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Prologue by Dr. Leonel FernándezHonorary President05It is with great satisfaction that we share with you this annual report presenting the accomplishments achieved by theGlobal Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) during 2009-2010.The role of the GFDD in the international arena has been consolidated with new partnerships and alliances with themost prominent institutions in the US and other countries, while reinforcing already existing ones. The Foundationhas expanded into new areas and brought to the Dominican Republic solid programs and activities conducive to theimprovement of skills and resources of many individuals and groups, raising the human capacity of the country. Manyhave benefited from grants and internships abroad, experiences that will contribute positively to their personal andprofessional development. Domestic and international networks have formed and developed in areas pivotal to the socialand economic advancement of the country, and the participation of Dominican representatives in international fora isnow an expected contribution to the ongoing discussion of international issues affecting our globalized world.This trend of bringing to the Dominican Republic the best projects, programs and speakers from universities, thinktanks and other organizations, has been complemented with the GFDD’s work to promote the understanding andthe awareness of the Dominican national heritage and values abroad through initiatives like the fast growing portalDominicanaonline.org, the expanding online Dominican Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Environment, the first editionof the book “New Perspectives: Dominican Republic”, and the touring photo exhibit developed after the book. All theseprojects have given the country international visibility, have educated national and international audiences, and havecreated a sense of pride among Dominicans at home and abroad.The areas of Democracy, International Affairs, Economic Development, Health, Environment, Education, Technologyand Innovation, Communication and Culture continue to be at the forefront of the Foundation’s agenda, and we arelooking forward to a growing number of initiatives in those fields in the years to come.The labor conducted by the GFDD has been fruitful and effective, and has inspired organizations and individuals in theDominican Republic to become active elements in their communities and areas of endeavor, has enhanced their role inthe productive world, and has motivated their search for excellence and pride in their performance.We are grateful for the ability to contribute to the socio-economic development of the country while elevating theprofessional and personal development of its people, and we are excited about all the opportunities to persist in ourendeavors with sustained passion and dedication. We hope to go on inspiring others as we have been inspired by manyremarkable organizations and individuals. Let’s continue the good work!Leonel FernándezHonorary PresidentGFDD / www.globalfoundationdd.org / Annual Report 2009-20105

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