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  • Ultimate Resource

The Ultimate Resource | Trailer | PBS

Duration: 03:39
Program: Ultimate Resource

This new and exclusive documentary looks at the before and after lives of individuals and families, exploring some of the surprising, innovative initiatives and trends at work in unlikely places around the world. The production also features some of todays 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 worlds 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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Post Date: February 12, 2010