Today, five organizations joined forces to provide relief to more than 2 million people suffering from drought, disease and hunger in the Horn of Africa.
Save the Children, ONE, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, International Medical Corps, and Proctor and Gamble made a commitment at the 7th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) “to mothers children and parents to be able to provide them with lifesaving support, water, food and other support services to really address the suffering of children and families” Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, told ABC News.
Earlier in the week at CGI, President Bill Clinton shared some surprising statistics on Americans’ views on aid.
“Americans believe we should give more–but vastly overestimate the aid they give to the world. President Clinton said at the meeting. ”If you ask Americans how much you should invest abroad, they always say 3-5% of the budget, and they say how much do we invest. They think 15-20%. The fact is, we invest 1%. They proved remarkably impervious to getting the right information.”
Countries in the region, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Djibouti are facing the worst drought in 16 years. The group of NGOs committed to deploy immediate relief, increasing their current reach of 800,000 people to over 2 million. They will be providing nutritious food aid, clean water, and medical supplies, as well as long-term solutions to strengthen resilience to future droughts.
ABC News’ David Muir recently traveled to Somalia for the second time to report on the drought and a growing measles epidemic. As a direct result of the broadcasts, viewers donated enough money for the equivalent of over 170,000 doses of measles vaccine.
The commitment marks only one of many made during the three day meeting.
CGI functions as an incubator for improvements in development. Each year, fresh ideas are generated in sessions and working lunches. Solutions are designed and commitments are made on ways to fund and implement them.
CGI estimates that to date, its members have contributed to improving the lives of over 300 million people in 180 countries with more than 2,000 commitments valued at $63 billion.
This is the seventh annual CGI. Established in 2005, the annual meeting brings together heads of state, business executives, thought leaders and philanthropists surrounding global challenges including empowering women and girls, sustainability and economic growth and jobs creation.