Today, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton announced the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) theme – “The Future of Impact” – at the CGI Winter Meeting, along with two ambitious new Commitments to Action that are emblematic of the potential of cross-sector collaboration in the years ahead.
Marking CGI’s 10th full year since its launch in 2005, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton convened hundreds of CGI members and new participants for a day of focused working sessions on a variety of topics. In the closing session of the Winter Meeting, Chelsea Clinton announced “The Future of Impact” theme, which challenges CGI members to define the next decade of commitment-making by focusing specifically on:
- Expanding and replicating proven solutions to underserved geographies, markets, and populations
- Making the required long-term investments to address global challenges and create opportunity for all
- Democratizing social and technological innovation to drive global and local impact
Fitting with the year’s theme, President Clinton announced a new CGI commitment by Unilever, Acumen, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership - an initiative of the Clinton Foundation - to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) will be a three-year, minimum $10 million investment initiative to catalyze economic growth and alleviate poverty among low-income communities in the developing world, while creating more inclusive and sustainable value chains. One of the primary goals of the partnership, which leverages Acumen’s and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s market-based approaches to poverty alleviation, will be to create and scale-up privately-held enterprises which will support smallholder farmers and link them to Unilever’s global supply chains and distribution networks.
President Clinton also announced a new commitment by Mission Measurement, and its eight commitment partners across sectors, to create the The Food Security Genome. Led in part by the architect of Pandora’s Music Genome Project, The Food Security Genome will systematically code data from corporate, NGO, academic, and government resources to quantify outcomes and identify key success factors to address food security. In effect, this “genomic” model will aim to turn decades of data into actionable insights that enable users to predict the efficacy and cost per outcome for any food security program. Partners include leading corporations and corporate foundations (General Mills Foundation, The Safeway Foundation and Tyson Foods) and leading NGOs (Capital Area Food Bank, CARE, Heifer International and Share Our Strength).
Following the announcements, President Clinton moderated a panel on “The Future of Impact” with Frank Giustra, founder, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women, Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen, Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; and Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, to explore the next decade of addressing global challenges. Watch the full panel below:
This year, CGI will host meetings across three continents and more than 50 events around specific topics of focus within CGI’s Tracks. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.