From small villages in sub-Saharan Africa to the bustling cities of the Asian sub-continent, from Latin America to China and Eastern Europe, people everywhere are striving to improve their lives. People seeking the same things—an opportunity to learn; an identity and ownership that allows them to prosper; a chance to earn a living for themselves and their families; to use their imaginations; and to take risks and possibly fail. They want to develop their options and reap the rewards, if they succeed. This is the story of what can happen when ordinary people have the tools to help themselves.
The production features some of today’s most inventive thinkers:
Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, founded the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, which uses microfinance to bring opportunity to the world’s poorest people by helping them to start their own businesses.
Hernando de Soto, founder of The Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru, helps developing countries open their systems—creating strategies for legal reform that offer the majority of the world's people a stake in the free market economy.
James Tooley, British professor of education policy, explores the widespread, dramatic impact of low budget private education—financed not by charities or wealthy supporters—but by the poor families themselves in India, China, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana.
Johan Norberg, Swedish author and scholar, takes aim at both left-wing critics, who would condemn developing countries to poverty until they develop “First World” workplace standards, and Western governments, whose free market rhetoric is undercut by tariffs on textiles and agriculture, areas in which developing countries can actually compete.
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