To solve the global challenges to security, peace, and safety, we need to provide more capacity for inter-organizational coordination, planning and resourcing, while increasing distributed agency.
Vast sums, reaching trillions of Euros, are available to help organizations expand their SDG initiatives – once they show they can safely use the funds.
Imagine what they could do if they could reliably access these funds.
Many organizations are working to address global crises in peace and safety, climate change, food security, and inequality. There are gaps between these organizations few with the mandate to fill those gaps.
Lack of investment leaves organizations with less capacity and hinders collaboration with other organizations who could be impact multipliers. Even when there is successful investment, benefits are often not structured and distributed in a way that creates a path toward resolving greater challenges.
A team of over twenty global organizations and experts have come together to create Equity 4 Humanity (“E4H”). Incubated at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, E4H is creating an integrated systems model for financing development and associated project coordination to support peace and security for all.
E4H is filling gaps and removing barriers to initiative implementation, scaling for peace and security initiatives in SDGs, and providing a systemic framework that allows organizations to plan and change for larger impact.
How is this critical to security and peace?
Solving for climate, food, health, water, and poverty in general are all key to security, stability, and peace. Climate change is already driving migration, famine, war, and instability.
There are already solutions for regenerative agriculture, increasing yields sustainably, for sequestering carbon, and organizations that apply many of these solutions with millions of farmers around the world. There is a need for an association that facilitates greater collaboration, and structuring finance to greatly expand implementation of solutions for climate and food security.
There are already trillions of Euros equivalent earmarked for impact, but without good pathways to those that could utilize it well. Without sufficient funding and an appropriate governance frame, peace and security solutions are held back from their full potential.
What does E4H do?
E4H bridges gaps between organizations and improves funding capabilities through a membership program and a project coordination function. Our mandate is to be open, transparent and of service to the greater ecosystem of solution providers.
E4H is focused on systems level improvements
- Increasing collaboration and synergy between organizations, both within and across domains
- Removing finance as a limiting factor to implementing with sufficient speed and scale by bridging the financial and impact worlds and setting up accessible funds
- Creating greater incentives for participation in peace and security initiatives at all levels
- Providing information technology to support understanding, planning and operations
- Governance to ensure open and equitable operations
Building four complementary initiatives
- Membership program: Finding the gaps and opportunities between member organizations while leveraging synergies for greater impact
- Bridging finance and impact with financial instruments and associated legal governance frameworks
- Project coordination and leadership
- Leveraging AI, game, and information technology for risk reduction, planning and consensus building
E4H works with organizations already successfully deploying solutions, looks for ways those entities can collaborate, and creates mechanisms to fund systemic expansion.
Creation, Execution and Oversight of E4H
E4H was founded by:
- Arthur Wood (former Ashoka Global Head of Social Finance Services),
- Dr Audrey Selian (Artha Networks),
- Bob Bishop (ICES Foundation - International Centre for Earth Simulation),
- Bru Pearce (Envisionation - Whole Earth Systems specialists),
- Daniel Goldman (Silicon Valley Investor and Innovator, Prosperity Exchange, Edmund Hillary Fellow),
- David Stevens (Financial Guarantee Insurance Expert, former CEO of XL Capital Assurance),
- Fredrik Galtung (Ashoka Fellow - TrueFootprint),
- Dr Guy Hutton (Director of Innate Values Ltd., formerly World Bank and UNICEF),
- Professor Jean Marie Le Goff (IDE4 Foundation, previously at CERN),
- Jeroo Billimoria (Ashoka Fellow, Founder of Catalyst 2030),
- John Simon (Total Impact Advisors, former Ambassador to the Africa Union, former EVP of OPIC),
- Lionel Bodin (Accenture - Managing Director, European Lead Accenture Development Partnerships),
- Maurice Mason (Kite Investments, Structured Finance specialist),
- Todd Porter (EDGEof Technology, Edmund Hillary Fellow),
with legal and governance design by:
- Bill Kelly (Latham, and Watkins [retired], Former Board Ashoka),
- Chuck Muckenfuss (Gibson Dunn [Retired], Former Finance Regulator and Yale Lecturer),
- Marc Owens (Loeb & Loeb, Former US Philanthropic Regulator),
- Michael Webber (Former UK Charity Commissioner)
- Tom Brunner (International Senior Lawyers Project ISLP),
and contributions by:
- Adel Guitouni (Co-Chair Victoria Forum),
- Stephen Huddart (Adjunct Professor, University of Victoria Gustavson School of Business),
- the late Bob Lang (Americans for Community Development)
- the late Stephen Lloyd (Bates Braithwaite, Former advisor to Lord Hodgkinson on UK Charity Reform).