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  • La historia de cómo Perú derrotó al terrorismo

    Como se menciona en el último artículo de Hernando de Soto, La Disyuntiva Colombiana: Los Terroristas o Sus Ciudadanos, aquí está la historia  de cómo el Perú venció al terrorismo. Descargar PDF. Read More
  • The 2017 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research goes to Hernando de Soto

    The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research is the most prominent international award in entrepreneurship research with a price sum of EUR 100,000. De Soto’s analyses have had tremendous influence on policy throughout the world and were a main source of inspiration for the World Bank’s Doing Business program. Read More
  • 2017 Award Winner

    Hernando de Soto Peru  Institute for Liberty and Democracy For developing a new understanding of the institutions that underpin the informal economy as well as the role of property rights and entrepreneurship in converting the informal economy into the formal sector.   Read More
  • Undogmatic thinking

    Q&A with economist Hernando de Soto Polar It is not every day that a world-renowned economist touches down on Lebanese soil,but it should not surprise that such a formidable economist could deliver a presentation less than 24 hours after arriving in Beirut for the first time in his life. It might be expected that he would start with an exercise in affinity, by saying nice Read More
  • "The world’s most important living economist”

    Former US President Bill Clinton has described Hernando de Soto as “the world’s most important living economist.” Mr. de Soto visited Sweden in May 2017 to receive the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research. In this pod he takes the listeners into the world where he grew up and tells us why he returned to Peru to start his today renowned think tank the Institute for Read More
  • Un Año Nuevo sin conflictos sociales

    Hernando de Soto se reunió con 2,000 dirigentes de los Comités de Autodefensa (CADs) del Perú en Huanta-Ayacucho durante la tercera semana de diciembre. El economista sostuvo que, mientras el terrorismo tiñe de sangre al mundo, en nuestro país vivimos en paz gracias a los CADs, quienes fueron los verdaderos artífices de la derrota del terrorismo en el Perú. De Soto sostuvo que una gran solución a la problemática Read More
  • First Ever Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) Launching in Davos

    Formed by The Bitfury Group in collaboration with Covington - Major Launch Event Will Bring Together Global Leaders and Innovators: SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 4, 2017 – The Bitfury Group, the leading global full-service Blockchain technology company, announced today that in collaboration with international lawfirm Covington, it is launching the first ever Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) around the World Economic Forum 2017 Annual Meeting Read More
  • Georgia to Store Real Estate Documents in Blockchain System with Bitfury Group and Hernando de Soto

    The country of Georgia will introduce Blockchain technology in 2017 to enable citizens store and receive real estate extracts according to a report in Caucasus Business Week. Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani told the Business Contract. Read More
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The ILD

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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