May 7, 2015
Thursday
May 07
2015

CGI Middle East & Africa Attendees Make New Commitments to Action to Positively Impact Lives of More Than 800,000 People

Marrakech, Morocco
Press Release

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New Commitments to Action will expand access to clean water, create new employment opportunities for young people, and empower women and girls across the Middle East and Africa.

Marrakech – Today, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton concluded the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Middle East & Africa Meeting in Marrakech, where regional and global leaders from business, government, philanthropy, and NGOs highlighted regional successes and addressed pressing challenges by creating Commitments to Action, including ones focused on investing in youth; securing access to energy, food, and water; and expanding infrastructure for communities throughout the Middle East and Africa.

Participants developed and announced 29 new Commitments to Action - new, specific, and measurable plans to address a significant global challenge, which will positively impact the lives of more than 800,000 people. When fully funded and implemented, these efforts by CGI commitment makers will positively impact more than 132,000 girls and women through a variety of programs to improve quality of education and increase access to employment and skills development opportunities; more than 123,000 people through access to training programs; and more than 60,000 students who will become enrolled in school.

Since 2005, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over 180 countries. The commitments include efforts to improve access to health care, create clean energy solutions for those at the base of the pyramid, and increase the full and equitable participation of girls and women in all parts of society.

"We started CGI by asking people to make commitments. After a decade, there have been more than 3,200 such commitments, which have improved the lives of more than 430 million people in 180 countries,” said President Clinton. “Just by getting people to do what they can - by putting people in the frame of mind that they should do something even if they can’t do everything.”

The following new commitments and progress reports were announced:

Rwanda Water and Health Infrastructure
Commitment By: Greif, Inc.
In 2015, Greif, Inc. is committing to expand their 2011 Buckets to Backpacks commitment to Rwanda, where they will provide 100,000 PackH20 water backpacks that will be distributed alongside proper hygiene, sanitation and water supply storage training. Over the next two years Greif and their partners will also support small business growth in Rwanda by building micro-production facilities that will enable community members to eventually manufacture and market the PackH20 in country. To date, an estimated 875,000 people have increased access to safe drinking water as a result of the PackH20. By expanding into Rwanda, Greif and their partners aim to reach 600,000 more people with this life-changing innovation.

TRECC: Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities
Commitment By: Jacobs Foundation
In 2015, the Jacobs Foundation is committing $52 million to develop and support a comprehensive educational strategy in the Ivory Coast to ensure child protection in cocoa-growing communities, empower women, improve educational outcomes for children and young people, and enhance the livelihoods of cocoa farmers. The Jacobs Foundation will use multiple integrated engagement areas to transform education in cocoa communities, including targeted research projects, local capacity building, grant matching with local cocoa companies for community development projects, and “impact-first” financing. Over the next seven years, these programs will increase productivity and improve livelihoods for an estimated 200,000 children and young people in cocoa-producing communities.

Leveraging Emerging Leaders and Educators for Peace
Commitment By: Seeds of Peace
In 2015, Seeds of Peace is committing to foster a community of 60 young change-makers from Jordan, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, who will connect with people, resources and opportunities to positively transform the debate around political, social and economic reform in and across their societies. Two new fellowship initiatives will be launched this year - one for rising young professional leaders and social entrepreneurs, and another for educators, artists, and civic leaders. Each will provide leadership training, mentorship, support for community action projects, and opportunities to showcase people-to-people peacebuilding efforts for all of the young leaders. Fellows will maximize their impact by returning to their communities to share their work and help build out the space for entrepreneurial action and a transformation of conflict into cooperation within and between their societies.

New Sectors, Frontiers, & Insights for Youth Employment
Commitment By: Education for Employment (EFE)
In 2015, Education for Employment (EFE) is committing to create lasting economic opportunity for youth in the Middle East and North Africa by providing demand-driven training to 13,600 young people. They will do this through collaboration with their partners and many well-established small- and medium-sized enterprises in the region. Based on insight from employers in regional growth sectors, EFE will adopt a sector-specific approach for job placement programs that will focus on employing young people in digital, sales, construction, hospitality, and other industries seeking talent. EFE and partners will use blog campaigns and social media to share perspectives and subject area expertise from their broad network in the Middle East and North Africa, including over 28,000 alumni. This will provide a platform for employers and other partners to drive visibility and inspire further tangible action on employment for young people.

Hogan Lovells Initiative to Empower Girls & Women
Commitment By: Hogan Lovells
In 2015, Hogan Lovells is committing to empower women and girls through an expansion of their firm’s existing Global Citizenship Program to more countries around the world, including Uganda, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Nigeria. The program’s expansion will include a new Initiative to Empower Girls and Women that will provide volunteers and pro bono legal support to organizations that are working to address gender-based abuse, educational opportunities for women and girls, and women-led business opportunities. Each year, every one of Hogan Lovells’ 40 global offices will select a local non-governmental organization with which to partner, and each of the more than 5,000 global staff members will be encouraged to participate in 25 paid hours of service to further support these organizations. Hogan Lovells’ initiative will expand and improve the legal protections currently available and empower women and girls to directly access legal services that may never have been within reach until now. 

A Class of Their Own: Empowering a Start-up Ecosystem
Commitment By: Hult International Business Schools
In 2015, Hult Prize is committing to create a hands-on entrepreneurship program as part of a new Master of Entrepreneurship Degree Program at their School of Business in Dubai, with unique course rotations located in global technology start-up hubs. Building on their innovative start-up challenge where university and college students compete for $1 million in seed funding to launch sustainable social enterprises, Hult will identify a topical challenge for the year and recruit the top young entrepreneurs from countries across the Middle East to spend that year building an enterprise that can sustainably solve the pressing challenge. The programs will foster and promote fresh idea development and institutionalize the entrepreneurial spirit among a new generation of entrepreneurs who will gain both the academic qualifications and the real world experience to have a lasting impact on the region.

Clean Water and Solar for Ebola Clinics in Sierra Leone
Commitment By: WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc.
In 2015, WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. is committing to join the Government of Sierra Leone in its efforts to eradicate Ebola from the country with a contribution of three of the company’s largest solar-powered water purification and electricity generation systems. The systems use solar power to create potable water through reverse osmosis and to pump high volumes of water for irrigation. They are also equipped with batteries to run lights, medical equipment, refrigeration, computers, and other electronic equipment. Over the next two years alone, these three systems will pump and purify approximately 25 million liters of clean, safe drinking water for healthcare facilities in the fight against Ebola and ongoing healthcare delivery for up to 20 years into the future.

Democratizing Entrepreneurship
Commitment By: INJAZ Morocco
In 2015, INJAZ is committing to build off the success of their initial commitment and empower an additional 70,000 students by expanding their program to schools in six remote cities across Morocco where the concept of youth entrepreneurship is not common. INJAZ Morocco endeavors to ensure that geographic location does not prevent young Moroccans from developing the skills they need to succeed in the job market or start their own business.

The Northern Bahr el Ghazal Employment Initiative
Commitment By: The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation
In 2015, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation is committing to expand on the success of their existing commitment and school curriculum with the addition of an apprenticeship and job training program. The expansion is geared toward young adults who would otherwise not be able to pursue further schooling due to a lack of primary education or a pressing need to generate income for their families. Over the next three years, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation will serve 200 young adults who, upon completion of their training, apprenticeship or internship, the students will be equipped to obtain a skilled job in local growth areas such as sustainable food production, clean energy, and small-scale manufacturing.

Youth Empowered for Success
Commitment By: The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation
In 2015, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation is committing $4.5 million over the next three years to underwrite the design and launch of the Youth Empowered for Success program, a bold new initiative to create sustainable, safe, and productive jobs for young people in Africa. The  will support organizations working to connect young people with job opportunities, businesses, marketable skills and financial services. The program integrates training and technology to help young people to thrive in local economies, through their own businesses or other forms of sustainable and productive employment. Given their broad-based and dedicated investment in Africa, Coca-Cola is committed to connecting young people with job training, mentoring, and financial services through their partners and vast network located across the continent.

Rural Community Preschools: Investing Early for All
Commitment By: Zakoura Foundation
In 2015, Zakoura Foundation is committing to create 100 new community preschools and reinforce the capacity of 50 existing ones in rural Morocco. Zakoura aims to address a gap in the country’s pre-primary school education capacity and curriculum, and raise awareness among mothers of the developmental importance of early childhood education for their children. Over the next year and a half, Zakoura will hire and train 200 women educators to teach in the community’s pre-schools. Additionally, Zakoura will offer capacity support and share its expertise on the community preschool model with local NGOs and public institutions involved in early education. Families and communities in Morocco will be supported through various opportunities, including literacy and early childhood education training for mothers. Zakoura will also provide project and financial management support to the local association to prepare its members to independently manage the village’s community preschool in the future.

IT’S TYME: Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs in Africa
Commitment By: Junior Achievement Africa (JA Africa)
In 2015, Junior Achievement Africa is committing to identify, train, and nurture 500 additional marginalized young African entrepreneurs through the expansion of its pilot program Immersion Training Strategy: Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs (IT’S TYME). JA Africa’s commitment will focus on reaching out-of-school young people in sub-Saharan Africa between the ages of 15 and 35, to provide training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, personal money management, and workplace readiness. In one year, JA Africa will work with local NGOs and community based organizations to build on its existing pilot programs in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, while adding an additional pilot program in Ghana. Upon completion of the program, JA Africa’s young entrepreneurs will compete against their counterparts from across sub-Saharan Africa in a youth-owned business competition. JA Africa will also link them to broader opportunities for business incubation, capital investment, and professional mentoring.

Transforming English Language Instruction in Morocco
Commitment By: AMIDEAST
In 2015, AMIDEAST, working closely with the Moroccan National Ministry of Education, is committing to provide 240 Moroccan public school English teachers, supervisors, and inspectors with training through an internationally recognized certification for teaching English as a second language. AMIDEAST will also certify 12 licensed trainers, so that the Ministry of Education can continue to provide this high-quality certification to the remainder of the country’s 7,500 public school English teachers. Collectively those teachers will reach 1.3 million young people in Morocco.

Digitized Learning for Lebanon & Syrian Refugees
Commitment By: TidWit
In 2015, TidWit is committing to provide a fully digitized Lebanese curriculum for 50,000 Lebanese public school students and Syrian refugees in response to the massive educational challenges posed by the Syrian crisis. TidWit will provide online learning materials free-of-charge through the public school system, schools for Syrian refugees, community centers, and self-study opportunities. This investment in education and workforce development is a key part of providing long-term solutions for refugees and vulnerable people to safely support their families and their communities.

Building Resilience of Refugees and Host Communities
Commitment By: Near East Foundation
In 2015, The Near East Foundation will establish three “Siraj Centers” to build the economic self-reliance of 2,250 people in Lebanon and Jordan. The centers will serve as safe spaces where Syrian refugees, and vulnerable Lebanese and Jordanian people can access financial education services or start income-generating activities with access to training, information and financial resources. This investment in education and workforce development will further the Near East Foundation’s goal of providing long-term solutions for refugees and vulnerable people to safely support their families and their communities.

Enriching Smallholder Farmers in Africa
Commitment By: OCP
In 2015, OCP is committing to form a new core business unit devoted to enhancing productivity and income for 100,000 smallholder farmers in selected agricultural areas across six countries in Africa. As part of their commitment, OCP will develop a highly-diversified fertilizer product mix to provide African smallholder farmers with a formula containing the specific nutrients that they need to enhance their crops and soils, and further boost their productivity. In addition, the new core business unit will support farmers with further inputs and services, such as training, technical assistance, credit, insurance, and markets where they can sell their produce at fair prices. Over the next three years, OCP will work with local NGOs and advisors to empower smallholder farmers in Africa with the tools they need to improve their livelihoods and build self-sustaining local farms.

Tunisian Handicrafts: Support Thru Export
Commitment By: Tunisian American Young Professionals (TAYP)
In 2015, Tunisian American Young Professionals is committing to expand its pilot Handicrafts Program, which aims to connect 30 local Tunisian artisans with potential buyers from around the world. TAYP will work to strengthen the capacity of an existing goods collection and distribution center for artisans in Tunisia and as well as another in the United States. These facilities will contribute to more scalable and sustainable business ties between Tunisian artisans and U.S. retailers.

Fair Trade Morocco: Extending Responsibility Beyond the Mere Act of Buying
Commitment By: Ministry of Handicrafts & Social and Solidarity-based Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
In 2015, the Ministry of Handicrafts & Social and Solidarity-based Economy in Morocco is committing to formally expand its fair trade marketplace, building on the scope of its existing work with cooperatives and the growing international demand for fair trade products. In order to formalize the fair trade marketplace across all relevant sectors and industries, the Ministry will set up a fair trade labeling and certification system - the first of its kind in Morocco - in coordination with a broad network of relevant stakeholders from the private, public, and NGO sectors.

You Are One Of Us: Supporting education for marginalized communities
Commitment By: Al Khair Foundation for Social Development
In 2015, Al Khair Foundation for Social Development (AKF) is committing to promote school enrollment and support educational success for young Akhdam people in Yemen. AKF will do this through the implementation of a Conditional Cash Transfer program aimed at reaching 500 seventh-to-ninth graders and their families over a period of 36 months. AKF will promote the benefits of schooling by encouraging families to support their children’s education, and will also provide financial assistance with registration fees and school materials for families. AKF will launch media campaigns to spread awareness of the initiative - urging Yemenis to accept the Akhdam as fellow citizens and schoolmates, so that they too are afforded the opportunities that education provides for a productive and prosperous future.

Bridging the energy, food and water nexus using water pumps
Commitment By: AKWA
In 2015, AKWA and its partners are committing to increase energy efficiency in Morocco’s agricultural sector with the introduction of 28 solar-powered irrigation pumps that will replace existing diesel and other fossil energy pumps. AKWA’s commitment will reduce pollution through the use of clean solar energy and save costs for community members with technology that converts sunlight directly into electricity. These initial pilot projects will focus on the rehabilitation, extension and sustainability of local almond, apple and date palm crops. Over two years these projects have the potential to reach 34,000 people living in rural areas of Morocco, affording them the chance to both save money on electricity costs and increase crop yields for years to come.

NoorWheels: A Social Enterprise to Provide Wheelchairs for All in Africa
Commitment By: Amicale Marocaine des Handicapes (Groupe AMH)
In 2015, Amicale Marocaine des Handicapes (Groupe AMH) is committing to create a production site for wheelchairs in Khouribga, Morocco, an area with high rates of unemployment, and a lack of access to wheelchairs. Over the next three years, the new production site will create at least 13 jobs and will more than triple the number of wheelchairs produced in affiliation with Groupe AMH, from 460 to 1,600. Additionally, Groupe AMH will invest in research and development to build lighter and more affordable wheelchairs out of aluminum. Groupe AMH’s commitment will help to ensure the social integration of people currently living with disabilities in Morocco - an often marginalized group - and will impact more than 3,500 people in the country by ensuring that quality, affordable wheelchairs are made available to those who need them most.

Moroccan Mountains: Retaining water, improving livelihoods
Commitment By: Migrations & Développement (M&D)
In 2015, Migrations & Développement is committing to provide local Moroccans affected by increasingly harsh living conditions and water scarcity in the Atlas and Anti-Atlas Mountains, with a viable alternative to migrating to urban areas in Morocco or abroad. Through this commitment, M&D and its partners will engage local villagers to build four hill reservoirs in the Souss Massa Drâa region of Morocco. The reservoirs will be built on agricultural land where crops are grown for more than 3,200 people in the surrounding communities. M&D will also educate and train 1,200 villagers on issues of environmental sustainability, including ten who will learn about the long-term maintenance of the hill reservoirs.

Buckets to Backpacks
Commitment By: Greif, Inc.
In 2011, Greif, Inc. committed to manufacture and distribute PackH20 - a sealable, ergonomically designed water backpack - that keeps water clean and disease-free for the people of Haiti. By the end of 2014, more than 175,000 of these safe, efficient alternative methods of transporting water could be found in 35 countries on four continents. 

Sustainable Energy Solutions Powered by Women’s Enterprise
Commitment By: Solar Sister
In 2012, Solar Sister committed to build a network of women energy entrepreneurs who would bring the benefits of solar lighting, mobile phone charging, and clean cookstove technologies to underserved and hard to reach rural communities. Solar Sister committed to expand their existing Uganda-based network by recruiting, training, and supporting 3,000 women across Tanzania, Nigeria and Kenya. As of March 2015, Solar Sister has created a path for 1,250 women in Uganda, Tanzania, and Nigeria to become active and knowledgeable participants in our sustainable, market-based, clean energy distribution network. This work has prevented an estimated 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and countless respiratory illnesses in the process.

Fostering a New Generation of Moroccan Entrepreneurs
Commitment By: INJAZ Morocco
In 2012, INJAZ Morocco committed to provide entrepreneurship training to students in secondary, high school and colleges across the country in an effort to encourage creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit within Morocco’s education system and among its young people. All of the students in INJAZ Morocco’s programs are empowered with mentors who guide them through the process of creating and managing their own small business and teach them about marketing, business planning, teamwork, and leadership. As of March 2015, in conjunction with 90 partners, INJAZ has trained over 35,000 students in 146 schools across 12 cities in Morocco. 

Increasing Access to Secondary Education in Southern Sudan
Commitment By: The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation
In 2007, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation committed to build and administer an educational complex in Marial Bai, South Sudan. The complex would expand educational opportunities for out-of-school young people, increase girls’ enrollment, and offer teacher training and adult education. The secondary school and community center have been open for six years now. Today, 500 students attend the school, including 100 girls, which represents the largest number of girls boarding at any secondary school in the country.

Engaging Men in Women-Led Community Change
Commitment By: Women for Women International (WfWi)
In 2010, Women for Women International committed to a three year public awareness campaign to increase men's engagement as advocates for women-led community change in rebuilding economies and communities after war. Per WfWi’s commitment, more than 5,000 men were trained through their Men’s Leadership Program on topics such as a woman's right to work, own property, and live free from violence in and outside the home. These men then returned home to help shape actions and beliefs in their communities, bringing the program’s reach close to 50,000 husbands, fathers, and community leaders.

Sustainable Pathways: Advancing Youth Employability
Commitment By: Malaika
In 2012, Malaika committed to empower young people in the community of Kalebuka in the Democratic Republic of Congo through the use of football, education, and health programs as social development tools. As part of the official campaign of the FIFA South Africa World Cup, Malaika was chosen to host the 19th Football for Hope Center, a community center that was inaugurated in August 2013. In March 2015, the Center completed its first year of literacy, math, English, French, and sewing classes, and regular workshops on health awareness and disease prevention. Almost 200 young people have benefited from the center’s courses, along with the distribution of 2,000 insecticide-treated bed nets through Malaika’s Drop Malaria program.

Agri-Fin Mobile: Enhancing Small-holder Income via Mobile
Commitment By: Mercy Corps
In 2012, Mercy Corps committed to address food insecurity and poverty through the implementation of Agri-Fin Mobile, an initiative that brings together public and private shareholders to offer affordable, bundled mobile agricultural and financial services to smallholder farmers in Uganda, Indonesia and Zimbabwe. The Agri-Fin Mobile platform enables farmers to receive current market pricing and weather information, farm management tips and payment for their produce. To date, around 600,000 smallholder farmers have accessed financial and agricultural services and close to $30,000 has been transferred between buyers and farmers through Agri-Fin Mobile. With more effective mobile technology helping to produce more food at lower prices, smallholder farmers in Africa can improve their own livelihoods, and importantly, alleviate food insecurity in the communities that surround them. 

Catalyzing Rural Energy Micro-Entrepreneurs in Rwanda by Nuru Energy
Commitment By: Nuru Energy
In 2014, Nuru Energy committed to scaling up their existing solar micro-enterprise activities in East Africa by providing 2,000 village-level entrepreneurs across Rwanda with the means to sell 240,000 rechargeable LED Lights to poor, rural households. Nuru’s system benefits villages without access to electricity grids, and at the same time enables local entrepreneurs to work and earn a living in their own communities. The entrepreneurs are provided with Nuru Octopus Chargers, a recharging platform which - with just 20 minutes of easy pedaling or direct sunlight - can fully recharge five Nuru Lights or up to five other USB-charged devices, including mobile phones. Nuru also created a fund to help more entrepreneurs with the up-front costs of purchasing lights and chargers. In just one year, 160 local entrepreneurs have touched more than 80,000 lives by distributing 16,000 Nuru Lights; decreasing the use of kerosene and replacing it with a clean, safe, low-cost lighting alternative for families across Rwanda.

Combatting Neglected Tropical Diseases in the DRC
Commitment By: The END Fund
In 2014, The END Fund, along with its partners, committed to deliver medicines to treat more than one million additional people per year in the DRC who are at risk of NTDs. With medicines procured from the WHO and donated by partners, The END Fund committed to deliver treatments via community health workers in the DRC at least once a year, over a three-year period. Today, their NTD program in the DRC has already reached their target of more than one million beneficiaries. The END Fund is currently implementing mass drug administration, targeting river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and deworming, as well as implementing NTD education and awareness campaigns.

Supporting Job Creation in Rwanda with ASYV
Commitment By: Jenner & Block Llp
In 2014, Jenner & Block Llp committed to support Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV), by providing them with pro bono services to lay the legal groundwork for the creation of for-profit businesses. The establishment of See Far Enterprises, Ltd. will make it possible for the community to build companies and provide job opportunities for the village’s students and graduates. It will also serve as a source of revenue to further their charitable mission of enabling orphaned and vulnerable young people to realize their maximum potential. As of today, Jenner & Block Llp has established See Far Enterprises as a legal entity, prepared its by-laws, and the company has already trained 108 employees, about half of whom are ASYV graduates.

Women Barefoot Solar Engineers: Rural Empowerment in Africa
Commitment By: Barefoot College
In 2014, Barefoot College committed to build on its successful Barefoot Approach of self-reliant, community-based rural development, by establishing six regional training centers in sub-Saharan Africa. Over two years, Barefoot College will launch these facilities in partnership with the national governments of Burkina Faso, Liberia, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zanzibar. Further, Barefoot will train 560 local women to become solar engineers who will bring inexpensive, reliable energy to their homes and electrify their villages. Importantly, the empowered Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of Africa will become competent, confident entrepreneurs in their communities and stewards of the environment. Since October 2014, Barefoot has raised two million dollars toward their goal, constructed the first training facility in Zanzibar, and are in the process of opening their second facility in South Sudan. 

SATMED: Improved e-health access, Simplified e-health use
Commitment By: SES S.A.
In 2014, SES S.A. committed to develop and launch SATMED, a satellite enhanced cloud-computing based Telemedicine platform that will improve access to and simplify use of e-Health in Sierra Leone, Benin, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Eritrea. With SATMED, patients can be remotely diagnosed by experts, while doctors and nurses can improve their knowledge through online courses and live sessions. Partner organizations will use SATMED to improve access to medical care, make health management more effective, and upgrade their collection and management of data. Although the platform is not yet finalized, in December of 2014 SATMED was installed in remotely-located Serabu Hospital in Sierra Leone to assist them in preventing the spread of Ebola. The technology was primarily used as a consultation tool to connect doctors at the clinic seeking expertise and remote doctors who could provide them with medical advice.

HOPE: Peace Corps South Africa Initiative
Commitment By: Operation HOPE
In 2008, Operation HOPE and HOPE Global Initiatives committed to train and mobilize 200 Peace Corps Volunteers to bring financial literacy, dignity, and entrepreneurship training to ten thousand South African children, young adults, and women. As of April 2013, HOPE had recruited approximately 2,000 HOPE Corps volunteers in South Africa and empowered nearly 41,000 young people and adults across the country with the knowledge and skills needed to foster financial independence. All Peace Corps Volunteers were trained to deliver the Banking on Our Future financial literacy and empowerment curriculum in their villages. Today, this commitment is complete, but the work continues through Operation HOPE’s ongoing partnership with the Peace Corps in South Africa.

Barclays GSK Partnership: Together for Africa
Commitment By: Barclays PLC
In 2013, Barclays and GlaxoSmithKline committed to a partnership to address financial barriers and economic inefficiencies in health systems across Africa. Leveraging Barclay’s business acumen and GSK’s healthcare supply chains, together they committed to build a cost-effective private sector medicine supply chain and establish small enterprise health outlets in rural areas across the continent. Today, the Partnership is still committing to invest $11 million through the end of 2016 to improve access to affordable healthcare in Africa, but now the model will create employment opportunities as well. The pilot program in Zambia will foster a network of community health entrepreneurs, who will earn a living while working within their local communities, selling affordable health-related products and promoting health awareness.

Support for CGI Middle East & Africa is provided by: AKWA Group; APCO Worldwide; Attjariwafa Bank; Banque Populaire; BMCE Bank Group; Confederation Générale des Enterprises du Maroc (CGEM); Channel IT Group; Groupe Credit Agricole du Maroc; Hult International Business Schools; Oando Foundation; OCP;The Coca-Cola Company; Université Internationale de Casablanca of Laureate International Universities.

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About The Clinton Global Initiative 
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 190 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI will also convene CGI Middle East & Africa, which will bring together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.