January 4, 2012
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Press Release: William J. Clinton Foundation 2011 Year-End Report

New York, NY
Press Release

Clinton Foundation reaches significant milestones including more than 2,100 commitments made through the Clinton Global Initiative, 13,000 schools enrolled in Healthy Schools Program, progress made in economic development in Africa and Latin America, recovery in Haiti, and climate change globally.

New York, NY — The William J. Clinton Foundation today announced broad accomplishments in 2011 in the areas of economic opportunity, childhood obesity, emergency relief and long-term recovery, global health and nutrition, and climate and energy.

Building on a lifetime of public service, President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Foundation with the mission to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods, and address climate change by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and private citizens to turn good intentions into measurable results.

Since 2001 President Clinton’s vision and leadership have resulted in nearly 4 million people benefiting from lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment; more than 13,000 U.S. schools building healthier learning environments; more than 26,000 micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and smallholder farmers improving their livelihoods and communities; and more than 2 million tons of greenhouse gases cut or abated in some of the world’s largest cities. And President Clinton has redefined the way we think about giving and philanthropy through his Clinton Global Initiative, whose members have made more than 2,100 commitments that have already improved the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries.

Some highlights — explained further in the accomplishments by initiative below — include:

  • More than 300 new Commitments to Action made by Clinton Global Initiative members that, once fully funded, will be valued in excess of $18 billion
  • Providing more than 25,000 cataracts surgeries in Peru
  • Closing the Bordo Poniente Landfill in Mexico City, which will stem the city’s largest source of greenhouse gas and create renewable energy and local jobs
  • A price reduction from $15 to $5 per child for AIDS medication in poor countries

2011 Clinton Foundation Accomplishments


Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)

The Clinton Global Initiative’s mission is to inspire, connect, and empower a community of global leaders to forge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. By fostering partnerships, providing strategic advice, and driving resources toward effective ideas, CGI helps its members — organizations from the private sector, public sector, and civil society — to turn ideas into action and maximize their efforts to alleviate poverty, create a cleaner environment, and increase access to health care and education.

Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. Including those made in 2011, CGI members have now made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.

To expand CGI’s reach, President Clinton also launched CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and convened the fourth annual meeting of the CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges on their campus, in their community or around the world.

2011 CGI Highlights
  • In 2011, CGI members made more than 300 new Commitments to Action. Once these commitments are fully funded, they will be valued in excess of $18 billion.
  • At the seventh CGI Annual Meeting in September, CGI members made 194 commitments, valued at $6.2 billion, which will impact more than 100 million people when they are fully funded and implemented.
  • In June, President Clinton launched CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States. At the CGI America meeting, participants made more than 100 commitments valued at $11.8 billion when fully funded and implemented. Collectively, they will improve the lives of 3 million people, create or fill more than 150,000 jobs, and invest and loan $354 million to small and medium enterprises in the United States.
  • At CGI America, the AFL-CIO and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) committed to work with pension fund managers to encourage infrastructure investments by re-investing up to $10 billion in pension assets of working families into energy efficient, job-creating infrastructure improvements. The AFL-CIO and AFT will also train 140,000 apprentice and mid-career construction workers in high-demand green construction skills.
  • As part of this commitment, The AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust deployed $134 million for an energy efficiency project in the Penn South Mutual Cooperative in New York City, and will be developing a pipeline for $79 million in further investment. Additionally, the Union Labor Life Insurance Corporation (ULLICO) and the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust have together allocated over $200 million in the last five months to specific retrofit projects across the country, including ULLICO’s recent announcement in the state of Oregon of an investment of more than $15 million to improve the energy performance of public schools.
  • In December, President Clinton joined President Obama to announce significant new progress to the Better Buildings Challenge and a new $4 billion investment from the public and private sectors dedicated to energy efficient building upgrades over the next two years. The Better Buildings Challenge was a commitment made by the Obama Administration and 14 partners at CGI America
  • At the CGI U 2011 Meeting, held at the University of California, San Diego, the 1410 students selected to participate representing 349 schools, 90 countries, and all 50 States, made 950 student commitments.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation (AHG)

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation is leading the charge against the childhood obesity epidemic by engaging directly with industry leaders, educators, parents, doctors, and kids themselves. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015 and to inspire young people to develop lifelong healthy habits.

2011 Alliance Highlights:
  • In 2011, the Alliance launched a new multi-industry voluntary agreement to bring together leading food manufacturers, group purchasing organizations and technology companies to help America’s schools serve healthier meals at more affordable prices. As a result of these agreements, more than 30 million students have access to healthier school meals — including at least 14 million students who currently participate in the free and reduced lunch program.
  • The Alliance launched a companion program in 2011 that teams celebrity chefs with school food service directors to create healthy, nutritious recipes that are easy to prepare in school cafeterias. The program kicked off with a set of eight new recipes from television personality, author, and founder of the Yum-o! Organization, Rachael Ray.
  • The Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program honored 275 schools at its annual Healthy Schools Forum in 2011 — more than any other year in the Program’s history. The 275 schools honored hailed from more than 30 states.
  • The Healthy Schools Program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which began its commitment to the program in 2006. In 2011, RWJF renewed their commitment to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic and making schools healthier places for students and staff by making a renewal grant of $23.2 million. RWJF has invested more than $51 million in the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program, which is available to all schools free of charge, and focuses on states and regions most impacted by the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • In November 2011, more than 700 private sector, government and non-profit leaders working to combat childhood obesity came together for the Partnership for a Healthier America’s inaugural Building a Healthier Future Summit.


The Clinton Foundation has been actively engaged in Haiti since 2009. One of its primary areas of focus has been private sector investment and job creation in order to create long-term, sustainable economic development. After the earthquake in 2010, the Clinton Foundation fundraised $16 million from individual donors for immediate earthquake relief efforts. Since 2010, the Clinton Foundation has spent a total of over $23 million in Haiti, including relief funds and projects focused on priority areas such as housing, education and cholera prevention. The Clinton Foundation has also successfully engaged a variety of partners such as Macy’s, Timberland, Coca-Cola, Digicel, Greif and NRG energy, which have brought important investment and jobs to Haiti. The Clinton Global Initiative Haiti Action Network is one of CGI’s most active networks, with more than 50 members who have made a total of 60 commitments to Haiti valued at more than $300 million. This year the Clinton Foundation has refocused its efforts in Haiti on long-term development and strategic planning, putting our emphasis on private sector investment and job creation as well as capacity building and education.

2011 Haiti Highlights:
  • In 2011, the Clinton Foundation provided $500,000 to support a conference on housing and built a Housing Exposition; $1.25 million to support the government of Haiti’s Back to School initiative; and a $500,000 capacity building grant to the Government of Haiti.
  • In November, the Clinton Foundation co-hosted the second Haiti Investors Conference with the Government of Haiti and the Inter-American Development Bank. More than 1,100 Haitian and international investors registered, with 479 international attendees representing 32 countries.
  • The Clinton Foundation facilitated the signing of a development and operating agreement between Marriott and Digicel to build a 174-room Marriott branded hotel in the Turgeau area of Port-au-Prince. Once complete, the new hotel will create 175 sustainable jobs.
  • In November, President Clinton presided over the laying of the first stone to construct an industrial park in the northern city of Caracol. The development of the Caracol Park has been a collaboration between the Clinton Foundation, Haitian government, Inter-American Development Bank and U.S. State Department. The Korean apparel manufacture Sae-A will be the anchor tenant and will create 20,000 jobs. Origin Holdings, a large U.S. furniture company and Sherwin Williams, a U.S. paint company, will be the second and third tenants in the park.
  • The Clinton Foundation is helping to revitalize the Haitian coffee sector by working with the Ministry of Agriculture to host a successful Haitian Coffee Summit with more than 70 participants representing Haitian coffee cooperatives, growers associations and international buyers as well as representatives from Haitian and International coffee companies.
  • In August 2011, The Haiti Development Fund, funded by the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative and Carlos Slim, approved its first investment of U.S. $415,000 in Caribbean Craft, a Haitian artisanal company that exports its products to Macy’s, Anthropologie, and Donna Karan.
  • The Clinton Foundation continues to work closely with the Haitian government on all aspects of the recovery efforts. In 2011 President Clinton served as Co-Chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission and the newly established Presidential Advisory Council on Economic Growth and Investment. Throughout 2011, the Foundation provided technical assistance and capacity building support for both institutions.

Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI)

Established in June 2007 by President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra, the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative (CGSGI) seeks to narrow the wealth gap in the developing world by empowering the poor. A partnership among the William J. Clinton Foundation, the private sector, governments, local communities, and other NGOs, CGSGI focuses on alleviating poverty through job creation, improving health systems, and increasing access to education.

2011 CGSGI Highlights:
  • Through the Cataract Surgeries Project, CGSGI, in partnership with Fundación Carlos Slim A.C. and the Peruvian Ministry of Health, is completing 50,000 cataract surgeries by 2013. This year, the Clinton Foundation reached an important milestone by completing over 25,000 surgeries in Peru.
  • In partnership with SENA (the National Learning Service of Colombia) and CAMACOL (the Colombian Chamber of Construction), CGSGI is providing poor, unskilled laborers with the tools to work themselves out of poverty. CGSGI has trained and certified more than 1,500 individuals. By the end of 2012, 5,000 individuals will have gone through the project.
  • In 2011, CGSGI made its first investments in Haiti and Colombia, focused on facilitating growth through job creation, long-term employment and income generation in small- and-medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • In September 2011, CGSGI’s Colombian Investment Fund, Acceso, announced its first investment of U.S. $1.35 million in Alimentos SAS. This investment will enable Alimentos SAS to make plant improvements, expand into new markets, and create 100 new manufacturing jobs and up to 177 indirect jobs at the small farmer level.

Clinton Development Initiative (CDI)

CDI’s mission, in partnership with the national governments, communities, farmers, and the private sector, is to catalyze sustainable economic growth in Malawi and Rwanda. CDI aims to implement innovative programs to contribute to the economic and social development of rural communities, helping lift communities out of poverty by working with local farmers to develop transformational business opportunities.

Across all projects, CDI seeks to build internal, financial self-sufficiency and enable local management, operation, and ownership so that the projects can continue to grow and thrive without ongoing outside financial and operational support from the Foundation.

2011 CDI Highlights:
  • CDI is in its fourth season operating a 1,000-hectare commercial farm in western Malawi, growing soya, maize, and groundnuts. This season, CDI is working with 10,500 smallholder farmers near the commercial farm to grow additional soya.
  • Smallholder farmers in the Anchor Farm Project have experienced an average increase in yield (kilograms/hectare) of 150% through CDI’s work and sales. Prices for their soya have increased by 167% through direct links with processors negotiated by CDI. As a result of both productivity and market access improvements, smallholder profitability was 567% higher in 2011 than in any year since the project has been in operation.
  • This year, CDI signed a contract with Senwes, Limited, the second largest agricultural services company in South Africa. Senwes began operating in Malawi this year and signed a pre-season contract to purchase soya from both the CDI commercial farm and from CDI’s smallholder partners. The contract gives smallholders a guaranteed base price and an increase in price if Malawi soya market prices rise. The pre-season contract has stimulated the commitment from smallholders to plant more hectarage in soya during the current season.
  • The Foundation facilitated the planting of 2.5 million trees across Rwanda that will sequester an estimated 250,000 tons of carbon. The trees also add economic value to farmers through provision of fruits, shading, woodlots, and green fertilizer.
  • 40,000 tons of fertilizer, 100 tons of maize seed, 5.7 million cuttings of disease-resistant cassava, and 150 tons of improved bean seeds have been distributed to Rwandan farmers. This has enabled 43,000 farmers in the country to increase productivity by 240 percent, feeding 30,000 people.

Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative (CEO)

Building on President Clinton’s long-term commitment to economic advancement, the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative (CEO) works to accelerate economic progress in underserved communities in the United States by promoting entrepreneurship and advancing business-to-business public service. Through programs that provide entrepreneurs with support, ideas, and tools that can help them succeed in the marketplace, CEO aims to empower growing businesses, create jobs, generate wealth, and promote lasting economic development.

2011 CEO Highlights:
  • Since the summer of 2010, 17 small businesses in the New York area have received pro bono consulting services in the form of baseline assessments performed by Booz & Company and New York University Stern School of Business volunteers. As part of this program, these businesses were provided with a total of approximately $5 million in loan financing through Seedco Financial.
  • 75% of these small business clients are currently in the process of implementing the recommendations borne out of the 10-week assessments provided by Booz & Company and New York University Stern School of Business volunteers.
  • CEO has provided more than 75,000 hours of pro bono consulting and mentoring services worth more than $15 million to entrepreneurs, and supported the dissemination of $5 million in business loans to entrepreneurs by leveraging pro bono consultants to provide strategic advice to loan recipients.

Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI)

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) was created to address the core issues driving climate change. At the invitation of city and national governments and businesses around the world, CCI works to tailor local solutions that are economically and environmentally sustainable, with three strategic program areas: the C40 Cities Program identifies and promotes the exchange of proven programs and policies developed by cities; the Forestry program builds participating countries’ capacities for carbon measurement, reporting and verification; and the Clean Energy Program works with governments to develop cleaner energy at lower costs. In each of these programs, CCI uses a holistic approach to address the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them.

2011 CCI Highlights:
  • In October, working with the CCI building retrofit team, the Cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco launched Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to help property owners finance energy efficiency retrofits and renewable energy projects in existing commercial buildings. Together, Los Angeles and San Francisco Counties have two billion square feet of commercial building space that stand to benefit.
  • In Houston, the CCI building retrofit technical team and local City Director supported the design and implementation of a project to retrofit the City’s portfolio of 271 public buildings. This program is now being replicated by the Houston Independent School District to retrofit 265 school buildings; and has spurred the Energy Efficiency Incentive Program and Green Office Challenge in the private sector.
  • 10 sustainable forest management projects are being developed in Cambodia, Guyana, Indonesia, Kenya, and Tanzania. These forest projects will encompass 644,000 hectares of land and benefit more than 353,000 people in forest-dependent communities.
  • In Mexico City, CCI worked with Mexican authorities to close the Bordo Poniente Landfill, which will stem the city’s largest source of greenhouse gas and create renewable energy and local jobs.
  • In the spring, CCI announced a closer partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related policies and programs locally that will help address climate change globally. CCI works in collaboration with the leadership of C40 city governments to design and implement climate policies, programs and high-impact projects across existing program areas, as well as emerging areas such as waste-water management.
  • The CCI Cities’ Outdoor Lighting Program helps cities around the world to improve the energy efficiency of street lighting systems. The city of Boston is implementing a large-scale project to convert 18,800 mercury vapor (MV) streetlights, over 25 percent of all streetlights in Boston, to highly energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology. In the fourth quarter of 2010, the first phase of the project was completed with more than 2,600 MV streetlights converted.
  • In South Africa, CCI has been advising the government on the deployment of large scale CSP, ideally via Solar Parks. 2011 saw the announcement of preferred bidders for the first round of government support, in total representing around 800MW of solar power, both Photo-voltaic and CSP.

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)

The Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) was founded in 2002 by President Clinton with a transformational goal to help save the lives of millions of people living with HIV/AIDS in the developing world by dramatically scaling-up antiretroviral treatment. CHAI has played a leadership role working alongside governments and other partners to lower the costs of treatment and help build the in-country systems necessary to achieve that goal.

Building on progress achieved on HIV/AIDS, CHAI also has been asked by partner governments to improve treatment systems for malaria, TB, rotavirus, and other major diseases.

2011 CHAI Highlights:
  • CHAI’s Vaccine Team recently pioneered a new approach to vaccine price negotiation that lowered the price for the rotavirus vaccine from $15 per child to $5 per child in poor countries. CHAI supported the design and implementation of a national vaccine rollout plan that helped Kenya to become the first large African country to successfully launch the pneumococcal vaccine in February 2011. In October 2011, CHAI supported Ethiopia in accelerating its own launch of Pneumococcal vaccine by roughly two years, thereby saving the lives of tens of thousands of additional children.
  • In Nigeria, CHAI helped to improve the quality of HIV care, retention, adherence and tracking of children through training and mentoring program for 940 healthcare workers. In some hospitals, through clinical mentoring and the introduction of expert client, loss to follow-up of children in care and treatment has decreased from 50 to 5 percent.
  • CHAI has worked with manufacturers to drive down the cost of drugs and diagnostics and supported governments to optimize their spending — cumulatively reducing the price of key second-line ARVs, in partnership with UNITAID, by over 70% and the price of pediatric ARVs by more than 80%. In addition, the CHAI-UNITAID project has facilitated the introduction of seven pediatric dispersible fixed dose combinations enabling children to access better treatment at lower costs. CHAI has also reduced the cost of early infant diagnostics of HIV by 40%.

Clinton Presidential Center

The Clinton Presidential Center has spurred over $2.5 billion dollars in economic development to Central Arkansas through new projects and over 2 million visitors from all over the world.

2011 Center Highlights:
  • In 2011, the Clinton Center added two new amenities: the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and the Bill Clark Wetlands, which opened September 30 with President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton for the special dedication ceremony.
  • Around 27,000 school children visited the Clinton Center for free this year, a 30% increase over last year, and participated in the Center’s extensive free educational programming and special tours through the permanent and temporary exhibits.
  • President Clinton returned to Little Rock and the Old State House grounds where he kicked off his presidential campaign twenty years ago. He celebrated the anniversary with over 5,000 friends and former staffers.
  • The Foundation Department of Food, Beverage and Events (Forty-Two) kicked off their statewide Student Chef Series at Forest Park Elementary this year. This free monthly program focuses on Elementary and Middle School students’ awareness on eating healthy and making educated choices.
  • More than 130 students have completed the Master of Public Service degree program at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Through five classes, the school boasts an 85 percent graduation rate and an 85 percent career-placement rate.
  • The Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture Series continued to bring world-class speakers to the Center including two cabinet secretaries: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napalitano and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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