The Initiative for Global Development will expand its network of business and civic leaders and commits to reaching a total of 350 members by the end of 2006. In addition, we will convene the first IGD national summit in late spring 2006 to bring our national membership together to promote U.S. leadership in eliminating extreme global poverty, debate and finalize our policy agenda for the next 12 months, and discuss business-oriented solutions to poverty. IGD will produce and distribute a series of documents in preparation for the summit, including a business guide to international development and a collection of policy recommendations to be discussed by the membership at the meeting. We will consult closely with business and policy organizations, international experts and corporate leaders on the formulation of these materials.<br /><br />
The Initiative for Global Development is a national network of business and civic leaders working to make global poverty eradication a top U.S. priority. We are creating a strong private sector voice urging business leaders and policymakers to provide global leadership and raise awareness of the importance and urgency of eliminating extreme global poverty. Extreme global poverty is at the root of many of the gravest challenges facing the world at present - from HIV/AIDS to terrorism, from environmental degradation to regional instability and its elimination is the single most important step we can take in realizing a better future for the United States and the world. In 2004, a delegation of IGD members traveled to Washington DC to introduce our initiative to Congress and the administration. We promised to return with a national network of members to engage in a policy discussion regarding the promotion of international development and the elimination of extreme poverty. Since then, IGD has expanded it membership to 11 targeted cities with over 230 members nationwide.