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UN Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg Joins Forces with Bancolombia and BBVA to Launch CFLI Colombia in Support of Colombia’s Climate Goals

April 4, 2022

UN Special Envoy Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a new initiative co-chaired by Bancolombia and BBVA that will convene the private finance sector to support transformational climate action in Colombia. CFLI Colombia is the first Latin American CFLI Country Pilot, a program that enables a private-sector led and country-specific approach to mobilizing climate finance at scale. The CFLI Country Pilots are designed to identify and accelerate both financial and policy solutions to move capital into sectors and activities that are critical to achieving a low-carbon, climate resilient economy.

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Government Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Sagol Family Launch The Bloomberg-Sagol Center for City Leadership at Tel Aviv University

April 3, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Sagol Family announced a major new effort to strengthen local leadership across Israel through The Bloomberg-Sagol Center for City Leadership at Tel Aviv University. The effort is inspired by the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, and aims to help mayors of cities across Israel – north and south, large and small, Jewish- and Arab-led – deliver better and more equitable public services to residents, strengthen social bonds, and deepen ties to the global community of innovative city leaders.

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Environment

CurieuzenAir Reveals a Striking Disparity in Air Pollution Levels Across Brussels

March 18, 2022

For one month, 3,000 Brussels residents mapped the concentration of nitrogen dioxide in their street, a key indicator of air pollution caused by traffic. The dataset shows air quality in Brussels has improved, but there is still a major health impact.

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Government Innovation

New Bloomberg Philanthropies City Data Alliance Launches in the U.S., Latin America, and Canada with $60 Million Investment

March 9, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ City Data Alliance, a program that will identify 100 cities from across North and South America that are the most sophisticated at using data to make policy decisions and propel them to an even higher standard with executive education, direct-to-city coaching, and a focused investment to improve a critical data capacity.

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Founder's Projects

Bloomberg Philanthropies Partners with CARE to Support Women Small Business Owners in East Africa with Village Savings and Loans Associations

February 17, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a partnership with CARE to expand existing Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) for agricultural funds in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The partnership will enable women who own small agriculture-based businesses to build capital and access credit to invest in and grow their businesses, ensuring long-term economic sustainability for themselves and their families.

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Environment

Heavy Air Pollution Affects Air Quality at Sixty Schools Across Brussels

February 10, 2022

A new study led by Les Chercheurs d’Air, in partnership with Brussels Environment and with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and 19 Brussels municipalities, reveals that schools in Brussels are exposed to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels that exceed the new World Health Organization (WHO) global air quality guidelines.

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Government Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces 15 Winners of the Global Mayors Challenge

January 18, 2022

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 15 winning cities of the 2021-2022 Global Mayors Challenge, the fifth edition of the worldwide innovation competition that supports and spreads cities’ most promising ideas. These 15 winners are being recognized for designing the boldest and most ambitious urban innovations to emerge from the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Government Innovation

Bloomberg Philanthropies Recognizes 10 U.S. Cities for Excellence in Using Data and Evidence

December 15, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced the 10 new cities awarded What Works Cities Certification in recognition of their exceptional use of data to inform policy and funding decisions to improve residents’ lives. What Works Cities Certification recognizes and celebrates U.S. local governments that are leading the nation in the use of data and evidence to improve services, create operational efficiencies, and engage residents. These data-informed strategies have enabled these newly Certified cities to increase resident satisfaction, create employment opportunities for residents, help local businesses thrive, decrease youth and gang violence, and more. This new cohort brings the total number of U.S. cities certified for outstanding data practices to 50 since 2017.

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Education

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Historic $750 Million National Effort to Advance Public Charter Schools As Traditional District Schools Fail Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

December 1, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies launches a national five-year $750 million effort to support the success and growth of existing charter and autonomous schools, open new high quality charter schools, and create city- and state-level conditions that will help sustain progress.

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Environment

Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Partnership with City of Milan to Monitor Air Pollution and Promote Clean Air In Schools

November 30, 2021

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new clean air partnership with the City of Milan, and Agenzia Mobilità Ambiente e Territorio (AMAT) to better understand and improve air quality in Italy’s second-most populous city. The new initiative will invest in monitoring street-level air quality around Milan’s schools and mobilizing student and community action for cleaner air.

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