Having officially kicked off on Sunday morning, the Annual Meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), is now running full steam ahead starring speakers such as former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Gervanne Leridon, Co-President of African Artists for Development has also spoken during several CGI sessions, having been asked to outline the exciting new programs AAD is launching this year.
The CGI was founded by former US-President Bill Clinton in 2005 and groups a wide range of public and private sector members under its umbrella, each with their own innovative projects dedicated to human development. These CGI ‘Commitments to Action’ focus on delivering a real and meaningful impact to the communities concerned and, together, will touch the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries.
AAD’s latest CGI commitment to action is is entitled ‘Refugees on the Move: Using dance to reduce violence and restore self-esteem in refugee camps’, which Gervanne Leridon unveiled during the ‘Resilience through the Arts’ session. The original project developed in Southern Chad with choreographer Taïgué Ahmed is now being expanded to 9 other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, starting with the Central African Republic and Burundi and then moving on to Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, Ethiopia and the Republic of the Congo.
For each country, a local choreographer will be selected who, after undergoing a training program to learn Taïgué Ahmed’s seasoned approach, will lead multiple sessions of dance workshops in refugee camps and with the neighboring populations to reduce violence, restore hope and self-esteem among refugees, and build bridges with the outside world.
This ambitious next step for ‘Refugees on the Move’ marks a key point in AAD’s development, dramatically expanding the scope of its programs. As Gervanne Leridon stated at the CGI Annual Meeting’s opening, “AAD now has projects in 12 African countries.”
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes leaders to turn ideas into action. CGI Commitments to Action represent bold new ways that CGI members address global challenges—implemented through new methods of partnership and designed to maximize impact. Commitments can be small or large, global or local. No matter the size or scope, commitments help CGI members translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.