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As fierce winter storms have impacted communities in almost every corner of the United States, Texas is continuing to address a historic deep freeze that has left millions without power and water for days. The storm has disrupted power generation and froze natural gas pipelines, and this historic freeze has increased electrical demand and disrupted the state’s food and water supply.

As countries around the world have examined their own emergency relief plans in response to COVID-19, in areas of the southern United States, the deep freeze has created a compounding crisis amid the pandemic.

While damage from the deep…


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The new CGI Action Network on Inclusive Economic Recovery was announced by President Clinton at a recent virtual convening focused on addressing racial inequality in accessing capital

On October 20, President Bill Clinton launched “Building an Inclusive Recovery,” a Clinton Foundation series to address racial, ethnic, tribal, economic, and health disparities in the wake of COVID-19. The virtual series included announcements of new commitments from a variety of philanthropic and private sector organizations designed to support small businesses, invest in digital technology, spur economic development, and improve financial systems in underserved communities.

Following the success of the series, President Clinton…


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Dr. Ed Mabaya and Ariana Constant share how working directly with smallholder farming communities builds up resilient and regional food systems when disaster hits

A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts our daily lives, our work, and the industries we depend on — especially food production. In a time when the global community is grappling with the threat of a recession, increasing natural disasters, and ongoing public health challenges, it is critical that all industries work to identify and embrace ways to be more resilient. In Africa, a key component to increasing resilience is increasing intra-regional trade.

Agricultural commodities account for most global imports. Africa’s food import bill currently stands at around $75 billion and is expected to reach $110 billion by 2025. Capitalizing…


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President Bill Clinton at the signing of the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act, the legislation that created the New Markets Tax Credit program, December 15, 2000. Photo Credit: New Market Tax Credit Coalition

“I ask Congress to give businesses the same incentives to invest in America’s new markets that they now have to invest in foreign markets.” — President Bill Clinton

Betsy Biemann, CEO of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), and Traci Vaine, CEO of CEI’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CEI Capital Management, share their thoughts on the impact of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) through the years. The program was part of a series of community development initiatives established by the Clinton administration, and approved by Congress, that accounted for billions in private investment to benefit low-income communities.

Editor’s note: The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) was established in 2000 and signed into law by President Clinton. NMTC promotes the flow of capital to businesses in low-income and rural communities by providing a tax incentive to investors such as Community Development Finance Institutions. This month, we spoke to Betsy Biemann and Traci Vaine about the impact of NMTC, and how it has helped to support financial inclusion for these communities, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tell us why CEI chose the New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Program as one of your investment vehicles, and how do…


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From expanding support for artists to addressing mental health needs, see how the Clinton Foundation community is supporting the immediate response and recovery of those affected by COVID-19

By Tyler Scott, Communications Associate, Clinton Foundation

Since its first convening, the CGI Action Network has fostered a cooperative spirit amongst network partners and their communities. Whether it’s continuing partnerships that are addressing the ongoing recovery needs across the Caribbean, or identifying creative solutions to tackle the complex challenges that have risen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CGI members have collaborated to strengthen response, recovery, and resilience efforts throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

Keep reading to learn about some of the commitment makers who found ways to support their communities amidst the pandemic.

Expanding support for Puerto Rico’s artists…


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LaundryCares Literacy Summit participants were inspired to take action and promote early learning in their communities.

No action, person, business, or organization is ever too small to make a difference in a child’s life. That’s why the Foundation’s Too Small to Fail team works with partners from across the country to reach families with new opportunities and moments to talk, read, sing, and meaningfully engage with their children no matter where they are — including small businesses like laundromats.

Through a unique partnership that first began in 2015, Too Small to Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation have come together to…


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In 1993, breast cancer advocates delivered 2.6 million signatures to President Bill Clinton at the White House, calling for a National Action Plan on Breast Cancer. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Susan Love, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research; Fran Visco, President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition; Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services; and President Bill Clinton.

Fran Visco, President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, reflects on the 20th anniversary of this landmark legislation for women’s health care

Editors note: On October 24, 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act. To mark its 20th anniversary, and in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Fran Visco, President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition about her reflections on this important achievement for women’s health care.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your connection to the Clinton administration.

In 1991, a group of women launched the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), bringing together diverse grassroots groups from around the country that were focused on systemic change and activism…


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For Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re sharing stories of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean whose work inspires us.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a national celebration of the contributions and influence of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

As part of the celebration, we invited members of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network to share what their Hispanic heritage means to them, and how it shapes the work they do in disaster recovery, health, agriculture, economic development, and more. Keep reading to learn more about these leaders.

“The result is that we are creating leaders within the community.”

By Patricia Velasquez, Hollywood Actor, Organization of American States (OAS) Goodwill Ambassador…


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President Bill Clinton; Chelsea Clinton; Dr. Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve; Ralph Smith, managing director for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading; and Abbey Wemimo and Samir Goel, CGI University alums and co-founders of Esusu came together to discuss the issues that shape our work and our world.

This week, we brought together some of our closest supporters and friends to discuss the impact of the Clinton Foundation — and the issues that are shaping our work and our world. Keep scrolling to watch reflections from our conversations with Dr. Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve, Ralph Smith, managing director for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Abbey Wemimo and Samir Goel, CGI University alums and co-founders of Esusu.

President Clinton kicked off the conversation, reflecting on the compounding challenges that we face — from the COVID-19 crisis to climate change.

“This year has been unlike any other. COVID-19 has claimed more than 200,000 lives in the United States alone, worsened existing challenges around food security, child…


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Monica Maduekwe (center) visits the site of an ECOWAS women’s economic empowerment initiative in Senegal. Photo courtesy of Monica Maduekwe.

Monica Maduekwe is a member of the Clinton Foundation’s Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network. Founded in 2016 by Chelsea Clinton, the WIRE Network is a professional development group for women working in energy in island nations across the Caribbean and Africa.

I grew up near an industrial area in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and witnessed the realities of living near sites where the discharge of industrial effluents goes largely unchecked. I developed asthma-like symptoms from breathing in heavily polluted air. It wasn’t until I lived in a new city that I experienced relief.

For me, the fight…

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