Magsaysay Award 2016 – Complete List

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The Ramon Magsaysay Awards for 2016 were announced on 27 July 2016. Two Indians (Bezwada Wilson and T.M. Krishna) were named amongst the 6 awardees.

List of all 6 awardees:

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Bezwada Wilson (India):

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Wilson is the national convenor of the Safai Karmachari Andolan (SKA), a people’s movement of manual scavengers and their children. Wilson has spent 32 years on his crusade, leading not only with a sense of moral outrage but also with remarkable skills in mass organizing, and working within India’s complex legal system. On the other hand SKA has grown into a network of 7,000 members in 500 districts across the country.

Of the estimated 600,000 scavengers in India, SKA has liberated around 300,000. While Bezwada has placed at the core of his work the dalits’ self-emancipation, he stresses that manual scavenging is not a sectarian problem.

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T.M. Krishna (India):

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Noted Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna saw that his was a caste-dominated art that fostered an unjust, hierarchic order by effectively excluding the lower classes from sharing in a vital part of India’s cultural legacy. He questioned the politics of art; widened his knowledge about the arts of the dalits (“untouchables”) and non-Brahmin communities; and declared he would no longer sing in ticketed events at a famous, annual music festival in Chennai to protest the lack of inclusiveness.

Now a leading advocate in India of “music for all and music for a better quality of life,” he says: “Music and the arts are capable of bridging cultures and civilizations and liberating us from artificial divisions of caste and race.

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Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (Japan):

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) is a program established by the Japanese government under its Overseas Technical Cooperation Agency (renamed later Japan International Cooperation Agency).

The program started in 1965 with five volunteers who were sent to Laos, and then expanded its reach to Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and other countries. As of 2015, 40,997 volunteers, close to half of them women, had been sent to 88 countries, with the greatest numbers going to countries in Asia and Africa. Areas of volunteer work span 190 fields of specialization in education, social welfare, health care, environmental sustainability, agriculture, manufacturing, public works, sports, and governance.

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Dompet Dhuafa (Indonesia):

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Dompet Dhuafa is the name of an Indonesian programme that deals with collection management and efficient use of Zakat, the charity that is a cornerstone of the Islamic faith. It is the obligatory tax on an adult Muslim’s wealth, that is dedicated every year to helping the poor and needy.

Dompet Dhuafa was initially started in 1993 as a modest zakat collection drive among the newspaper’s employees by Parni Hadi, editor-in-chief of the Indonesian newspaper Republika. Now independent of Republika and known simply as DD (short for “Dompet Dhuafa”) the organization’s economic projects have included building public facilities, support for small and medium enterprises, farm production and marketing assistance, a bank providing preferential loans to the poor, and a training-and-support program that has upgraded the capacities of hundreds of microfinance groups in Indonesia.

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Conchita Carpio-Morales (The Philippines)

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Conchita Carpio-Morales was appointed the Ombudsman in the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) that was created in 1987 as a major step in the anti-corruption campaign in the Philippines. She brought her personal qualities to her work as Ombudsman. In her strict, scrupulous style, she professionalized and upgraded OMB’s capabilities; revolutionized its anti-corruption program to include the designation of deputy ombudsmen for environmental concerns and for investment-related problems; and improved its responsiveness to calls for public assistance.

With her efforts, from 2011 to 2015, the conviction rate of cases handled by OMB rose from 33.3% to 74.5%.

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Vientiane Rescue (Laos)

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Vientiane Rescue is the name of a foundation that was established in 2007 for assisting poor people to provide first-aid service on the roads of the capital city of Vientiane through a used ambulance.

In 2010, Sebastien Perret, a Frenchman living in Laos and a trained paramedic and firefighter, aghast at how victims are left to die because of the utter lack of emergency assistance, joined the foundation as a volunteer. Shortly thereafter, Perret, Laotian Phaichi Konepathoum, and five 15-year-old volunteers, created “Vientiane Rescue” (VR) to operate a free ambulance service on a 24/7 basis, despite the absence of equipment, sponsors, and formal training.

Today, Vientiane Rescue has a one-truck firefighting unit; a one-boat scuba rescue team, the country’s first; a minivan converted into the country’s first EMS (Emergency Medical Service) ambulance; seven other ambulances; and three more base stations, two made from shipping containers. Its uniformed volunteers now number 200, working a free 24-hour hotline that responds to 15-30 accidents a day. In 2015 alone, VR responded to 5,760 road accidents, and between 2011 and 2015 the group has helped save as many as ten thousand lives.

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