Plans to establish the People's Postcode Lottery in Scotland by January 2008: 20 percent of the proceeds will go to charitable causes in the form of non-restricted funds. Scottish media, including regional and national and press, Scottish TV, and radio will support the launch. The goal is to launch a new lottery every two years.
- Ubuntu has substantially improved our adherences services for adults and children initiating ART.
- Ubuntu began a partnership with Isaac Booi Primary School to create an environment which is both safe and empowering for learners.
- A total of 594 OVC attended winter holiday camps during school closures. Ubuntu's care and support team held camps to provide safe spaces, psychosocial, nutritional and educational support.
- The project received a ,000 grant from the Packard Foundation to support a team at The Nature Conservancy that will initiative expansion of and further test InVEST at additional TNC field sites.
- Cooperative agreements were signed in January 2008 with the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment to develop technical capacity to apply and tailor InVEST to the Chinese context.
This commitment was inspired by the struggle of the Liberian people over the many years of civil war, and their subsequent election of an able leader, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. During the civil war, many of the health care professionals moved to other African countries to continue their practices. The remaining hospitals were looted, and the physical plant and infrastructure (including electricity and running water) were destroyed. The health care professionals that remained-including Dr. Gwenigale-performed heroically in the face of these challenges, but the population remained in need of serious medical care, especially surgery. This commitment seeks to fulfill the surgical needs among the Liberian population.
This commitment was inspired by Ubuntu's dedication to empowering local communities through sustained leadership in South Africa. By supporting effective leaders at the local level, Ubuntu has helped to lift men, women and children out of the vulnerable conditions of poverty and poor health.
Ubuntu began targeting OVC in 2003 with school-based psychosocial support. Ubuntu's OVC services have evolved and expanded over the past three years to culminate in the development of a formal program in September 2006. The goal is to provide a comprehensive care program for orphans and vulnerable children that reduces their vulnerability and improves access to essential resources and services. Ubuntu uses a community-based approach to mobilize community members to recognize and care for OVC. The program targets children who are orphaned or whose parents or caregiver are living with HIV and AIDS and child-headed households.
Recent groundbreaking initiatives such as the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment highlight the enormous value of the goods and services people obtain from wild nature, and their crucial role in poverty alleviation. Yet despite growing global-level recognition that conservation often makes economic sense for society as a whole, decision-makers, from individuals to governments, continue to behave as if ecosystems have little or no value. As a result, wild habitats and populations are declining by an average of 0.5-1% per year, with losses particularly pronounced in the developing world. Attempts to reverse this trend by capturing the benefits of ecosystem services in decision-making processes face three key challenges:
-Despite growing general awareness of ecosystem benefits, detailed information at scales useful for decision-makers, on how people benefit from specific services, remain scarce.
- The people who enjoy services derived from the natural capital of an ecosystem are often different, and far from, those who benefit from its transformation.
- Markets typically reward short-term values of natural resources, underestimating the real but long-term importance of ecological wealth in sustaining human welfare.
In September 2005, the MOU formalizing the TNC-WWF-Stanford partnership was signed by the CEO / President of each institution, officially initiating the Project. In December 2005, the Project received its first grant from the MacArthur Foundation to support a coordinator, who started in May 2006 and launched a 5-year strategic planning process. October 2006 marked the official launch of the Natural Capital Project in Washington D.C.
The Project is currently based at Stanford University but with team members and collaborators working across the globe. As a partnership among Stanford, TNC, and WWF, accountability lies across all three organization.
This commitment was inspired by President Clinton's visit to the Lottery in the Netherlands and Sweden. During this visit, President Clinton emphasized how sustainable, market-oriented instruments can be expanded to enable greater resources to reach organizations with social missions. This emphasis gave our organization the impetus to expand our model to other countries.