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Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Ubuntu Education Fund Hosts New York Gala to Celebrate 15th Anniversary

The Event will feature performances by Hugh Masekela and Soulive’s Eric Krasno


Expected Guests include: Donna Karan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Masekela, Seamus Mullen, Paulette Cole, “Captain” Kirk Douglass, Frank and Janice Lipman, Winston Marshal (Mumford and Sons), Colin Cowie, Bobbi Brown, Trevor Hall, Karyn Parsons and Mark Seliger.


Ubuntu Education Fund, a premier nonprofit organization transforming lives in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will celebrate its 15 year history and the thousands of lives impacted, at its annual Gala at Gotham Hall on Thursday, June 5th, 2014. The event will celebrate Ubuntu’s impact and offer special recognition to organizational champions Frank and Janice Lipman for their support and dedication. The gala will feature performances by Grammy award winning South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, and songstress Alecia Chakour.

Ubuntu Education Fund is a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to providing vulnerable children in the Townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, what all children deserve—everything. By integrating into the community and taking a comprehensive holistic approach, Ubuntu ensures that children in Port Elizabeth receive support from cradle to career. Currently providing more than 2,000 children and each of their family members, with world-class health care, long-term education support, and household counselling, Ubuntu ensures that each child can grow into a healthy and successful adult. For 15 years, Ubuntu has worked to create an environment where people in Port Elizabeth have all the resources needed to achieve their personal and professional goals, breaking the cycle of poverty for generations to come. Ubuntu Education Fund is a registered nonprofit organization in SA, US, and UK. For more information, please visit


Gotham Hall | 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018 | New York


Thursday, June 5th, 2014| 6:30pm


Desta Abraham| | 202-280-2398

United Way Worldwide CEO to Chair Panel at Freedom & Solidarity Forum Ahead of D-Day Ceremony in Normandy

CAEN, FRANCE – United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian A. Gallagher will chair the Freedom and Shared Growth Panel on June 5, 2014 at the Freedom & Solidarity Forum. The forum commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Overlord operation on the beaches of Normandy. Leaders and prominent figures representing the countries that fought in Normandy to restore democratic values on the European continent will come together to commemorate this historic event. This high-level conference aims to bring together American and European political leaders, as well as international business leaders, heads of international organizations, thought leaders and young talents. Brian Gallagher will also be joined by United Way France President and CEO Nikita Droin at the forum and the following day at the D-Day ceremony on Normandy Beach.

A significant percentage of the population does not have access to basic freedoms and remains imprisoned by economic poverty, social deprivation and political tyranny. Access to healthcare, water, a clean environment, education, credit and labor markets are fundamental aspects of freedom. Gallagher’s panel will discuss the relevance of poverty eradication programs and development policies designed by international organizations which are primarily under Western influence.


Brian A. Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide

Jean-Luc Allavena, Chairman of the French American Foundation-France

Marilyn Carlson, co-CEO, Carlson Holdings

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Trade

Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO, Total

Georges Plassat, Chairman and CEO, Carrefour

Philippe Wahl, Chairman and CEO, la Poste SA


Freedom and Shared Growth Panel


June 5, 2014; 9:10 am-10:30 am CEST


Credit Agricole Normandy Headquarters, Caen, France


Dell 2014 Gender-GEDI Research Shows More Support Needed to Enable Female Entrepreneurship Development Worldwide

  • The United States, Australia and newcomer Sweden named best places for female entrepreneurship
  • Policymakers need to do more; more than 75 percent of countries surveyed are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper
  • Gender-GEDI is the world’s only diagnostic tool to comprehensively measure high-potential female entrepreneurship
  • 2014 research expands index from 17 countries to 30 and adds new indicators

ROUND ROCK, Texas – June 2, 2014 – Dell today announced the results of the second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), revealing that more than 75 percent of countries surveyed are not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper.

Commissioned by Dell, the Gender-GEDI is the world’s only diagnostic tool that comprehensively measures high potential female entrepreneurship by analyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems, business environments and individual aspirations across 30 developed and developing economies spanning multiple regions, providing a systematic approach that allows cross-country comparison, benchmarking, and identifies data gaps. The goal of the research is not to provide a headcount of female entrepreneurs worldwide, rather it is future-oriented and designed to be a tool to guide leaders, policymakers and law-makers in identifying country-wide strengths and weaknesses and developing strategies to create more favorable conditions in their countries to enable businesses founded by women to thrive.

“At Dell, we are committed to empowering people everywhere with technology solutions to fulfill their ambitions and reach their full potential,” said Karen Quintos, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Dell. “The Gender-GEDI Index provides key insights designed to help countries advance female entrepreneurship and ultimately bolster the global economy. We believe awareness of the current landscape for women entrepreneurship is the first step toward change.”

To inform and refine the research parameters of the Gender-GEDI, an expert panel was convened, comprised of leading change agents from the U.S. Department of State and global organizations such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), Vital Voices, and WEConnect International, many of whom have already began using the research as a tool to inform policy and institute reform (examples available).

2014 Gender-GEDI Results

Among the 17 countries included in both the 2013 and 2014 Gender-GEDI reports, four increased their rankings (Japan, Brazil, India, and United Kingdom), four showed a decline (Malaysia, Egypt, Mexico and Morocco), and the others ranked comparatively both years.

The highest performing countries in the 2014 Gender-GEDI rankings are all OECD member countries with highly developed economies, and for the second year in a row, the U.S. (83) and Australia (80) came out on top, followed by Sweden (73), France and Germany (tied at 67), Chile (55), the United Kingdom (54) and Poland (51). The remaining 23 of the 30 countries studied received an overall index score of less than 50 out of 100, indicating that many of the fundamental conditions for high potential female entrepreneurship development are generally lacking in the majority of countries.

“To harness the full potential of the low performing countries, the Gender-GEDI results demonstrate that basic improvements are required in terms of access to equal legal rights and education as well as acceptance of women’s social and economic empowerment,” said Ruta Aidis, project director for the Gender-GEDI. “For countries with moderate scores, to improve their rankings, they should focus both on current women’s enterprise development interventions and support as well as basic improvements in the business-enabling environment.”

The 2014 Gender-GEDI demonstrates that top-performing countries are not necessarily the ones with the highest GDP levels; rather they are those who have committed to improving the conditions for female entrepreneurship on several fronts simultaneously, and even those with the highest scores still have room for improvement. While these countries tend to have good business-enabling environments overall, they could benefit from supporting programs designed to activate and accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs.

To provide tangible examples on how women entrepreneurs can overcome challenges and maximize the opportunities flagged in the study, Dell commissioned an e-book, Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One, featuring case studies of 10 women entrepreneurs, which is available for download starting today on

Index Highlights

The Gender-GEDI is focused on the ways in which governments, institutions and corporations can support the effort of improving conditions for high-potential female entrepreneurship worldwide, and the 2014 results indicate that, across all nations, there is still much to be done, but by increasing access to education, technology, capital and networks, significant progress can be made.

  • Access to capital continues to be crucial. Access to a formal bank account is critical for entrepreneurs, especially since it is a necessary precursor to the financing (bank loans, credit lines, etc.) that fuels business growth. However, in 14 of the 30 countries, 50 percent or more of the female population is unbanked, with the gender disparities being highest in Turkey, where there is close to a 50 percent difference between men and women with bank accounts. Worldwide, women also receive less outside funding for their businesses than men.
  • Many industries remain male-dominated. Occupation crowding, or the existence of ‘male’ and ‘female’ jobs in a country’s economy, not only contributes to the gender wage gap but also results in the concentration of women’s entrepreneurial activity within specific sectors, which can be detrimental to fully utilizing a nation’s capacity for innovation. Out of the 30 countries, only eight received an overall balanced ratio across employment sectors, and in India and Pakistan, formal employment is so highly sex segregated that no employment sectors are balanced. Some countries and industries are beginning to address these occupational inequalities through voluntary quotas and targeted initiatives in the sectors that tend to marginalize women as a result of their ‘macho lab coat, hard hat and geek’ workplace cultures.
  • Female start-up activity is on the rise in emerging markets. Despite being ranked as top performers and characterized by overall favorable business environments, opportunity perception is fairly low in the United States and Europe with less than one third of the female population measured identifying business opportunities. In Africa, this number reaches 69 percent. Even with challenges around access to education and capital, female startup activity in the region is high at 86 female to every 100 male startups. Ghana has more female startups than male at a rate of 121 to 100. The Latin American and Caribbean countries included in the Index also exhibit high rates, with a regional average of 84 female to every 100 male startups.
  • More women are needed at the top. Even when the business environment is right, social norms can affect general societal support for women as entrepreneurs and their access to experiences as decision makers and leaders. Local attitudes towards women in executive positions can also effect whether women choose to take on these higher roles and responsibilities. Only five countries have 40 percent or more female managers (Jamaica, Ghana, Panama, United States and Nigeria), and in four countries the percentage of women is 10 percent or less: South Korea (10 percent), Turkey (10 percent), Japan (9 percent) and Pakistan (3 percent). While education forms the foundation for high potential entrepreneurship, management experience provides women with additional skills, experience and networks that facilitate female entrepreneurship success.
  • Women’s rights must be addressed first. In 22 of the 30 countries included in the Index, married women have fewer rights than married men, in 21 countries women lack the same access to employment as men, and in eight countries women do not enjoy the same legal access to property as men. A number of countries also limit women’s access to public spaces through legal restrictions and discriminatory practices. In order to foster female entrepreneurship, these countries must first address these fundamental weaknesses and take steps towards ensuring women equal rights.

About Dell Gender-GEDI Index

The 2014 Gender GEDI Index is sponsored by Dell and includes 30 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom and the United States.

The Index focuses on high potential female entrepreneurs who are defined as ‘innovative, market-expanding and export-oriented.’ The Index combines variables that measure agency and institutions in a composite index in order to capture the multi-dimensional aspects of female entrepreneurship development. Data comes from existing internationally recognized sources such as the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), World Economic Forum (WEF), World Bank, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Labour Organization (ILO), etc. The GEDI Institute is a non-profit research and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that assists governments, donor agencies, foundations, international assistance providers, and global companies expand economic opportunities for individuals, build future markets for societies, and propel economic development for nations. It uses an innovative methodology to advance entrepreneurship, thereby accelerating economic growth.


The Gender GEDI Index’s unique methodology brings together variables that measure individuals and institutions in a composite index that highlights issues relevant for high potential female entrepreneurship development and growth. Thirty individual-level and institutional-level dimensions are paired together into fifteen pillars that are further divided into three main sub-indices: Entrepreneurial Environment, Entrepreneurial Eco-System and Entrepreneurial Aspirations. The novel Penalty for Bottleneck methodology is applied to the pillar scores so that the ‘bottleneck’ (i.e. pillar with the lowest score) penalizes the final country ranking. This approach encourages countries to address their weakest areas first since it will have the greatest effect on their final score.

About Dell

Dell Inc. listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more. As the visionary outcome of a true entrepreneur, Dell is committed to help power the success of entrepreneurs by developing technology solutions that help their businesses increase productivity and grow. Through the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network, Dell supports and nurtures a community of female entrepreneurs by providing access to knowledge, networks, and capital. Learn more at

Mondelez International Foundation Brings Better Health to More than One Million Children in Five Countries

– School-Focused Programs to Help Kids Under 12 in Australia, Brazil, China, India and Russia
– Part of Multi-Year, $50 Million Commitment to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, Address Obesity

DEERFIELD, Ill., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Mondelez International Foundation today unveiled plans with its global community partners to bring nutrition education, active play and fresh foods to more than one million children and their families in Australia, Brazil, China, India and Russia as part of its multi-year, $50 million commitment to promote healthy lifestyles and address obesity. Today’s announcement is in line with Mondelez International’s Call For Well-being and will help empower communities to address the needs of some of the more than 30 million overweight children around the world, especially in developing markets.

“We share our partners’ beliefs that helping people – especially children – adopt small habits like making balanced food choices, preparing healthy snacks and moving more can lead to big changes in their well-being and that of their communities,” said Nicole Robinson, President of the Mondelez International Foundation. “We’re working side-by-side with our community partners to arm people with the resources and know-how to make decisions that can lead to a lifetime of good health.”

This March, Mondelez International issued a Call For Well-being to urge its employees, suppliers and community partners to join together to develop new approaches that can have a positive impact on the planet and its people. The Call For Well-being focuses on four key areas where the company can make the greatest impact: mindful snacking, sustainability, community and safety. Today’s commitments answer the call for community initiatives that inspire a dialogue around what it means to live well and what can be done to make well-being a reality for years to come.

Community Partners Step Up to Answer the Call

The Mondelez International Foundation and its global community partners are working together toward the common goal of fostering environments that allow children and families to adopt lifelong healthy habits. The partnerships announced today expand existing programs in Brazil, China and Russia and pave the way for new efforts in Australia and India. Over the next three years, the Foundation and its partners will inspire schools and communities to reach underserved kids and get involved in the following innovative ways:

  • Australia: Football Federation Australia and a leading NGO are combining their expertise to host what will be Australia’s largest healthy lifestyle program benefitting 115,500 children and families across 300 schools. The highly interactive program combines active play and nutrition education empowering children to live a healthy lifestyle. Kids will discover the joy of healthy eating and creative forms of play through physical activity.
  • Brazil: INMED Partnerships for Children and Institute for Sports Education (IEE) are teaming up to expand Health in Action. INMED’s nutrition efforts, which include school-based gardens, have improved children’s body mass index and vegetable consumption and have decreased anemia rates. The inclusion of physical activity through IEE will bring fitness to the classroom and the community and train teachers, parents and local leaders to coach sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer. The expansion will benefit 1,000 schools and about 675,000 children, parents and community members. 
  • China: China Youth Development Foundation will spread the benefits of nutrition and access to fresh foods through Hope Kitchens by reaching 150,000 students in 300 schools. Hope Kitchens offer renovated cooking facilities to primary schools, promote education on food safety and balanced nutritious meals and offer vegetable gardens to put good nutrition with reach for thousands of school children.
  • India: Save the Children and Magic Bus are teaming up to promote active play including sports development, nutrition education and growing fresh foods to about 140,000 children and families across India. The program will work alongside parents, educators and community health workers to help improve children’s nutrition and health, encourage sports and play and train youth leaders. 
  • Russia: Charities Aid Federation’s Be Healthy program teaches students about nutrition, how to grow and prepare healthy foods and ways to get active. Be Healthy ignites students’ interest by inviting schools to compete for grants that equip them with cooking and sports equipment and expects to reach 20,000 students across 45 locations.

“Through Health In Action, we’ve learned that the path to well-being begins by showing children what good health looks like and finding creative ways to help them incorporate it into their lives,” said Joyce Capelli, CEO of INMED Brazil. “The Mondelez International Foundation has given scale to our efforts and, together with IEE, we’re answering the Call For Well-being by inspiring thousands of kids to embrace healthy living, get active and have fun in the process.”

Every community partnership will track progress against a universal set of metrics critical to achieving well-being: physical activity, nutrition education and accessibility to nutritious foods. These metrics were developed in conjunction with community partners and public health experts convened by the Mondelez International Foundation last year in Granada, Spain. To learn more, please visit:

About Mondelez International

Mondelez International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is a global snacking powerhouse, with 2013 revenue of $35 billion. Creating delicious moments of joy in 165 countries, Mondelez International is a world leader in biscuits, chocolate, gum, candy, coffee and powdered beverages, with billion-dollar brands such as Oreo, LU and Nabisco biscuits; Cadbury, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Milka chocolate; Trident gum; Jacobs coffee and Tang powdered beverages. Mondelez International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, NASDAQ 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit and

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