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  • 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
  • De Soto Speaks At A Roundtable Organized By The Atlantic in New York City

    Hernando de Soto was the main speaker at a roundtable discussion on property rights hosted by The Atlantic and Omidyar Network in New York City on September 25th, 2015. The discussion focused on the importance of assets and property rights in determining how best to sustainably move  away from inequality within the growing global economy. Read More
  • Why Thomas Piketty is wrong about capital in the 21st century

    We have begun challenging the most visible critic of capital in recent times, French economist Piketty, regarding his mistaken conclusions. ILD De Soto's article 'The poor against Piketty' was first released in France’s most prominent magazine Le Point and has now been published in over 25 countries worldwide from the United States to Nigeria and Brazil.      Read More
  • ILD in the News: New York Times- Who’s Responsible for the Refugees?

    Hilton mentions the work of the ILD and President De Soto as a possible solution to the refugee crisis. He states that if ‘these assets were formalized, people across the region could own property, grow businesses and develop the desire to stay’. Read More
  • De Soto Speaks at a Block Chain Summit in Abu Dhabi

    Hernando de Soto was a main speaker at a BitFury Group Blockchain Summit that took place from October 7-10th, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. During the summit, De Soto presented a property application of Bitcoin to his Royal Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarek al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates and several other financial authorities. 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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