During the World Economic Forum this week, 2500 politicians, business leaders, and academics are gathered to discuss the state of the global economy. In tandem, delegates are also discussing critical social challenges such as poverty, human rights and water access. Below, we spotlight 3 social entrepreneurs tackling these grand challenges in some of the most remote regions of the world.

Tim Hanstad of Landesa, a non-profit organization that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest—the nearly 2.5 billion primarily rural people who live on less than two dollars a day. Read more.

 

Molly Melching of Tostan, an organization that empowers African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. Read more.

 

Matt Damon and Gary White of Water.org, a non-profit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Read more.