Expanding Opportunity. Building Community.
In 2016, despite the political season and unprecedented attacks that were misleading or outright false, the Clinton Foundation continued its good work in the United States and around the world. I am very grateful to our staff, leadership, and Board, and to our donors both large and small, new and longstanding, for keeping our focus on how we can solve problems and seize opportunities to improve more lives.
I started the Foundation with strongly held beliefs: everyone counts, everyone deserves a chance, everyone has a role to play, and we all do better when we work together. The attacks on our efforts have not come from people and organizations who understand or care about the work we do. By contrast, those who do understand have a very different view of what we do and how we do it. The three main charity review groups, which take a detailed look at governance, financial health, transparency, and accountability, have given us high ratings: Charity Navigator: Four Stars; CharityWatch: A; and GuideStar: Platinum. The Foundation’s work has also been praised by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and Inside Philanthropy.
Let’s look at what happened in 2016, and then I want to say a word about the future.
In an ongoing effort to help communities deal with the opioid epidemic, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative negotiated a groundbreaking agreement with Adapt Pharma to provide the first nasal spray version of Naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, to all U.S. high schools free of charge. The distributions have already begun in Pennsylvania and in thirty-one other states across the country.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation continued its efforts to empower kids to develop lifelong healthy habits through its work in schools, juvenile justice facilities, and out-of-school time sites reaching more than 21 million young people – including nearly 35,000 schools and more than 2,600 out-of-school time sites. Additionally, the Alliance continues to work with the business sector to increase access to healthier foods. Most recently, the Alliance launched community-focused work to reduce the calorie consumption from beverages in the Mississippi Delta and Alabama’s Greater Montgomery area. The Alliance’s work with the beverage companies (a CGI commitment made in 2014) includes a goal of reducing calories by 20 percent nationwide.
The Clinton Development Initiative grew its smallholder farmer outreach in Rwanda, Malawi, and Tanzania, and is now helping 150,000 farmers increase their production, sales, and incomes. CDI also helped farmers in Malawi find new markets in Europe for their groundnuts and opened the first of three planned health clinics on our Anchor Farm in Malawi. The clinic provides primary health care services and disease prevention, and saw tens of thousands of patients between April and December of 2016.
We also continued to seek out new ways to help underserved populations diversify and grow their incomes through the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, which expanded its work connecting smallholder farmers with high-value markets beyond Latin America into Indonesia and Côte D’Ivoire. To date, CGEP has impacted more than 600,000 people through market opportunities generated by social enterprises, as well as through health and well-being programs.
The Foundation also continued its work in Haiti supporting farmers, artisans, and entrepreneurs. Through the Haiti initiative and CGEP, more than 7,000 people in rural and underserved areas of the country received adult literacy and agronomy training. Ninety percent of those in adult literacy training were women. Last year, the Foundation also supported increased production of important crops such as moringa, peanuts, and castor, helping to improve incomes for over 3,000 farmers. In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew – which devastated the country’s outhern region and left an estimated 800,000 people in urgent need of emergency relief – members of the CGI Haiti Action Network provided more than $15 million worth of emergency supplies, equipment, and services to help support the recovery effort.
Through the Clinton Climate Initiative, we continued to help countries mitigate the effects of climate change, and through our Island Energy program, CCI is currently assisting with the development of geothermal, solar, and wind projects across the Caribbean. For example, a 3 MW solar project and a 30 MW geothermal project in Saint Lucia are expected to bring clean power to half of the country’s 60,000 households. In order to amplify the long-term impact of these efforts, CCI launched a new Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network last February so that more women are empowered to become part of the energy solutions in their communities – and to reaffirm our commitment to the full participation of girls and women across each of our initiatives.
EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP
Our commitment to early childhood education remained as robust as ever, and in 2016, Too Small to Fail launched a new effort to distribute books to underserved families through diaper banks, and opened 19 “Talking is Teaching” themed playgrounds around the country that integrate learning with play – using conversational prompts that encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their children. A recent study found reading and math gaps in kindergarten readiness significantly decreasing since 2010, which the authors attributed in part to an overall increase in parent interaction with their young children. The authors cited Too Small to Fail, among others, as an example of programs that are encouraging parents to create enriching home environments for their children.
The Clinton Global Initiative University program brought together more than 1,200 students representing 90 countries and 225 universities at the University of California, Berkeley last April to learn from one another and access the resources they need to address challenges in communities that span six continents. Over 750 commitments were made, including commitments to teach coding skills to resettled refugees in Oakland, California; provide low-cost infant warmers to mothers in rural Afghanistan; and help prevent illegal poaching in Benin, Togo and Niger through the use of aerial drones. Six former CGI U students were featured in this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and their impact is a testament to our belief that no one is ever too old or too young to make a difference.
We welcomed our second class of Presidential Leadership Scholars, a joint program begun in 2015 by the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. The scholars come from different backgrounds, but share a desire to learn from each other and work together. They also hear from a bipartisan group of experts and former administration officials. President George W. Bush and I meet with them, answer questions, and attend their graduation ceremonies in Texas and Arkansas. We hosted last year’s graduation at Little Rock Central High School, where we were joined by members of the Little Rock Nine and the Honorable Tony Blair. So far, 121 scholars have graduated from the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, and we look forward to welcoming a new class of Scholars this month. They are very impressive people.
No Ceilings continued its work to advance the full participation of girls and women. This year, with Vital Voices Global Partnership and WEConnect International, No Ceilings launched a new coalition of 30 partners from the public and private sectors that seeks to increase women’s economic participation, address violence against girls and women, and promote women’s leadership. The group announced 24 new Commitments to Action at the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. The projects will invest more than $70 million to help nearly 900,000 people across six continents, promoting gender equality which is key to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The Presidential Center
The Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, continues to be a living embodiment of the ideals and goals that have driven our work from the very beginning. In addition to providing a comprehensive view of my years as President, the Center offers interesting exhibits, American and international speakers representing a wide variety of views, internships, and resources for community service. Since it opened its doors in 2004, the CPC has welcomed more than four million visitors including 327,600 students and teachers who have visited the Clinton Presidential Center free of charge and generated $3.3 billion in economic impact in the downtown areas of Little Rock and North Little Rock.
Beginning in early 2016, the Foundation’s senior leadership, Chelsea, and I devoted much time and thought to how the Foundation should operate if Hillary were elected president. While the election didn’t turn out as we hoped, the process of reviewing each of our initiatives helped us prioritize our work going forward, based on where we are having the greatest impact today, what we have to do to preserve and expand that work, and how we can break new ground in creating jobs, raising incomes, and improving education and health through diverse networks of cooperation that focus on how to do good things faster, better, and at lower cost.
Last August, we announced that the 12th Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in September would be its last, knowing that if the election had turned out differently, it could not continue in its current form which required significant corporate and international sponsorship. It was a successful gathering, producing 97 new commitments that will touch three million lives. A number of them provide support and services to countries on the front lines of the refugee crisis, while others were formed to fight the spread of Zika or improve childcare options for working families. And that’s just a small sample.
In June 2016, we also held our 6th and final CGI America meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, which generated commitments to support economic growth, strengthen long-term competitiveness, and improve upward mobility in the United States. The meeting brought together over 700 attendees from 44 states who made 53 Commitments to Action that, when implemented, will impact more than 477,000 people. We also saw progress from past commitments including the Detroit Home Mortgage commitment, which aims to help up to 1,000 buyers purchase and rehabilitate homes in the city and holds the potential to be replicated in other distressed housing markets across the country. Additionally, the AFL-CIO commitment, which was made at the first CGI America meeting in 2011, aimed to raise and deploy $10 billion for U.S. infrastructure over a five-year time period. It has substantially surpassed its original goals. To date, over $14.5 billion has been allocated to U.S. infrastructure investments, and partners report that at least 100,000 jobs have been created as a direct result of these investments.
Since we formed CGI in 2005, our members and partners have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action that have improved the lives of more than 435 million people in more than 180 countries – and revolutionized the model for philanthropy in the process. We have kept a small group of people at CGI to help those who have made commitments keep them, and are looking now at how best to offer our members and other concerned citizens the chance to dramatically increase the impact of some of the best ideas CGI has produced – and others that may arise.
Nine years ago in my book, Giving, I wrote that I hoped to create a “global network of citizen activists who reach across the divides of our interdependent world to build real communities of shared opportunities, shared responsibility and a genuine sense of belonging.” Over the past 12 years, the CGI community has done just that, and all of us at the Clinton Foundation take pride in knowing that CGI’s spirit of creative partnership and focus on results will be carried forward by our members and partners. CGI had a profound, positive impact on the way philanthropy works. I will always be deeply grateful to the many members of CGI’s staff who worked hard to make this great experiment such a success and to all of our members and partners who were willing to come and not just talk about problems, but commit to fixing them.
Charting the Foundation’s path forward
Going forward, as we work to expand our impact on issues vital to communities in the United States and around the world, we seek both your input and your ideas about how best to do this. In 2017, we know now that we can and will:
- Continue our efforts to combat childhood obesity and improve health across the country. This includes continued support for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, our partnership with the American Heart Association, and increased efforts by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative that includes launching new community health work in San Diego and expanding our work to fight the opioid epidemic.
- Expand our work to improve early learning through Too Small to Fail, launching a new effort to engage dads and grandparents in early learning.
- Increase our focus on leadership development and public service through programs like the Presidential Leadership Scholars and CGI University (CGI U).
- Continue our successful economic development work in Rwanda and Malawi and our efforts to improve the lives of smallholder farmers through the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI). As part of a routine review of the efficiency of our programs, we found that we could maximize our impact in Tanzania by refocusing our programmatic efforts on those farmers closest to our commercial farm who will continue to receive support including fertilizer, pesticides, and training.
- Do more to support communities on the front lines of climate change through the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
- Keep empowering girls and women a priority across all of our programs.
- And maintain The Clinton Presidential Center and Library’s ability to provide educational and cultural opportunities to Arkansas and beyond, and manifest our belief in the value of service – whether by private citizens or public figures.
This year’s CGI U meeting will be held at Northeastern University in Boston this October. As it has in the past, CGI U 2017 will bring together college students and emerging social innovators from the United States and around the world to learn from one another and plan how they can take concrete and creative steps to address global challenges.
Finally, the lifesaving work of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) will continue in more than 70 countries across the globe.
No matter what the initiative, we have always said that our goal is to create sustainable solutions to get to the point where we’ve worked ourselves out of a job, so we can take on new challenges. This year, in two instances, we succeeded. Two of our most successful programs will now transition out of the Clinton Foundation, much as we previously transitioned our health access and childhood obesity programs into separate entities that today continue to thrive:
- The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) will spin off into an independent entity (as had been previously announced as part of a planned transition in the event Secretary Clinton had won the election) and continue its great work.
- The Clinton Foundation’s work in Haiti will continue under the umbrella of J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) with the support of the Digicel Foundation. The work of the CGI Haiti Action Network will also continue.
All in all, the Clinton Foundation in 2016 advanced its core commitment to help more people live their best life stories. We continued to maximize the impact of our donors’ and partners’ contributions through diverse, flexible partnerships that enable us both to initiate positive efforts and respond to emerging challenges.
Clearly we live in a world facing new manifestations of the old idea that our differences are more important than our common humanity. Therefore, those of us who believe in a future of shared opportunities, shared responsibilities, and inclusive communities, should redouble our efforts to build up the positive and reduce the negative forces of our interdependence.
Whether we succeed depends on you and like-minded citizens in every corner of the world. This report explains in greater detail why we are proud of all that we accomplished in 2016 and why we’re excited about what’s to come.
15 YEARS OF IMPACT
2016 in Brief
From the opening of a health clinic serving rural communities in Malawi to the expansion of our work combatting the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States, 2016 demonstrated what the Clinton Foundation and partners do best: working together across sectors to respond to new and ongoing challenges.
A Legacy of Impact
In September, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) hosted its 12th and final Annual Meeting in New York City. Over 12 years, members of the CGI community made more than 3,600 commitments that have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries. CGI’s legacy will live on through the Clinton Global Initiative University, which engages the next generation of young leaders in solving challenges in their communities and around the world.
“CGI elevated the status of public-private partnerships and helped spawn a new generation of similar efforts.”THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY
Saving Lives in the U.S.
Through collaboration with a broad network of partners, including Adapt Pharma, Ltd. and the American School Nurses Association, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative is working to expand access to naloxone, the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. Early in the year, Adapt announced that it will offer a free carton of NARCAN® (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray to all high schools in the United States through the state departments of education. Additionally, in 2016, Health Matters made 6,000 doses of NARCAN available to organizations serving populations affected by the epidemic.
“This new program expands on those initiatives, allowing schools access to the life-saving drug at no cost. … Naloxone is an important tool in our fight against rising opioid death rates.”REFINERY29
Presidents Clinton and Bush Graduate New Leadership Class
Sixty-one leaders from the private, nonprofit, public, and military sectors participated in the second year of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS), a one-of-a-kind, bipartisan leadership development program created as a partnership among the Clinton Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. Graduates of the first two classes of the program met last fall at the JFK Library in Boston, where PLS alumni shared updates about their projects to develop creative solutions to pressing issues including HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, and access to education, among many others.
“PLS challenged us to become better leaders in our organizations, but it also challenged us to tackle the tough issues facing our cities, our states and our country.”BJ Goergen, 2016 Scholar, Huffington Post
Expanding Rural Health Care in Malawi
In April, the first of three Anchor Farm Health Centers opened for service at the Clinton Development Initiative’s Anchor Farm at Santhe in Malawi. The clinic has provided primary health care services and disease prevention and saw tens of thousands of patients between April and December of 2016. The remaining two clinics are in the final stages of construction and are expected to open in the spring.
“The coming of this health facility, we saw it as a blessing.”Kondwani Mutowa, Assistant Environmental Health Officer, Malawi
Playgrounds Boost Early Language Development
Too Small to Fail developed 20 “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” playgrounds across the country in partnership with Landscape Structures, one of the largest playground manufacturers, and Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit organization that creates inclusive playgrounds and programs. The playgrounds integrate engaging parent-child conversation prompts on panels and signage to encourage language-rich interactions during play time.
“The goal is to meet children and their caregivers where they already are, in places like parks and grocery stores and laundromats, and to show them how they can work talking and singing and reading into activities they already do.”THE ATLANTIC
Gabby Douglas, Mo’ne Davis, and 52 organizations across the country joined the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, No Ceilings, and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in launching #GirlsAre during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May. The multi-platform campaign shined a spotlight on the gap between girls’ and boys’ participation in physical activity and sports, and helped empower girls to celebrate their athleticism.
“Each of us has a role to play in breaking down misperceptions and ensuring that every child feels confident, strong, and inspired to live up to their full potential.”Chelsea Clinton, WOMEN'S HEALTH
New Social Enterprises
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) launched two new pilots aimed at advancing the lives of farmers by improving the overall supply chains for their products. In Indonesia, in partnership with Unilever, CGEP’s pilot is working with coconut sugar farmers, climbers, and cooks. The team launched a communal kitchen in Rote Island to aggregate and cook sap – improving coconut and palm sugar production while also providing safer working conditions and employment opportunities for women. In Cote d’Ivoire, CGEP formed a venture with RMG, a leading distributor of crop inputs in West Africa, and is working with soybean and maize farmers. Both pilots proved successful and will continue to progress in 2017.
“There are massive opportunities for social impact in gaps in the local economy. We fill these gaps by launching our own enterprises that bring thousands of small farmers and entrepreneurs into high-value markets.”Mark Gunton, CEO, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, GOOD MAGAZINE
Diversifiying the Energy Sector
In February, Chelsea Clinton and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) launched the Women in Renewable Energy Network (WIRE) to promote women’s leadership in the energy sector. Ten ambassadors and ten mentees were selected to participate in WIRE’s one-on-one mentoring program, while an online network will reach hundreds more women.
“The launch of the new Clinton initiative for island women leaders in energy is another indicator of a changing world of philanthropy – one where there is growing attention to gender in regard to the top issues of our time.”INSIDE PHILANTHROPY
Investing in Girls and Women
At the CGI Annual Meeting in September, Chelsea Clinton announced “Girls, Women, and the Global Goals,” a coalition of 30 multi-sectoral partners led by No Ceilings, Vital Voices, and WEConnect International. The coalition includes 24 individual CGI Commitments to Action to advance women’s economic participation, address violence against girls and women, and promote women’s leadership under the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Coalition partners collectively pledged over $70 million through these commitments; the work will directly impact nearly 900,000 individuals in over 60 countries across six continents, including here in the United States.
“[The Clinton Foundation is] taking aim at the gaps in women’s economic progress.”FORTUNE
Responding to Hurricane Matthew
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, the CGI Haiti Action Network worked to coordinate emergency response efforts, including restoring infrastructure, preventing localized outbreaks of cholera, and providing emergency shelter, food, and water. Several new partnerships formed as a result of the Network’s efforts, including one between the Batey Relief Alliance and the Smallholder Farmers Alliance, which joined forces to distribute 300,000 P&G water purification packets and health education materials to 2,500 families.
“While the [CGI Haiti Action Network] was launched in response to four hurricanes, its efforts intensified following the devastating 2010 earthquake and continued even as Haiti was no longer in the headlines.”DEVEX
Around the U.S.
We work across the United States to improve health and wellness in our schools and communities, give parents the tools to stimulate brain development in early childhood, provide opportunities for leadership development and public service, and continue President Clinton’s legacy through the Clinton Presidential Center and Library in Little Rock.
In 2016, our domestic initiatives reached new communities, developed new creative partnerships, and improved lives across the country.
A Summit for Healthier Communities
More than 450 leaders from various health fields attended the fifth annual Clinton Health Matters Summit in January in Indian Wells, California. Notable outcomes included the launch of community health work in Knox County, Illinois; an agreement with Adapt Pharma to offer NARCAN nasal spray, an intranasal form of the opioid reversal agent naloxone, at a discounted price to community organizations, colleges, and public safety agencies; and a new partnership with Harvard Medical School to support employee health improvement. Read more in FORTUNE.
Happy Meals Get Healthier
McDonald’s announced in January that it had served nearly two billion servings of fruit and low-fat yogurt with Happy Meals since 2012, a direct result of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s work with McDonald’s to increase access to fruit, vegetables, and low-fat dairy options. McDonald’s and the Alliance announced their Commitment to Action at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Read more in USA TODAY.
Students Tackle Pressing Challenges
Hosted by UC-Berkeley in April, the ninth annual CGI University meeting brought together more than 1,200 college and university students who made more than 900 Commitments to Action to address urgent national and global issues. The students were joined by President Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Conan O’Brien, and Marshawn Lynch. Over $1 million in funding opportunities were made available to select CGI U 2016 students through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities to help them turn their ideas into action. Learn more in the BERKELEY NEWS.
“Schools have an opportunity to convert the unparalleled optimism of the millennial generation into tangible social impact early on.”Donna Shalala, Clinton Foundation President, MASHABLE
Knox County Prepares for a Healthier Future
In June, CHMI held its first community convening in Knox County, Illinois to develop a Blueprint for Action – a framework that aims to address health disparities and improve the health and well-being of the community. Knox County is the initiative’s sixth Community Health Transformation program site along with Natchez, Mississippi; Central Arkansas; the Coachella Valley; Greater Houston; and Northeast Florida. Read more in the Galesburg REGISTER-MAIL.
'Greening' Student Design
During the Clinton Presidential Center’s fifth annual Curbside Couture, the largest “green” fashion show in Arkansas, students in third through twelfth grade applied their creativity and technical skills to create wearable designs made of recycled material, which they presented to an audience of over 400 guests. Curbside participants have demonstrated increased confidence in themselves and passion for their artistic pursuits. See the student designs on Facebook.
50 New Commitments to Drive Growth in America
At the CGI America meeting in Atlanta in June, more than 50 new Commitments to Action were announced to improve the lives of more than 477,000 people in the United States. The meeting closed with a one-on-one conversation between President Clinton and President Carter on how CGI America attendees can strengthen the American economy. Learn more from President Clinton in QUARTZ.
New Offerings at the Clinton Presidential Center
Two temporary exhibits, American Champions: The Quest for Olympic Glory, which opened in March, and Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles, which opened in October, offered visitors, including students and educators, a unique look at two cultural sensations still popular today. Olympic Champions Dan O’Brien, Bonnie Blair, Dan Jansen, and Jeff Henderson participated in engaging public programs at the CPC during American Champions to share their inspiring stories.
The CPC also launched its first mobile app which includes permanent and temporary exhibit tours, exclusive photos and videos, a museum audio guide narrated by President Clinton, and much more. The app creates a supplementary educational opportunity for teachers to use in their classrooms prior to a visit to the CPC with their students.
Military Spouses Receive Career Support
Two groups of military spouses completed free Salesforce training through SpouseForce, a joint program of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and BlueStar Families that aims to address the health and economic disparities in military families. The eight-week Salesforce training program equips military spouses with skills for a portable career and provides each participant with a mentor. Read more in the MILITARY TIMES.
Leveraging Entertainment Media for Early Child Development
At a convening in Hollywood in March, Too Small to Fail brought together more than 200 entertainment leaders to showcase the power of the media to engage and educate parents on early brain and language development. As a result of Too Small’s work with Hollywood since 2013, nine television shows have incorporated early learning messaging into their storylines, reaching more than 40 million viewers. Learn more in EDUCATION WEEK.
Celebrating America’s Healthiest Schools
In September, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s “America’s Healthiest Schools” campaign recognized 328 National Healthy Schools Award winners for their extraordinary work building healthy learning environments for students and staff. Meet America's Healthiest Schools.
“This program will open a door to homeownership that has been closed to many Detroiters for a very long time.” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Clinton Foundation blog
A New Partnership to Help Home Buyers in Detroit
At the request of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, the Clinton Global Initiative assembled a network of regional banks, foundations, and government partners to jumpstart the local housing market. The resulting Detroit Home Mortgage Initiative is a secondary loan product that will make funding available to qualified home borrowers to cover both purchasing and renovation costs, helping more families buy homes in Detroit. Read more in CITYLAB.
Increasing Children's Access to Books
Together with their partners, Too Small to Fail distributed more than 835,000 new books to promote reading with young children in 2016. For example, Too Small to Fail partnered with the National Diaper Bank Network and Penguin Young Readers to distribute 100,000 children’s books about diaper time to underserved families in diaper banks nationwide. Another partnership will get 100,000 copies of bilingual children’s books about healthy foods during meal times into the hands of families across the country. Read more in BLACK ENTERPRISE.
Progress in the Coachella Valley
In November, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative in the Coachella Valley (CV) hosted a community forum entitled “Improving and Sustaining Health in the Coachella Valley.” The event, attended by 84 organizations, showcased the work of the community and CHMI to address the Bold Action Steps found within the CV Blueprint – which is nearing its four-year milestone. Specific achievements include the Desert AIDS Project, which has tested over 6,000 people for HIV over three years at 122 community sites. Read more about Coachella's progress on Medium.
A Day of Action for Atlanta
This past June, following the CGI America meeting in Atlanta, we partnered with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to bring together volunteers for a Day of Action that promoted access to healthy foods and environments throughout the city. We planted trees, sorted fresh fruits and vegetables, and gardened in communal lots. This is one example of the more than 30 Days of Action, or service opportunities, that the Clinton Foundation has held in the U.S. and abroad. Since it was first founded by Chelsea Clinton in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program has mobilized more than 6,500 volunteers donating more than 27,000 volunteer hours.
Watch the coverage on NBC ATLANTA.
“At three years old, [Too Small to Fail] is young – but it has developed an extensive strategy to envelop families in the message that talking, reading, and singing to their young children, from birth, is essential.”EDUCATION WEEK
Around the World
We work around the world to connect people to new economic opportunities, strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods, and support island nations on the front lines of climate change.
In 2016, our international programs expanded their reach and impact, measurably improving lives in East Africa, Latin America, and Haiti.
New Economic Opportunities for Women in Haiti
The Clinton Foundation’s Haiti initiative and No Ceilings launched the Women’s Economic Participation Consortium in Haiti to provide 11 women-owned businesses and agricultural cooperatives with capacity-building and financial empowerment support from Digicel, West Elm, and other partners. Additionally, more than 1,200 Haitian women working in farming cooperatives and other organizations received adult and business literacy training thanks to a partnership between the Clinton Foundation and the Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze. VIDEO: Meet some of Haiti's women entrepreneurs.
Continued Growth for Women Entrepreneurs in Peru
By the end of 2016, nearly 800 women entrepreneurs in Peru were actively selling products in their communities thanks to their participation in CGEP’s Chakipi Acceso Enterprise. CGEP partners with organizations including Kimberly Clark and other suppliers to equip the women with consumer goods, food, and innovative products like solar lamps or clean cooking stoves. The women then sell these products into their communities, increasing their incomes while also helping their neighbors access essential goods. Learn more about the program.
Agriculture Programs Expand in East Africa
The Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) expanded its work to empower smallholder farmers in East Africa, signing a lease for its first commercial farm site in Nyagatare, Rwanda’s Eastern Province. CDI also extended its smallholder farmer outreach program to two new districts in Malawi, Dedza and Lilongwe, registering 40,000 new farmers. In Tanzania, CDI implemented improved agronomic technology and other farming techniques at farming demonstration sites in three districts that will improve yields and livelihoods for more than 6,000 farmers. Read in-depth coverage in POLITIFACT.
“The Haitian smallholder farmers—most of whom are women—who grow the moringa are entrepreneurs in every sense of the word, and our collaboration offers them the opportunity to access new markets for their crops.”Lisa Curtis, Founder & CEO of Kuli Kuli, MOGUL
Using Data to Fight Climate Change
The Clinton Climate Initiative’s (CCI) System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) program provides credible, reliable, and accessible data to help the Government of Kenya make informed decisions in the land sector and to help address climate change. At the conclusion of this program, the government will be fully empowered to continue to operate the system on its own. As part of SLEEK, CCI helped the Kenya Meteorological Service to produce over 50,000 wall-to-wall maps of Kenya’s rainfall, temperature, evaporation, and radiation. VIDEO: Meet people fighting climate change in Kenya.
From Haiti’s Farms to Whole Foods Markets
All 446 Whole Foods stores in the United States are now selling Moringa Green Energy Shots made exclusively from moringa grown in Haiti. Haitian smallholder farmers received funding and support from the Clinton Foundation and the Smallholder Farmers’ Alliance to begin growing and exporting moringa to the U.S.-based Kuli Kuli Company, which developed the energy shots in collaboration with Whole Foods. Learn more from Kuli Kuli's founder in MOGUL.
Connecting Fishermen to New Markets in El Salvador
The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership’s (CGEP) Acceso enterprise has helped fruit and vegetable farmers in El Salvador improve their crops and sell their products to the country’s largest grocery store, Super Selectos, as well as important restaurant chains. In 2016, CGEP expanded from working with fruits and vegetable farmers to working with local fishermen associations. When Acceso’s first fish and seafood display was exhibited in local supermarkets, all quantities sold out. VIDEO: Meet Edgar, a farmer in El Salvador.
Renewable Energy Projects Deploy Across Small Island Nations
The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) and the Rocky Mountain Institute-Carbon War Room (RMI-CWR) are developing and advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across small island nations. CCI has completed a solar project in the Seychelles and a wind farm in Jamaica. CCI is also assisting with the development and creation of two geothermal projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia; three solar constructions in St. Lucia, Colombia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines; and a wind farm project in Colombia.
Farmers in Malawi Expand Sales to Europe
The Clinton Development Initiative’s groundnut growing and processing venture, Moyo Nuts & Seeds, bought 152 metric tons of groundnuts directly from farmers in 2016. In September, Moyo received its first European order, increasing revenue for participating smallholders and expanding their market reach. Learn more about our agribusinesses in Malawi.
Artisan Fund Supports Small Businesses in Haiti
The Clinton Foundation’s Haiti initiative launched the Working Capital Artisan Fund to provide small- and medium-sized artisan businesses in Haiti with the necessary working capital that will help them fill larger orders from international buyers and retailers. The fund’s first loan was to Caribbean Craft, which received its largest purchase order ever from West Elm; the capital enabled Caribbean Craft to purchase materials and supplies and to hire additional employees to fulfill the order. Caribbean Craft has since fully repaid the loan, and the Artisan Fund has extended several additional short-term loans to Haitian businesses. VIDEO: Meet the artisans making a difference in Haiti.
Planting Trees, Improving Livelihoods
In Malawi, 875 farmers with CDI’s Trees of Hope program received more than $100,000 in Payments for Ecosystem Services. These payment agreements are contracts CDI farmers sign to receive payments for planting trees, which sequester carbon and are sold on the international carbon market in the form of certificates. Of the 875 farmers, 376 were paid for the first time, and opened bank accounts with First Malawi Bank. Learn more about carbon certificates and why they matter.