Max Oliva, Associate Director of IE’s Social Impact Management
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Ney York, May 10th, 2006. Organized by ICC in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), the awards recognize the best practices of the business sector striving to reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty by half around the world by 2015. 10 Projects outstand by tackling critical needs within their local communities while providing a solution. Some Examples are:
CEMEX’s Patrimonio Hoy, initiative which aims to reduce the Mexican housing deficit which leaves more than 20 million people with inadequate shelter. Patrimonio Hoy organizes low-income families into self-financing cells that facilitate and expedite the typical home-building process. CEMEX and its network provide the products needed but also the technical assistance, including an architect who helps design homes to optimize space and reduce waste.
The African Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Partnerships
was formed in July 2000 to advance HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and support in Botswana. To bolster the Government of Botswana’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Merck Company Foundation have each dedicated $50 million to ACHAP. Their approach includes supporting the development of laboratory capacity to test and monitor patients’ response to treatment; the development of information technology systems to track patient adherence; the development and implementation of the ARV program; and training for healthcare professionals.
The Aavishkaar India microventure capital fund is a venture fund founded to promote development in rural and semi-urban India. Aavishkaar believes entrepreneurs can be a powerful force for development. To this end, the firm provides micro-equity funding (Rs. 10 lacs to Rs. 50 lacs, approximately USD $20 thousand to USD $100 thousand) and operational and strategic support to commercially viable companies increasing income in or providing goods and services to rural or semi-urban India.
Other Initiatives include:
Tetra Pak Food for Development Office
EcoLogic Finance
Alliance for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis
Siwa Sustainable Development Initiative
Sustainable Banking
Health Care Logistics for Northern Mozambique
SOLO Primary School Personal Hygiene Education Program


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