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  • How Bitcoin Will End World Poverty- Interview

    SINGER: Okay. The Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru, I really think Hernando de Soto should win the Nobel prize for the work he’s done. I hope he does. But he’s going around the world and identified one of the most powerful things to the economy and the creation of wealth. And that is the ownership of property. FORBES: Which you can then use as collateral.  Read More
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    Thomas Piketty’s book Capital In The Twenty-First Century has attracted worldwide attention, not because he crusades against inequality –many of us do that– but because of its central thesis, based on his reading of the 19th and 20th centuries, that capital “mechanically produces arbitrary, unsustainable inequalities”, inevitably leading the world to misery, violence and wars and will continue to do so in this century. Read More
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ILD in the News

Tripoli, 21 November 2008.- GICDF signed a memorandum of understanding with the ILD providing for the development of a project to help African governments eager to help the poor by offering them legal and commercial

International Bar Association - Buenos AiresBuenos Aires, 12 October 2008 ILD President Hernando De Soto participated as keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the International Bar Association (IBA) 2008 Annual Conference held in the city of Buenos Aires.

Gaddafi and De Soto launch Project in LibyaTripoli, November 21st 2008.- Libyan Chief of State Muammar Gaddafi invited ILD President Hernando De Soto to Tripoli where both signed a contract for the ILD to help implement reforms for the legal empowerment of the poor.

De Soto ChenevalThe Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) announced the publication of Realizing Property Rights, co-edited by Hernando de Soto, President of the ILD, and Francis Cheneval,

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.

Institutions and Legitimacy of the StateUSAID hosted the “Poverty Reduction in Conflict and Fragile States: Institutions and State Legitimacy" symposium on April 2, 2008 to discuss current international thought on the requisite of state legitimacy for transforming unstable countries into more prosperous and stable societies.

Times on lineWhat links Kenya, Benazir Bhutto, the EU and Gordon Brown?
Two clues: private property and the rule of law

By Stephen Pollard   |   January 2, 2008

afghanistan mou 250On June 26th following an invitation from the Government of Afghanistan, an ILD delegation headed by CEO Manuel Salazar and supported by Operations Manager Luis Triveño, and International Affairs Manager Gabriel Daly visited Kabul for a three day meeting with His Excellency The Minister of Urban Development Mohd Yousaf Pashtun.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

PROPERTY and Business Formalisation programme commonly known as MKURABITA will today hold a one-day workshop in Dar es Salaam that will discuss the Land Registration pilot project implemented in Handeni district.

the 2007 reportThe 2007 International Property Rights Index (IPRI) is the first international comparative study that measures the significance of both physical and intellectual property rights and their protection for economic well-being. In order to incorporate and grasp the important aspects related

Business ReportJuly 3, 2007 - Cape Town  - Poor South Africans are sitting on R3 billion worth of "dead equity". This represented the potential value of about 1.8 million of the 2.5 million housing units built by the government since 1994, which were still without title deeds, housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu said yesterday.

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Zurich, May 2007 -  The renowned German and Swiss publishing house Orell Füsli has released a new book --The World’s Twelve Most Important Economists-- that lists ILD President Hernando de Soto in the company of David Ricardo, Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Leon Walras, Peter Drucker, Friedrich A. Von Hayek, Milton Friedman, John Forbes Nash, Amartya Sen, and Joseph Stiglitz. 


IDBMar 17, 2007 - In IDB Seminar, Hernando de Soto urged policy makers to focus on problems that affect the poor.

The seminar was one of a series of events being held in conjunction with the 48th Annual Meeting of the IDB’s Board of Governors in this Central American capital.

Guatemala City, 17 March 2007: Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Bank (IDB), signed a statement of principle today with the Institute for Liberty and Democracy (ILD) to initiate a new program to provide the necessary technical assistance to promote and implement property rights,

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