Last updated: 9 october, 2009 - 12:43 GMT

Deep Joshi, Ramon Magsaysay Award winner

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards are Asia's equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Among the six winners this year was the Indian social activist Deep Joshi, recognised for his pioneering work in the development of rural communities.

He's been credited with improving the professionalism of NGO work in India.

Suhail Haleem of the BBC's Urdu Service caught up with the man and his work.

Deep Joshi,

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Savita amd Rajo

Empowering women. Deep Joshi's work has helped Savita amd Rajo.

A tribal farmer

For this and other tribal farmers, life changed when they began to understand their rights.

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