, Jaya Arunachalem, Roman Imboden and Roy Prosterman ROY PROSTERMAN, Founder of the Rural Development Institute (RDI) and Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Washington, is a pioneering world expert on land reform, rural development, and foreign aid.
on April 14
Recognizing four activists who have helped the poorest citizens of Africa, the Indian subcontinent Indian subcontinent, region, S central Asia, comprising the countries of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh and the Himalayan states of Nepal, and Bhutan. Sri Lanka, an island off the southeastern tip of the Indian peninsula, is often considered a part of the subcontinent. and other developing regions move toward empowerment and self-sufficiency, The Gleitsman Foundation will bestow its 2003 International Activist Award upon Fazle Abed, Dr. Jaya Arunachalem, Roman Imboden and Roy Prosterman on April 14. The ceremony, hosted by David Gergen David Richmond Gergen (born May 9, 1942) was a political consultant and presidential advisor during the Republican administrations of Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. He was also a campaign staffer for George H.W. Bush's 1980 presidential campaign. , director of the Center for Public Leadership, will take place at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (Malkin Penthouse) at 6:30 p.m. following a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Each honoree will receive a sculpture designed by Maya Lin, the creator of the Vietnam War Vietnam War, conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. Memorial in Washington, DC. They will also share a $100,000 prize, which in the past has been shared by such world figures as then-African National Congress president Nelson Mandela, Chinese democracy advocate Wei Jingsheng and future Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta.
FAZLE ABED, founder of BRAC Brač (bräch), Ital. Brazza, island (1991 pop. 13,824), 152 sq mi (394 sq km), off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea, Croatia. It is a popular summer resort and tourist spot. Supetar (Ital. (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee)
Creator of the largest and one of the most effective NGOs in the world, Fazle Abed is a pioneer in raising the standards of development organizations worldwide. While an executive at a multinational corporation multinational corporation, business enterprise with manufacturing, sales, or service subsidiaries in one or more foreign countries, also known as a transnational or international corporation. These corporations originated early in the 20th cent. , Abed returned to his native Bangladesh in the early 1970s and witnessed first-hand the devastation wrought by natural disasters and the War of Liberation
DR. JAYA ARUNACHALEM, founder and president of Working Women's Forum
The architect of a movement including over 700,000 women - the most destitute residents of three southern Indian states - Dr. Jaya Arunachalem has devoted nearly a quarter-century to freeing India's poor from helplessness and exploitation. Trained in economics, geography and management, in 1978 she founded Working Women's Forum, a social organization developing the potential of women, whose strategies have since been honored globally. Through WWF See Windows Workflow Foundation. her work has touched several hundred thousand families and relieved them, in a sustainable manner, from poverty, hunger and indebtedness. Also serving as president of a related grassroots trade group, National Union of Working Women, Dr. Arunachalem is currently developing a new network among women from developed and developing nations called the GROOTS GROOTS Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood sisterhood: see monasticism. ) network.
ROMAN IMBODEN, creator of the Multifunctional Platform
Roman Imboden is a visionary who has married tradition with modernity in one of the poorest parts of the world. Having worked as a manager at the grassroots level with the populations of Africa on various rural development and technical projects, he began to recognize that while development at the village level could not take place without electricity and some machinery, imported machines and methods often did not comport See COM port. with a rural society based on specific ancestral traditions. First helping to install mills in Burkina Faso in 1977, he brought similar progress to Niger before support from the United Nations led to full-scale development of his concept, the Multifunctional Platform, in Mali. Beginning in 1993 under the UN's Development Program, Imboden helped lighten women's workload, raise literacy levels and create income for thousands of Africa's poor, spreading the use of "acceptable technology" across West Africa.
ROY PROSTERMAN, founder of Rural Development Institute
Motivated to do something about the poverty and underdevelopment he had seen first-hand in Liberia and Puerto Rico, Harvard Law School Harvard Law School (colloquially, Harvard Law or HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard Law is considered one of the most prestigious law schools in the United States. graduate Roy Prosterman left a rising career with one of the nation's top law firms in 1965 to apply the law toward making the world a fairer place. As a young professor teaching property law at the University of Washington School of Law The University of Washington School of Law is the law school of the University of Washington. It is generally regarded as the top law school in the Pacific Northwest, as well as one of the top thirty law schools in the United States, as ranked by US News and World Report. , Prosterman first proposed a program of democratic land reform to address the grievances of the landless land·less
Owning or having no land.
Adj. 1. poor in developing countries. Helping draft legislation for a "land-to-the-tillers" program in Vietnam between 1970 and 1973, a decade later he went on to found the Seattle-based Rural Development Institute. Its peaceful approach to land reform has been effectively applied in 37 developing countries worldwide, helping more than 120 million farm families gain ownership or similar rights to the land they till, while bringing Prosterman two Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
Of the choice of the 2003 International Activist Award winners, Foundation president Alan L. Gleitsman stated, "With nearly half the people in the world forced to live on less than $2 per day, poverty has become the preeminent moral and humanitarian challenge of our age. We must recognize that we should not and cannot leave half the world behind as we seek a better future for ourselves. We are proud to recognize the grassroots efforts of our honorees and hope their work will inspire others to follow in their path."
Established by former business executive Alan L. Gleitsman in 1989, The Gleitsman Foundation is a non-profit organization recognizing and promoting social activism worldwide. The Foundation sponsors international and domestic awards while encouraging grassroots organizations.
The International Activist Award is designed to honor activist achievement worldwide, excluding the U.S., and is presented in alternating years with the Citizen Activist Award. Its Board of Judges include former United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar Pé·rez de Cuél·lar , Javier Born 1920.
Peruvian diplomat who served as secretary-general of the United Nations (1982-1991). , physicist and human rights activist Fang Lizhi, and Nobel Peace Prize laureates Shimon Peres, Mairead Maguire, Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu and Adolfo Perez Esquivel. In 2001 the award was given to Indian human rights activist Martin Macwan and Cambodian reconstructionist Bernard Krisher following its presentation in 1999 to ten peace activists in the Middle East.