Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign Announce Commitment to the 100 Million Campaign

Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign have joined a global campaign to help 100 million families lift themselves out of extreme poverty, as a first step toward ending poverty by 2030.

Initiated by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, the 100 Million Project is leading this global campaign and partnering with institutions around the world to develop “Campaign Commitments.” These Commitments are the pronouncements of those institutions dedicated to bringing about an end to poverty and outline how they will work towards that end with specific, measurable and time-bound actions. Together with 16 other Campaign Commitments, Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign are helping to make a major step forward in ending poverty entirely.

The two organizations announced their Campaign Commitment at the 2013 Partnerships Against Poverty Summit held from October 9–11 in the Philippines. As founding partners of the Health and Microfinance Alliance, they have pledged the following actions:

We commit to supporting the measurement of movement out of poverty in the following manner:
Develop and test health program impact indicators by year-end 2014, and sign up ten partner organizations by 2015 to collect annually and report on poverty outreach as well as health program impact indicators to the Health and Microfinance Alliance.

We commit to supporting the facilitation of movement out of poverty in the following manner:
Reach 1,000,000 financial service providers’ women clients with integrated financial and health services that can contribute to improved well-being for them and their families by year-end 2015.

The “Health and Microfinance Alliance Campaign Commitment” was presented to and endorsed by the delegates to the 2013 Summit.

Catalyzed by support from Johnson & Johnson and its vision for improved health for women and children, Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign have worked as collaborators and founders of the Health and Microfinance Alliance to partner with 38 financial service providers in India (reaching some 700,000 clients and 3.5 million family members) and in other countries across the globe.

The Alliance is demonstrating that health services can be practically and sustainably combined with financial services to reach the “final mile” to the world’s poor. These partnerships enable the provision of cost-effective health packages that include a combination of health education, health financing and access to health services and products through linkages to public and private health.

Freedom from Hunger and the Microcredit Summit Campaign will present the progress in reaching these benchmarks at the next Microcredit Summit and will renew their commitment with new benchmarks for specific, measureable and time-bound actions to help 100 million families lift themselves out of severe poverty.

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