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Reducing Inequality and Remembering the Forgotten

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Reducing Inequality and Remembering the Forgotten October 12, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The Forgotten | Remembering Those With Disabilities | Remembering Those With Chronic Illness  | Remembering Those Who Are Widows | Remembering Those Who Are Left Behind | Moving Forward “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” – Mother…

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Setting a course for our future, investing in girls education

by Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar's director of Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president & Atul Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International

For more than 20 years, Opportunity International and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We have worked together to empower entrepreneurs throughout sub-Saharan Africa with loans, savings, and financial training. We have expanded our outreach in Asia, equipped farmers with targeted financial services, and invested in financial literacy. And throughout our partnership—through years of innovation, discovery, pilot programs, and new…

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International Day of the Girl 2017

by Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar's director of Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president & Atul Tandon, Chief Executive Officer, Opportunity International

For more than 20 years, Opportunity International and the Caterpillar Foundation have partnered to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.  Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, we celebrate one of our greatest lessons learned: the power of investing in girls’ education.  Watch the recent discussion on the importance of investing in girls education with Michele Sullivan, Caterpillar's director of Corporate Social Innovation and Caterpillar Foundation president & Atul Tandon,…

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Empowering Tomorrow's Female Entrepreneurs in Asia

by Rosa Wang, Global Director of Digital Financial Services

One of our key solutions to expanding financial inclusion for women in developing communities involves a tool that many young women already have access to: a mobile phone. As we expand our services in Asia, more young female loan clients will access voice-based content in their own language that will educate them about financial and digital literacy. The beauty of this delivery channel is two-fold:  It works on even the most basic phone. This means we can magnify the utility of phones that young…

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Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for All

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for All September 21, 2017 // by Allison Kooser The Water and Sanitation Crisis | Starting with Water | How to Solve the Crisis: Collaboration | Opportunity's Collaboration on WASH | Moving Forward Together In the first hour of your day, you might brush your teeth, take a shower, wash your face, and use the bathroom. You may make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, or simply fill a bottle with water. And if you’re anything…

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Backpacks and Possibilities

by Lydia Baldridge Meier

I just sent my two kids, 6 and almost 4, off to their first day of the new school year. My first-grader was thrilled to head back. She loves everything about school. My preschooler was reticent, so I spent a good deal of the morning telling him about all the new adventures that await him—that anything is possible at school! I am so fortunate that my husband and I were able to write the pre-school tuition check, buy school supplies, pack nutritious lunches and send the kids off with shiny new backpacks.…

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Accessible, High-Quality, Sustainable Education for All: Exploring SDG 4

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Accessible, High-Quality,Sustainable Education for All August 24, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Our Secret Weapon | What Happens When Children Are Educated | Accessibilty, Quality and Sustainability | Ensuring Access, Improving Quality and Seeking Sustainability | Ensuring Education for All Imagine, for a moment, kindergarten. Your days are full of finger painting, imagination and writing your letters and numbers. You learn to share, work with others and…

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Promoting Peace Through Community and Opportunity

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Promoting Peacethrough Community and Opportunity July 28, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Seeking Peace | Escaping the FARC and Escaping Violence | How Opportunity Promotes Peace and Justice | Entering into Violent Communities to Promote Peace | Moving Forward in Peace Yineth’s entire childhood was plagued by violence. As a young girl growing up in rural Colombia, her family struggled to make ends meet. When she was eight years old, she learned that the man…

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What We're Reading: Nicholas Kristof

by Atul Tandon

I have good news to share. For the first time in history, less than 10% of the world lives in extreme poverty—and every day, another 250,000 people graduate from extreme poverty, according to the World Bank. We are encouraged and optimistic because the data shows us that we are slowly but surely achieving our goals, and I am honored to lead an organization that plays a role in this progress. Together, we are working tirelessly each and every day, moving closer to our vision of a world without extreme…

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Partnering for Health and Well-Being: Exploring SDG3

by Allison Kooser

Exploring the Sustainable Development Goals Partnering for Healthand Well-Being June 20, 2017 // by Allison Kooser Good Health and Well-Being | Child Health | Maternal Health | HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases | Partnering to Save Lives For the past few months, we have been exploring the Sustainable Development Goals—the set of benchmarks the UN created as global guidelines for development and poverty alleviation. These goals are inextricably linked with one another. Like the body described…

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