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World10 Newsletter
The top 10 happenings around the world in the global freedom movement

featuring the work of Atlas Network partners.
More than 250 people from 30 countries gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia from February 10-11 for Asia Liberty Forum 2018. Hosted by Atlas Network with local co-host the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), the conference featured several thought-provoking breakout sessions examining the trajectory of liberty, property rights, and tolerance and civility in Muslim communities around the region. Check out the Forum’s highlights here.
Prensa Libre interviewed Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips about Atlas Network’s new approach to poverty alleviation while Lips was in Guatemala during a recent visit to Universidad Francisco Marroquín. The article (in Spanish) speaks to how the role of Atlas Network is not to come in and say what the solution is for each country in terms of economic development but rather to empower its local partners on the ground to identify what policy failures exist that are impeding economic development and propose action to overcome them.
The Smith Fellowship, one of the many programs of Atlas Network’s Leadership Academy, brings up-and-coming leaders from around the world to Washington, D.C., where they receive varied training in marketing, fundraising, leadership, and other relevant skills. Andriy Shpakov, executive director of EasyBusiness in Kyiv, discusses the challenges in Ukraine, how EasyBusiness hopes to make a difference, and how the Smith Fellowship has created new opportunities to help him in his work.
The Boston-based Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research has produced a documentary exploring legal impediments to educational opportunity both in Massachusetts and around the country. “The goal of ‘Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America's Bigoted Education Laws’ is to focus attention on the legal barriers that block school choice in our country, and the bigotry that inspired the creation of those barriers,” said Jim Stergios, executive director of Pioneer Institute. Over half a million people watched the film in the first week of its release.
Upcoming Events
Feb. 21
Sarasota, Fla. "Brexit Negotiations and Opportunities for the UK," featuring Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs​
Feb. 22
New York, N.Y. "Brexit Negotiations and Opportunities for the UK," featuring Mark Littlewood of the Institute of Economic Affairs
May 29-30
Copenhagen, Denmark Europe Liberty Forum
June 14-15
Santiago, Chile Latin America Liberty Forum
Aug. 23-24
Lagos, Nigeria Africa Liberty Forum
See Global Calendar
Approximately 90 percent of privately owned land in Egypt is unregistered, and a typical land registration in Egypt can take between five and fourteen years and pass through dozens of government agencies before it is approved and recorded. Among other ongoing projects aimed to protect property rights, the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) has advocated for the digitization and electronic registration of public land records to improve accessibility and ease of sale for private individuals.
For the third straight year, the Slovenia-based Visio Institut has translated and published the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report in an attempt to raise awareness about which economic freedoms are denied and to what degree in Slovenia. "For the Slovenes to be freer, the government should primarily strengthen rule of law by enhancing judicial independence and impartiality, privatizing the state-owned bank NLB Group, removing unnecessary administrative requirements for businesses, and abolishing the minimum wage,” said Tanja Porčnik, president of Visio Institut.
“Do not judge a book by its cover – read it,” says the Tajikistan Free Market Centre with its Living Library series, which features a wide array of individuals as living “books,” all with stories to tell. The fourth Living Library in the capital city of Dushanbe took place on February 17 and featured a Roman-Catholic priest, a deported labor migrant, and a young entrepreneur, among more. The series seeks to dispel stereotypes in Tajik society and is based on the principles of tolerance, pluralism, and non-violent conflict resolution through open dialogue.
Training Opportunities
Mar. 1
Webinar "Driving Social Media Engagement and Reach," featuring Emily Bleazard of Sutherland Institute
Mar. 15
Webinar "Leveraging Direct Mail Fundraising: Success Tips from France," featuring Alex & Kate Pesey of Institut de Formation Politique
May 3 - 6
Los Angeles, Calif. Lights, Camera, Liberty Workshop
Grants and Awards
Mar. 1
Application Deadline Economic Freedom Audits Grant
April 1
Application Deadline 2018 Europe Liberty Award
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West Virginia is one of only a handful of states that do not have any school choice system in place. “Our results are abysmal, and frankly, the state is mortgaging the futures of its children due to the tyranny of the status quo and reluctance to try something different,” says the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy’s executive director Garrett Ballengee. With numerous appearances in local and out-of-state media, and policy support from West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, the Cardinal Institute has helped push West Virginia one step closer to adopting a system of school choice.
The Capital Research Center (CRC)’s video examining the often violent ends to communist political systems has been viewed over 2 million times. “Stop comparing the supposed evils of capitalism in reality to communism in your fantasy and start comparing the realities of both,” challenges Jake Klein – narrator of the video – to viewers. “One has lifted billions of people out of poverty, the other has killed 100 million of them.” CRC is looking for international partners to translate the video.
Nineteen participants from 13 countries from around Asia gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, from February 7-9 to participate in Atlas Network’s Lessons in Effective Fundraising training. Led by independent facilitator Manali Shah, the training simulated a series of situations involving the many aspects of the fundraising process, donor communication, stewardship, and strategy. Intensive sessions on various fundraising strategies were led by industry thought leaders in the region including Parth Shah, Ali Salman, D. Dhanuraj, Wan Saiful Wan Jan, Linda Whetstone, Rainer Heufers, and Tom Palmer. 

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