Kavita N. Ramdas served as president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women from 1996 to September 2010. This fall, she was appointed visiting scholar and fellow to Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) and the Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS). She also chairs the Expert Working Group of the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health of the Aspen Institute.

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The year is 2100 and I am attending the annual meeting of the Global Council of Peoples in the newly regenerated Amazon basin. Inspired by Costa Rica, the first nation in the world to dismantle its military and redirect public investments toward human development and conserving natural resources, the indigenous peoples of Latin America were …

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