Five Innovators Heading to CGI: The NGO Has Landed

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Five Innovators Heading to CGI: The NGO Has Landed

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By collaborating with gov'ts + partners, RDI fosters women's land rights to help families rise out of poverty.
Friday, September 17, 2010 - 10:00pm

After surviving the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Marie and her children have been living with relatives far from home. Under a pilot program, developed by the Rural Development Institute (RDI) and its partners, along with Rwanda's Ministry of Lands, Marie will be able to return to Rwanda to claim the land that she and her husband once farmed, but now as a registered landowner in her village. Title to her land is vital for Marie and other women to secure food for themselves and their families, economic stability, and a route out of poverty.

In a private interview with Tim Hanstad, President and CEO of RDI, he explained that, "Women's rights to land are at the strategic center of RDI's work to help the poorest. Women do 60 - 80 percent of the farming in developing countries, yet only 2 percent of the world's land is owned by women. And women and girls comprise more than 70 percent of the world's 1.4 billion poor people. When they are empowered to play active roles in society, women and girls improve the health, education and earning power of their families and communities."

Hanstad is attending the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Sixth Annual Meeting next week; this will be his third CGI meeting since 2008. The CGI meetings are powerful matchmaking events, led each day by former President Bill Clinton

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Keywords: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation | CGI | CSR | Clinton Global Initiative | Corporate Social Responsibility | Nike Foundation | Omidyar Network | RDI | Rural Development Institute | Tim Hanstad