Sawa’s Founder meets with Heads of State and Government at...

Sawa’s Founder meets with Heads of State and Government at the United Nations: 2010

Sawa Global’s Founder, Daphne Nederhorst, was invited to participate in the United Nations Private Sector Forum on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in New York. Nederhorst, who represented one of only ten non-profit leaders, discussed Sawa’s fresh approach for solving extreme poverty, made some critical connections with Heads of State, global business leaders and celebrities, and made a commitment to meet the MDGs by 2015.

Despite the three hundred representatives in attendance, Sawa was among only thirty to make a commitment to meet the MDGs by 2015. Sawa’s commitment is to provide one thousand solutions to the MDGs by 2015 that will impact twenty million people living in extreme poverty. Ultimately, one thousand Sawa Heroes that are living in extreme poverty will provide these solutions. 

Nederhorst will now further explore collaboration with key leaders that she met at the Forum. She is already in conversation with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder of the Grameen Bank and Richard Branson’s team at Virgin Unite.

A great step for SAWA World

It's great to see some influential people getting interested in SAWA World. These people can assist in facilitating, fostering and spreading indigenous social innovation and entrepreneurship to fight extreme poverty. Often top-down, exogenous approaches have met with mixed results. Just as tropical plants thrive in places where temperate crops wither, poverty solutions that have evolved taking into account the particulars of a socioeconomic niche are more likely to be fruitful. With growing support for SAWA's innovative approach, the transmission and replication of entrepreneurial ideas can help result in world free of extreme poverty.