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Bill Gates’ Annual Letter and UNICEF


— Bill Gates released his “annual letter” today, presenting a candid take on the work and learnings of his foundation. His 2013 focus? Measurement. Gates cites UNICEF and its beloved former Executive Director James Grant as “the best example of picking an important goal and using measurement to achieve it.” Though Grant is not a household name, Gates maintains that “(his) impact on the world is as significant as any profit-driven leader like Henry Ford or Thomas Watson.”

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Jim Grant and the unfinished agenda for children

“The late James P. Grant, a little-known American aid worker who headed UNICEF from 1980 to 1995 and launched the child survival revolution with vaccinations and diarrhea treatments, probably saved more lives than were destroyed by Hitler, Mao and Stalin combined” — Nicholas D. Kristof, March 6, 2008

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of James P. Grant, the former Executive Director of UNICEF and global children’s champion. As a Congressional aide, I had the opportunity to see Jim Grant in action as he pressed Senators and Representatives to save children’s lives and to make children a priority of U.S. foreign policy. I later had the privilege to assist him in his advocacy work when I joined the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

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A child at a community center in Cote d’Ivoire, shares a book with UNICEF Executive Director Jim Grant.

The spirit of Jim Grant was very much alive when his friends and former colleagues gathered at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University to hear from distinguished experts at The James P. Grant Lecture: “An Unfinished Agenda for Children.”

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What “preventable” means


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[NewsNet] Tracking UNICEF in the news

Adam Fifield is on staff at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He’ll be doing weekly round-ups of news coverage of interest. This is his first post.

Greetings news buffs! For those of you who want to keep track of UNICEF’s news footprint, I will be posting regular reviews of items from various sources. With an organization as vast and diverse as UNICEF, I obviously can’t list everything, but I will try to compile a mix of reports that is interesting and informative. I may also throw in a small dose of commentary or a ‘Background note’ that will offer added context, history or other info.

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