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  • Hernando de Soto:The Pope's Mexican Standoff

    On February 17, Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate Mass in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, just south of the border with the United States. He will surely take that opportunity to urge support for the poor in Mexico and for those who have migrated north. After all, that is what he did in September during his moving homily in New York’s Madison Square Garden.. Read More
  • French Magazine Le Point Features De Soto with a Portrait

    France's prominent magazine Le Point, has featured ILD's Hernando de Soto with a portrait interview in their January 2016 issue. The feature highlights the work of Hernando on the informal economy and takes a special look on his  work in the MENA region in regards to the Arab Spring. The article also makes a point of how he works directly in the field collecting his Read More
  • Hernando De Soto | How to win the war on terror

    De Soto's artice on how to defeat terrorism has been published all over the world, including with the World Economic Forum and India's Mint: 'If Hollande, the next US president, and their Arab allies are to stop terrorism, they must press (and help) West Asian governments to provide their people with the protections that will nurture their potential to prosper on equal terms in the Read More
  • Could The Blockchain Empower The Poor & Unlock Global Growth?

    Read Michael Casey's Techonomy article on ILD's Hernando de Soto and the potential of the blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin, to help the poor. The article was published in December 2015 and highlights the views of De Soto on the blockchain having the potential to allow disenfrachised people worldwide to gain legal title to their homes and lift themselves out of poverty. Read More
  • De Soto a Panelist with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India

     ILD's Hernando de Soto was a panelist at the American Enterprise Institute's Symposium in Dharamsala, India with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on November 5th, 2015. In the Symposium, De Soto spoke about how the problem in the world is not about too much capitalism, but not enough. He also talked about how capitalism depends on agreements, on property documents and how 70% of the world’s population does Read More
  • Hernando de Soto Opens The Silk Road Forum in Tbilisi

    Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto opened the Silk Road Forum on October 15th 2015, the event brought in 800 attendees from thirty countries to the Georgian capital Tbilisi, including Prime Ministers. Read More
  • Property Rights Project

    Our goal is to determine the roots of informal hostility against multinationals and identify what is needed to build a national social contract on extractive industries that could harmonize their property interests with those of multinationals as opposed to creating conflict. Read More
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The Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD), led by Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto, works with developing countries to implement property and business rights reforms that provide the legal tools and institutions required for citizens to participate in the formal national and global economy. ILD works toward a world in which all people have equal access to secure rights to their real property and business assets in order to pull themselves—and their countries—out of poverty.

Clep Final Report3 June 2008, United Nations, NY -The Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP) today launched its Final Report, “Making the Law Work for Everyone”, at the United Nations in New York.

The product of research, analysis, and consultations in more than 20 developing countries, the report argues that four billion people are effectively excluded from the Rule of Law, and thus deprived of a chance to lift themselves out of poverty.

Exclusion, the CLEP report observes, comes in myriad forms: lack of legal identity, limited access to courts, deprivation of political voice, unrecognized property rights. Yet everywhere its implications are the same: a large part of society is denied a chance to participate on equal terms, and in consequence economic development is stunted. What is needed, the report argues, is a process of systematic change whereby the poor and excluded will be assured easy access to basic legal rights and services, which will in turn allow them to secure and leverage their resources.

Three years ago, the Commission co-chairs, the economist Hernando de Soto and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright,, together with 21 commissioners including former heads of state and government, cabinet ministers, jurists, economic researchers, and other senior policymakers, set to work out just how such change should and could be effected. The result is a comprehensive agenda for “legal empowerment” encompassing four crucial pillars: access to justice and the rule of law, property rights, labor rights, and business rights.

The Commission’s legal-empowerment agenda will provide policy-makers, NGOs, civil society groups and other development practitioners in general with a fresh and singular look at the old question of how poverty should be tackled. As the British Prime Minister  Gordon Brown observed in his foreword to the report, if properly followed, the work of the Commission will have “a profound impact on progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.”

Click here to visit the Commission’s website.
Click here to download the Commission’s Final Report.
(Available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, and Swahili)

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