Oct 28
October 28, 2016

This week: The Foundation’s Programs at Work


Here are the latest updates of some of the Foundation’s programs at work:

On Wednesday, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) announced its inaugural group of Innovation Fund grantees. Launched at CGI U 2016, the Innovation Fund aims to feature and provide financial support to the most effective, high-impact student innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world. Eighteen students were selected from hundreds of applicants for exemplary Commitments to Action that demonstrate innovative, scalable, and sustainable solutions and exhibit strong capacity for partnership.

This week, Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala delivered keynote remarks at the National Diaper Bank Network’s 2016 Annual Conference to celebrate the launch of their partnership with Too Small to Fail and their Clinton Global Initiative America Commitment to Action. The commitment will make 100,000 new children’s board books provided by Penguin Young Readers available to underserved families through diaper banks across the country. In addition to the books, Too Small to Fail and the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) are releasing new “Diaper Time is Talk Time” tips and information to help boost children’s early brain and language development during everyday moments like diaper time.  Read about the partnership in a blog here.

The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s Chakipi distribution enterprise in Peru received recognition from their suppliers Intradevco, a local fast-moving consumer goods company, and Dento, a provider of dental products, for their excellent support and performance in sales and distribution. They also recognized Chakipi for being a great partner helping promote oral hygiene in Peru.

Last week, more than 150 high school students participated in the Student Presidential Leadership Series at the Clinton Presidential Center. Led by Dr. Mike Hemphill, this popular student series is modeled after the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program and encourages students to serve as successful leaders in their schools and communities by learning more about the effective leadership strategies utilized by former presidents. Dr. Hemphill focused on President Clinton's themes of "opportunity, responsibility, and community.”

Earlier this month:

In the Mississippi Delta and in Alabama’s Greater Montgomery area, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation officially launched its community work to reduce the calorie consumption from beverages by 20% by 2025. The Alliance’s work with the beverage companies, a CGI commitment in 2014, has to the goal of reducing calories, nationwide, by 20%. It also includes an important community initiative to reduce calorie consumption in neighborhoods where, for a variety of reasons, there has been less consumer interest in – and thus less access to – bottled water, lower-calorie and smaller-portion beverage choices. The Alliance worked closely with the beverage companies to identify counties in both Mississippi and Alabama, including the 2nd and 4th highest counties for obesity rates in the country, where it will focus this calorie-reduction work.

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and partner Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR) released the Saint Lucia National Energy Roadmap at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Miami, Florida. The investments recommended by the Energy Roadmap have the potential when full complete and functional to reduce the nation’s diesel fuel costs by 42% and carbon emissions by 40% by 2025. CCI, RMI-CWR, the national utility, and the Government of Saint Lucia jointly developed the Energy Roadmap, which suggested that Saint Lucia pursue a mix of solar, wind, energy storage, and energy efficiency to replace the diesel generators that currently power the island.

The first Regional Conference of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR 100) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AFR 100 is a pan-African, country-driven initiative to restore 100 million hectares of land by 2030. At the conference, the outcomes of the restoration opportunities assessment conducted as part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s (CCI) REAL program were presented by the Kenyan Environment Secretary and Conservation Secretary. Additionally, a representative from the Ethiopian Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change presented the impressive progress Ethiopia has made through CCI’s REAL program in restoring degraded landscapes including outcomes from the Ethiopian restoration opportunities assessment.

This series is a modified continuation of Foundation Happenings - where you can find past updates.