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Announcing the 2017 McNulty Prize Laureates — Meet our 10th cohort of inspiring leaders

On July 29th, The Aspen Institute and Anne Welsh McNulty announced the 10th annual John P. McNulty Prize Laureates.

Watch the announcement below.

The Laureates are four extraordinary leaders from across the world who felt the moral imperative to act, and who have used their entrepreneurialism and professional expertise to address seemingly intractable challenges in their communities.

From training Syrian journalists to provide objective, reliable reporting on the conflict; to giving Palestinian and Honduran youth experience in governance and holding elections; to extending training and access to markets for formerly displaced Ugandan farmers; to creating a national platform for civic engagement in Panama, the 2017 Laureates are changing the world in innovative, scalable and replicable ways.

Meet the 2017 Laureates:

Voluntarios de Panamá | Carolina Freire | Panama

Uniting a broad network of private, public and nonprofit stakeholders, public policy specialist Carolina Freire is shifting the national culture around civic engagement, and propelling citizens to address community challenges by spearheading Panama's first national volunteer platform.

Youth Local Councils | Lana Abu-Hijleh | Palestine, with global replication

Building the next generation’s experience and faith in peaceful democracy, development expert Lana Abu-Hijleh is enabling youth in countries like Palestine and Honduras to hold democratic elections, serve constituent communities, and practice good governance in full-fledged councils.

TRAIL (Transforming Agriculture for Improved Livelihoods) | Bruce Robertson | Uganda

Following the Lord's Resistance Army’s devastation of Northern Uganda, agriculture executive Bruce Robertson is rebuilding the region’s economy and the livelihoods of smallholder farmers through agronomy training, financial literacy, and access to markets and capital.

Syria Direct | Amjad Tadros | Jordan & Syria

By training new generations of Syrian reporters, entrepreneur and award-winning journalist Amjad Tadros is ensuring that Syrian perspectives are heard and that the world has access to objective, truthful in-depth reporting on the region.

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