Scottsdale, AZ - Julie H. Sullivan, Ph.D., President and CEO of the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), was presented the Yunus Humanitarian Award at the Millennium Development Goals 2008 Micro for Macro Summit on Thursday, May 1. The award is named in honor of the work and vision of 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus.
The Summit was held May 1-2, in the University of Arizona Medical Facility at the Arizona State University downtown Phoenix campus and focused on identifying and addressing the challenges encountered toward the attainment of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals of 2015.
Shortly after receiving the Yunus Award, Sullivan spoke to summit participants on the importance of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and how IFESH's mission to support African nations to eradicate poverty, disease and inequity through self-help partnership programs has proven to be an effective model.
"IFESH has never lost its focus and the people of Africa are better for it," she said. "What does it take to make a difference?" she asked. "It takes collaboration with other forward thinking organizations that are willing to engage people on the ground in sustainable efforts." She went on to give first-hand examples of how IFESH is partnering with communities, local government authorities, major corporations and nongovernmental organizations to improve the livelihoods of the disadvantage populations of sub-Saharan Africa.
Sullivan wrapped-up her speech stressing the importance of working together. "A better Africa means a better global society," she said. "It means that the African children we educate today will enter the work force with improved skills tomorrow. It means that the work force of tomorrow will be able to provide support for their families, educate their
children and will allow Africa to be a significant part of a growing market for American goods and services. It is, therefore, in the enlightened best interest of corporate America to become active members of a global development alliance by partnering with non-governmental organizations like IFESH."
May 7, 2008