On May 6 and 7, the IGD 2009 National Summit brought together a broad cross-section of business leaders in Washington, D.C. to advance a bold strategy to reduce global poverty.
Speakers, including General Colin L. Powell and business leaders such as Neville Isdell formerly of Coca-Cola, Terry McGraw of McGraw-Hill and Jeff Immelt of GE, shared their expertise and exemplified the power of business leadership in promoting poverty reduction. U.S. National Security Advisor General James L. Jones invited IGD partners to share their expertise with the Obama administration, and IGD will follow up with the administration to advance recommendations that will improve U.S. foreign policy and increase global development.
Participants expressed strong support for IGD’s action agenda and a commitment to advocate for smarter foreign assistance, more open trade and the sharing of innovative business models for sustainable poverty reduction.
A new program launched during the Summit, Frontier 100, brings together CEOs from frontier markets with U.S. CEOs to reduce poverty through relationship building, knowledge sharing and targeted initiatives.
Read more about the 2009 National Summit and IGD’s action agenda
Download the complete 2009 National Summit report