President Bill Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation, with the mission to alleviate poverty, improve global health, strengthen economies, and protect the environment, by fostering partnerships among governments, businesses, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens — leveraging their expertise, resources, and passions — to turn good intentions into measurable results.
To accomplish its goals, the Clinton Foundation has established separate initiatives, each with a distinct mission but all reflecting President Clinton’s founding vision: to implement sustainable programs that improve access worldwide to investment, opportunity, and lifesaving services now and for future generations. Working in diverse geographic regions and responding to local needs, the initiatives address targeted challenges in the Foundation’s key areas of focus: economic empowerment, education, environment and energy, health systems, and nutrition.
WHAT THEY DO:
I) Transforming Ideas Into Action: CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) reflects President Clinton’s belief that governments need collaboration from the private sector, NGOs, and other global leaders to effectively confront the world’s greatest global challenges.
By building partnerships among world leaders from a variety of backgrounds, CGI creates a unique opportunity to channel the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize change. To date, CGI members have made more than 1,900 commitments valued at $63 billion, which have already improved the lives of nearly 300 million people in more than 170 countries.
II) Combating Climate Change: CLINTON CLIMATE INITIATIVE
The William J. Clinton Foundation launched the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to create and advance solutions to the core issues driving climate change. We take a holistic approach, addressing the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the people, policies, and practices that impact them. Working with governments and businesses around the world, CCI focuses on three strategic program areas: increasing energy efficiency in cities, catalyzing the large-scale supply of clean energy, and working to stop deforestation.
The Clinton Climate Initiative is making a difference in the fight against climate change in practical, measurable and significant ways, by working with 40 of the world's largest cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
III) Treating HIV/AIDS & Malaria: CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)* is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs.
Since its inception, CHAI has helped more than 2 million people access the medicines needed for treatment, which represents nearly half of all the people living with HIV and on treatment in developing countries.
IV) Fighting Childhood Obesity: ALLIANCE FOR A HEALTHIER GENERATION
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association, is dedicated to ending the increase in childhood obesity and helping all kids and their families lead healthy, active lives.
Nearly one in three children and teens in the United States is already overweight or obese. In the past 20 years, childhood obesity rates have doubled and are now at epidemic rates.
To combat the growing epidemic, the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation partnered in May 2005 to create the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The goal of the Alliance is to reduce the nationwide prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015, and to inspire young people in the U.S. to develop lifelong healthy habits.
V) Promoting Economic Opportunity: CLINTON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY INITIATIVE
President Clinton, building on his long-term commitment to economic advancement, established the Clinton Economic Opportunity Initiative (CEO) in 2002 to reduce economic inequity and accelerate economic progress in the United States by helping individuals become more financially stable and businesses in underserved communities to grow.
CEO advances its mission through programs that focus on two primary areas:
FINANCIAL MAINSTREAM: The Financial Mainstream Program helps people access lower cost, safer financial services, and the support they need to develop and sustain good financial habits.
VI) Creating Sustainable Development in Africa: CLINTON HUNTER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
More than 325 million people in Africa live on less than $1 a day, with little or no access to clean water, sanitation, quality health care, and other life-sustaining goods. Two-thirds of Africans rely on agriculture for survival, but many African farmers lack access to markets at fair prices, and many also lack access to fertilizer, disease-resistant seeds, and other farming inputs.
Building on President Clinton’s long-standing commitment to Africa, the Clinton Foundation partnered with the Hunter Foundation in 2006 to launch the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, which is investing $100 million over 10 years to catalyze sustainable economic growth in Africa. CHDI is working in Rwanda and Malawi – at the invitation of these countries’ governments - to strengthen agriculture, develop agri-businesses, and increase access to clean water, quality health care, and education – in ways that can be locally sustained.
VII) Enabling Sustainable Development: CLINTON GIUSTRA SUSTAINABLE GROWTH INITIATIVE
Established in June 2007 by President Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra, CGSGI focuses on alleviating poverty through market-driven development that creates jobs and increases incomes, and by strengthening factors that enable economic growth such as health and education. CGSGI creates value by forging cross-sectoral partnerships, designing innovative programs and bringing them to scale, aligning stakeholders, and mainstreaming best practices. The Initiative is committed to assuring transparent and efficient use of resources, and integrating rigorous monitoring and evaluation into its projects.
The William J. Clinton Foundation serves as the implementing partner for CGSGI and has been working in Colombia and Peru to support entrepreneurship, create jobs, strengthen child nutrition, and expand access to health services in remote areas.
Since its launch in 2005, CGI members have made more than 1,700 Commitments to Action valued at $57 billion to improve the lives of more than 200 million people in over 170 countries. Because of the efforts of CGI’s members:
More than 10 million children have gained access to a better education.
More than 650,000 people have learned new professional skills.
The equivalent of 60 million metric tons of CO2 emissions have been cut.
More than 33 million acres of forest have been protected or restored.
Enough clean energy has been generated to power more than 400,000 homes.
48 million people now have access to better health care.
More than 12 million people have access to safe, fresh drinking water.
More than $150 million has been invested in new medical research.
34 million people have access to treatment for neglected tropical diseases.
Nearly nine million people have new jobs or income-generating opportunities.
More than $600 million has been invested in or loaned to small and medium-sized enterprises.
More than three million people have better access to information technology.
Almost three million micro-entrepreneurs have been empowered through microfinance.
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