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Feb 22
February 22, 2015
Maura Pally

Maura Pally

Senior Vice President of Programs and Acting Chief Development Officer

Updates from the CEO


Every day at the Clinton Foundation, our more than 2,100 dedicated staff and volunteers across 36 countries are working hard to make a difference in lives around the world. A few times a month, I will be sharing updates and achievements about our programs, which will range from community health meetings in Little Rock, Arkansas, to expanding our smallholder farmer training programs in Rwanda, to annual meetings bringing together hundreds of leaders across sectors – demonstrating how our programs are adding up to make a difference in millions of lives.

See some of our program highlights and milestones from this month as well as what’s coming up:

Clinton Development Initiative

This week, we announced an expansion of the Clinton Development Initiative’s long-standing work in Rwanda. Through a new agreement with the Government of Rwanda, CDI will adapt and implement agricultural programs that have been operating successfully in Malawi and Tanzania to help more Rwandan farmers increase their crop yields and improve their access to markets. This work will also help more Rwandan farmers adapt to, and mitigate the impact of, climate change to further increase their yields and incomes. Read the press release and learn more about the Clinton Development Initiative’s successful Anchor Farm Project.

Clinton Climate Initiative

As part of our Clinton Climate Initiative’s System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) program, this month training was held for Kenyan scientists, which was led a scientist in the Netherlands. The training provided a model for quantitative analysis of growth and production of annual field crops, which will enable Kenya to generate and analyze data on crop growth as part of the national SLEEK program. Learn more about our climate change work.

Clinton Global Initiative

On February 10, we hosted our Clinton Global Initiative Winter Meeting with 580 participants in attendance. At the meeting, Chelsea Clinton announced “The Future of Impact” as the theme for the 2015 Annual Meeting and President Clinton moderated a panel discussion with Frank Giustra, Phumzile Mlambo – Ngucka, Jacqueline Novogratz, Paul Polman, and Randi Weingarten. President Clinton also announced two new Commitments to Action: Enhancing Livelihoods Investment Initiative by Unilever, Acumen, and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and the Food Security Impact Genome by Mission Measurement and partners, to increase the effectiveness of funding for food security programs. President Clinton also announced progress on the CGI America Commitment to Action, Investment and Training for American Infrastructure, which to date has already led to the allocation of nearly 14 billion into U.S. Infrastructure. Read more about the Winter Meeting in the press release and on the Foundation’s blog. 

Also, our Clinton Global Initiative’s CEO Bob Harrison recently authored a blog post discussing how CGI and the Foundation’s initiatives are bringing people together to find solutions. Read more our model in the post here

Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership

In addition to the big announcement at the CGI Winter Meeting for the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Enterprise Partnership), Super Selectos – a main supermarket chain in El Salvador – recently shared that the Enterprise Partnership’s Acceso Oferta Local supply chain enterprise is now the supermarket chain's number 1 provider in sales and volume for national vegetables and the number 2 provider across all national and imported vegetables. What a great accomplishment in less than one year in business! You can read more about the Enterprise Partnership’s new Commitment to Action announced at the CGI Winter meeting in The Guardian and Huffington Post, which features our Enterprise Partnership’s CEO Mark Gunton. Also, read more about the Enterprise Partnership’s work in Haiti in a recent Feed the Future article.

Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Earlier this month, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative’s (CHMI) Community Health Transformation program in Northeast Florida, in partnership with the Kennedy Forum, hosted the Integrated Health Workgroup, which is focused on integrating mental and physical health systems to improve patient outcomes. The next work group meeting for Northeast Florida will focus on food access to continue action planning on the elimination of food deserts in the 5-county region. Meanwhile, in the Coachella Valley, CHMI convened a group of 20 small to mid-size business owners to discuss no-cost and low-cost implementation strategies that could support and enhance employee health programs in private businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits.

Also earlier this month in New York, CHMI partnered with The Jed Foundation and The Moth’s Community Program to lead a series a workshops where participants learned to take their life experiences related to mental health, suicide loss and prescription drug misuse, and shape them into powerful stories. Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness will use these stories to launch a national campaign targeted at college students to promote emotional wellbeing. You can read more about the program on the Foundation’s blog.

Clinton Foundation in Haiti

On Monday, President Clinton will travel to Haiti to visit various Foundation projects in the artisan, agricultural, and tourism sectors. Read more about the trip on the press release and learn more about the Foundation’s work in Haiti and the individuals and partnerships that make it all possible in this video. You can also stay up to date with the trip by following the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter