On Tuesday April 25 2017 in Vienna, our CEO Forest Whitaker received
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Forest Whitaker showcases his work and his views on refugees at
It is our pleasure to share with you WPDI’s 2016 Annual Report. This
Blog post just published by the UN:
Forest Whitaker: It's not too late to save South Sudan
WPDI and Starkey Hearing Foundation mobilized to provide care
Our CEO, Forest Whitaker, was in Juba from 12 to 14 February to
Marking the launch of a new deployment of its activities in the
Empowering young women and men as peace leaders and
13 January 2017
Forest Whitaker will actively
My name is Monday. I was born and I grew up in during the war. I was
The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) is proud to
An online auction of "Star Wars: Rogue One" items will be held by
In communities impacted by conflict and endemic violence, the Youth
November 9, 2016
The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative
November 4, 2016
On November 8, artist and social activist
November 2, 2016
WPDI has partnered with Starkey Hearing
The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) and Protecting
Every day, countless children go to school across the country with open
September 21st was chosen by the United Nations as the International
On September 6, 2016, at a school-wide assembly at Andrew Carnegie
By Forest Whitaker
August 12, 2016
There are over 1.8
By Forest Whitaker
July 28, 2016
Over the past three
July 22, 2016
WPDI’s youth peacemakers in Tijuana, Mexico are
July 4, 2016
Last week, 27 youth at a protection-of-civilians (
June 20, 2016
As the international community comes together to
With 2016 almost half gone, WPDI's youth peacemakers have had a busy
May 22, 2016
Artist and social activist Forest Whitaker will
May 17, 2016
The theme for the 2016 World Telecommunication
- @OworSimon @ForestWhitaker @vanderbellen @connectWPDI @TheWUFoundation Congratulations to you our big Daddy and very proud of you.
- @connectWPDI RT @ForestWhitaker: "Our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant & to face the chall…
- @3965384f47154c8 @ForestWhitaker @vanderbellen @connectWPDI Well done.
- @cariiy Forrest Whitaker - @4gamechanger of the year 2017 for @connectWPDI foundation presented by… https://t.co/ZmIZxHcCZS
- @ForestWhitaker Very honored to receive the #4gamechanger award from @vanderbellen for the great work of my team @connectWPDI - So proud of all of you guys!
- @TheWUFoundation Congrats @ForestWhitaker for being #4GameChanger of the year! @connectWPDI @4Gamechanger @puls4 #WithRefugees https://t.co/iA9JZAIUMH
- @connectWPDI RT @ForestWhitaker: We must strive to be change maker and to do so, we must help others become change makers themselves - starting with our…
- @connectWPDI RT @ForestWhitaker: When women & children are disenfranchised and abused, when men & boys are left idling in neglect, peace is in danger.
- @connectWPDI Our CEO @ForestWhitaker & @WesternUnionCEO talks to @puls4 on migrations & refugees at @4Gamechanger Festival https://t.co/QXHG3KExcy
- @Nergiz_JA .@WesternUnionCEO & @ForestWhitaker @connectWPDI hope u can bring your initiative 2Kurdistan Region-Iraq where # of… https://t.co/VCSqGR7ffA
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UNESCO is a specialized agency of the UN. It aims to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information along with fundamental principles proclaimed in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
BFI is a charitable organization that helps underprivileged children around the world to achieve a better future by promoting values like compassion, self-esteem, kindness, hope and the desire to help others. BFI funds arts and educational enrichment programs through partnerships with local and international organizations.
The Swedish Postcode Foundation's vision is to contribute to a better world for people, animals and nature. It's project support is distributed towards two main thematic areas: people's living conditions and the environment. The projects contribute to poverty reduction, peace building, human rights, climate, conservation or sustainable energy. The Swedish Postcode Foundation takes part in the annual distribution of lottery surplus from the Swedish Postcode Lottery, that in its place is part of the United Postcode Lotteries which, to date, is the world's third-largest private donor to charitable causes.
The Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world, by helping them reach their full potential. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. The Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton’s Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, the Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program.
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and services. Founded in 1876, Ericsson works to ensure that communications technology is a force for good and lasting change, where mobility and broadband play an ever-increasing role in the transformation of people, business and society. By working in public-private partnerships, Ericsson brings its competence, solutions, and innovations to respond to global challenges, and to continue its commitment to Technology for Good. In partnership with WPDI, Ericsson facilitates mobile connectivity and Internet access in South Sudan, Uganda and Mexico and supports WPDI through Connect To Learn, the global education initiative to bring a 21st century education students around the world.
Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and North Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 42.7 million active customers as of 31 December, 2012. Zain operates in: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the company manages ‘touch’ on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in Wana Telecom, now branded ‘Inwi’, through a joint venture.
Hope North Uganda is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 as a response to the plight of young victims of the war in northern Uganda. Hope North works to educate and provide opportunity to some of Uganda’s most vulnerable and marginalized individuals: former child soldiers, orphans, and young people otherwise directly affected by Uganda’s civil wars. Originally founded out of urgency as a place of refuge, Hope North has grown into an organization operating a broad range of social programs including a secondary school, income generating activities, vocational training projects and community health projects.
A New York-based international law firm, Chadbourne & Parke partners with various clients to promote their business objectives around the world. They offer a full range of legal services and deliver innovative and effective results drawing on their local expertise and relationships in their international platform of 12 offices across four continents. Recognized by Chambers Global in 36 practice areas in 12 regions, they have developed a unique focus on emerging markets and offer significant experience and depth in energy and infrastructure, international disputes, Latin American corporate and finance transactions, corporate M&A, and bankruptcy and financial restructuring.
CSUDH (1960) is a highly diverse, urban university with close to 15,000 students, located in Southern California. The university prides itself on its outstanding faculty and friendly, studentcentered environment. CSUDH offers a broad selection of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that reflect today's most relevant fields. Known for excellence in teacher education, nursing, psychology, business administration, and digital media arts, CSUDH is also a national leader in distance learning. The university’s negotiation, conflict resolution, and peace-building programs provide students with a theoretical understanding of human conflict, while acquiring practical skills and techniques to resolve disputes in a wide variety of circumstances. An ethnically and culturally diverse campus population reflects the changing face of America and provides students a rich educational experience to prepare them for the business and cultural world of the 21st century.
Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelor's degree in 14 disciplines: Advertising Design, Business of Art & Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking, and Sculpture. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 48-acre campus now includes more than 110 buildings, and enrolls nearly 1,300 students from 44 states and 53 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.
UABC is a public university in the Mexican state of Baja California. UABC is one of the 43 state universities throughout Mexico as part of the country's state university system. The Tijuana Campus was formally established in 2003 as a result of aiming to expand and solidify the academic spectrum and reach the socioeconomic and cultural needs of the region. UABC is one of the main partners of WPDI for the Harmonizer Program in Mexico.
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), of which First Lady Michelle Obama is Honorary Chair, is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. It works with federal agencies and the private sector to initiate and support key programs in the arts and the humanities, particularly in education. Members of PCAH include public figures and presidentially appointed private individuals. In May of 2011, PCAH released the first comprehensive federal report on arts education in over a decade, Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future Through Creative Schools.
The Handel Group is a corporate consulting and private coaching company which workswith top executives and management in organizations such as AOL, BASF, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, DaVita Inc., Sony-BMG, BP Beyond Petroleum, The New York Times Company and Vogue. Their coaches work one-on-one with executives, managers and personnel on developing leadership skills, solving issues and creating a culture of integrity and accountability within themselves and the company.
Instituto Mexicano de Yoga was founded in 2002 with the mission to offer all the information regarding to yoga. They organize a national yoga conference each year. They created the executive yoga program that has been implemented in corporations as P&G, Pfizer, Nextel, Campbells and Gatorade, among others.
The Association of Advancement for Mexico is a civil association that was established in 1980 as a result of a group of concerned Mexicans aiming to make positive change in Mexico. ASUME’s philosophy recognizes that every human being is able to improve and develop through an ongoing process of Personal Development training. ASUME’s training takes a holistic approach to personal development; one that aims to achieve physical and emotional balance.
The IIP at Rutgers University in New Jersey promotes sustainable peace rooted in human rights, respect for cultural diversity, and the elimination of poverty. The organization was co-founded by Forest Whitaker of which he serves as Chairman. The current Director is Kurt Shock, a professor of the University and expert in Non-Violent Social Movements. The IIP is designed to educate the next generation of peace-building leaders. UNESCO and the IIP formally joined forces in 2012.
The philanthropic arm of the INGKA Foundation (owner of the IKEA Group of companies), the IKEA Foundation is working toward a world where children living in poverty have more opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families. Its mission is to create substantial and lasting change by funding holistic, long-term programs in some of the world’s poorest communities that address children’s fundamental needs: home, health, education, and a sustainable family income, while helping communities fight and cope with climate change. The IKEA Foundation believes all children and young people deserve a quality education and should have a safe place to call home, so they are joining forces with WPDI to empower young people in South Sudan to build stronger and safer communities.
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people's health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.
The MasterCard Foundation seeks a world where everyone has the opportunity to learn and prosper. It believes that with access to education, financial services and skills training, people can have that chance. The Foundation partners with not-for-profit organizations to advance education and financial inclusion to catalyze prosperity in developing countries. It focuses its efforts on Africa, where the Foundation is contributing to an inclusive, more equitable continent by supporting the implementation of proven development models and scalable approaches.
The Western Union Foundation is dedicated to creating a better world, where the ability to realize dreams through economic opportunity is not just a privilege for the few but a right for all. Through its signature program, Education for Better, and with the support of The Western Union Company, its employees, Agents, and business partners, The Western Union Foundation works to realize this vision by supporting education and disaster relief efforts as pathways toward a better future. Our combined social ventures efforts make life better for individuals, families and communities around the world. Since its inception, The Western Union Foundation has paid more than $106 million in grants and other giving. These funds have been pledged to more than 2,794 nongovernmental organizations in more than 137 countries and territories. The Western Union Foundation, is a separate §501(c)(3) recognized United States charity. To learn more, visit www.westernunionfoundation.org, or Follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.