Clinton Global Initiative – Making Change Happen

By Akhtar Badshah, Senior Director, Global Community Affairs at Microsoft. Last week at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York city was at once a most exhilarating and tiring week. President Clinton continues to bring his star power, his deep concern around global development, and his expertise to energize all of us to…


Helping rebuild Haiti by bringing broadband to schools

At Microsoft, we just recently kicked off our companywide Giving Campaign in the United States, which is a great opportunity for employees to donate their time and money to help support a wide range of charities that they personally believe in and are passionate about. One of the charities that I’ve pledged to support is…


CGI: Accelerating 21st Century Education in Kenya

Last year at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, the Government of Kenya and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a collaborative project focused on improving education in up to 60 primary and secondary schools in Kenya. This was an incredible announcement for a number of reasons, including the fact that…


CGI: Teachers are the key to providing children with quality education

In 2008, we announced a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to train 10 million teachers by 2015. We undertook this goal, because we believe that every child has the right to a quality education. Throughout the course of a child’s education, there is perhaps no more important influence than the teachers that guide,…


CGI: Guest Post - Helping Girls in Kenya to Give Back

Linda Lockhart, Managing Director, Global Give Back Circle Imagine you are a disadvantaged girl in Kenya, categorized as coming from the bottom of the economic pyramid. Imagine you grew up sleeping in a hut made from mud and dung, and next to you, in another hut your grandparents kept a cow, some chickens and maybe…


CGI: Supporting skills, content and context in local communities

A major focus of our global programs is about providing individuals around the world with access to information and communications technology (ICT) – what some still call digital inclusion or “closing the digital divide.” We aren’t a hardware infrastructure provider, so achieving the goal of increasing access requires deep partnerships. It goes beyond the nuts…

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CGI: Guest Post: Accelerating Social Change at This Year’s Clinton Global Initiative

Beverly Schwartz, Vice-President of Global Marketing at Ashoka. Each year at this time, world leaders from every sector—private, nongovernmental, academic, and everywhere in between—convene in New York City at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. Former President Bill Clinton’s initial concept for the meeting is actually quite simple: bring together a diverse group of…


CGI Week: Turning ideas into actions that address social and economic issues

Founded in 2005 by President Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative was created to turn ideas into action creating a more integrated global community with shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. It brings together people from around the world, and channels the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize social and economic change. It focuses on practical…

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