These photographs celebrate and honour the lives and work of amazing individuals and organisations that have made an impact on development, empowerment, poverty reduction and the environment across the globe. The collection includes those who have influenced and contributed towards improving lives of marginalised and vulnerable groups and who help stand up for their rights. It also includes those who have worked and are working relentlessly on issues relating to our understanding of the environment including sustainable use of resources, respect for wildlife and awareness raising of our role in taking care of Planet Earth. This Wall currently exists in physical form in IPE Triple Line office in London and is growing. We would like to extend its presence to the virtual world and to share our sentiments and appreciation towards these Influencers with everybody and are interested to hear from you on who you believe has influenced global development.
Sergio Vieira de Mello began his career at the United Nations in 1969 and quickly became a highly respected UN diplomat. He served central roles in crisis-ridden regions such as the Balkans, and played an important role in the 'birth' of East Timor. In May 2003, as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, he was handpicked by UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, to lead the return of the UN's presence in Iraq on a four month mission. On 19 August 2003, he was killed in a terrorist attack on the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq. His contribution to the international community has brought many posthumous awards and 19 August is now commemorated as World Humanitarian Day, in honour of all those who contribute to making the world a better place under difficult conditions.
Vadyangari, meaning City of Knowledge, is an educational academy in the rural Daund District of Maharashtra, India. Deep Griha Society, a grassroots NGO based in Pune, established the academy in response to the negative effects of poor education in rural India, which they witnessed through their ongoing work with the Kasurdi village. The school takes an innovative approach to education, sustainability, agriculture, technology and women and girls' empowerment. It not only provides equal access to education for girls and boys, but also provides women in the local area with training and employment.
Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz were on the same bus as Malala Yousafzai when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan in October 2012. Shazia and Kainat were also injured when Malala was targeted. The two girls were unable to return safely to education in Pakistan. When UWC Atlantic College, an international boarding school based in Cardiff, offered Malala a full scholarship, she asked that her two friends be given the scholarship instead. This portrait was taken at the College. Both girls continue to speak up about the importance of girls' education to change attitudes and support the ambitions and voices of girls going through the same difficulties.
Dominik grew up in South Wales in the UK but has been working as a paediatrician in Ipamba Hospital in Tanzania's Iringa Region since August 2014 with CUAMM Trustees (Doctors with Africa). Before he took up his work, the hospital's Malnutrition Ward associated malnutrition with certain death and therefore did not treat a malnourished child. His work in raising awareness and motivation among staff, setting up a unit for premature babies and improving essential neonatal and newborn care has caused a dramatic increase in admissions and a significant drop in mortality rate. In the first six months of 2015 alone, the mortality rate had fallen from 28% to 14%.
Professor Syukuro Manabe is a well-known Japanese-born pioneer in the development and application of climate models. Over 40 years ago in collaboration with Kirk Byran, Suki developed a computer model that simulated global climate change and climate variations which has been considered among the top 10 breakthroughs to have occurred in the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's first 200 years. His tireless work on global warming and climate change continues to influence studies and discussions including the 2015 Paris Climate Conference. As Kitta MacPherson of the Star Ledger said, 'He warned of warming long before it was cool' (2007). At 85, he continues to contribute to this field at Princeton University
Now in his 80s, Aabid Surti is a multi-award winning artist and writer based in Mumbai, India and is founder of Drop Dead Foundation which is in effect a one-person organisation working with a few volunteer plumbers. This NGO repairs minor plumbing problems such as leaks in Mumbai households for free. Renowned in India more for his novels, comic books and travelogues, Aabid makes weekly rounds near his residence with his team of plumber and a volunteer fixing leaks to save tonnes of water. By doing this Aabid is addressing a topic close to his heart and his roots: he grew up on the pavements of Mumbai where, as a child, he saw his mother queuing up at 4 am for a bucket of water. 'I saw people fight for every drop. This childhood memory keeps haunting me whenever I see a dripping tap'. Drop Dead Foundation's motto is: 'Save every Drop or Drop Dead'.
Azada Parsa is a qualified medical doctor and In-country Project Manager for HealthProm's project in Afghanistan's Balkh Province. She not only manages and coordinates all project activities, but is also actively involved in implementation as well as training women support group leaders on the risks of pregnancy and childbirth. Her husband Sohrab Parsa is the project's Operations Manager. This dynamic couple provide valuable work in one of the most challenging regions in the world and tirelessly visit remote and hard to reach areas where the project seeks to address the challenges of maternal and newborn health and work towards reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in the Charkint District.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian-born author and recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions such as the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her well-known books include Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah. Chimamanda's TEDx talk in 2013, entitled 'We should all be feminists' became one of the most popular talks and included sharing her experiences of being an African feminist and her views on gender construction and sexuality. 'Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change, but in addition to being angry, I'm also hopeful because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to make and remake themselves for the better'.
Dr Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, is world renowned for her pioneering research on wild chimpanzees. Today, Dr Goodall is widely recognized for establishing innovative, community-centred conservation and development programmes in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, JGI's global environmental and humanitarian youth programme, which is now in nearly 100 countries. Dr Goodall travels and average 300 days per year, speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, other environmental crises and her reasons for hope that humankind will solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.
Dr Goodall's honours include the French Legion of Honour, the Medal of Tanzania and Japan's prestigious Kyoto Prize. In 2002 Dr Goodall was appointed to serve as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and in 2003 she was named a Dame of the British Empire. www.janegoodall.org and www.rootsnshoots.org.uk
Duncan Green is currently Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics and has had a longstanding career in global development including in CAFOD and DFID. Among the international development crowd he's increasingly become known as the writer and creator of the 'fun and smart' blog, From Poverty to Power. His posts are followed and read for their thought-provoking topics on gender, politics, environment, finance, human rights and many more. He is influential in bringing into the 'conversation' a multitude of topics on global development into online discussions and at the numerous events he attends. He is author of several books, more notably From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can change the World (Oxfam 2012) which has received high praise for giving a comprehensive outlook to global poverty. His recent book entitled How Change Happens draws on seven years of daily postings and conversations from the blog.
Ashley Cooper has spent the last thirteen years travelling to every continent on the planet to document the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy. The only living photographer to have done so. This involved visiting over thirty countries. The travels took him from within 400 miles of the North Pole, to the Antarctic Peninsular, from 18,000 feet in the Bolivian Andes to 300 feet below sea level in Death Valley, from the Chinese Russian border to the tiny island state of Tuvala in the Pacific Ocean. What Cooper found at every turn was that those least responsible for climate change are most impacted by it, and at less than one degree of warming, the world is already suffering catastrophic consequences of our addiction to carbon.
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