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September 25, 2014

Clintons Launch $600-Million Effort to Educate Girls

More than 30 nonprofits, corporations, and governments have made commitments to a $600-million program to bolster education for disadvantaged girls launched Wednesday at the Clinton Global Initiative, reports Bloomberg. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and nonprofit think tank the Brookings Institution are spearheading the effort, which is expected to help 14 million girls in the next five years, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southwest Asia.

The effort—called Collective Harnessing Ambition & Resources for Girls Education, or Charge—was fostered by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, a Brookings fellow, and Jennifer Klein, a Clinton Foundation senior adviser. Ms. Klein said participating groups must have raised at least 75 percent of their financial commitment to sign on and that each "will determine the needs of the country where they are working."