Game-Changing Initiatives (GCI) is the programme through which Stars primarily engages the private sector. The GCIs below are joint initiatives by Al-Dabbagh Group companies, Stars and partners to invest in game-changing solutions to development challenges.
The world has a global water crisis on its hands: today, 2.4 billion people live in water-stressed areas. By 2025, that number will increase to 2.8 billion, and just one generation later – in 2050 – it will be 4 billion.
Women in these regions walk an average of 3.5 miles every day, carrying up to 40lbs of water on their heads, often using inadequate containers that are contaminated with chemicals or petroleum residue. That’s 200 million hours each day spent by women (and children) carrying water from source to home.
In a joint venture by Greif, Inc. and Al-Dabbagh Group, PackH2O™ Water Backpack was developed to ease the human burden of transporting water, help to eradicate waterborne illness through SODIS technology that sanitises pack liners in the sun, and even provide immediate support in the days following a natural disaster. A business model has been developed around the manufacturing, selling and servicing of the backpacks to support micro-entrepreneurs in the community.
Stars is working with Partners in Health (PIH) and the Rwandan Health Ministry to distribute the backpack to 100,000 people in vulnerable communities across Rwanda, and to support integrated water sanitation and hygiene education, training and socialisation of the backpack to ensure improved – and sustained – health outcomes as a result of their use.
The backpack has already been recognised for its innovation by the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Awards, and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards.
The global urban population totals more than 3.5 billion. By 2050, there will be more than 6 billion city dwellers, and most of them will live in developing countries.
Migrants often travel to cities in search of work and a better life for their families, but the infrastructure needed to support them is missing and many people find themselves living in 'informal settlements', where they face overcrowding, unsafe structures and lack of safe electricity, water and sanitation services.
Add to this the fact that there are 51.2 million forcibly displaced people in the world – 50% of them are children – and the scale of the global housing crisis is undeniable.
Red Sea Housing's New Home, New Life programme will address this problem through two simultaneous tracks: provision of refugee relief and an affordable housing initiative.
There is a cruel irony in global child nutrition statistics. While more than 165 million children across the world are malnourished, the prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing at an alarming rate.
It is estimated that more than 42 million children under the age of five are obese. Close to 35 million of these children are living in developing countries.
Al-Dabbagh Group's Supreme Foods Company will now begin important work with the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital on Fit Kids, a childhood health and nutrition GCI pilot to combat childhood obesity in Saudi Arabia, where more than 18% of children are overweight.
More than 90% of the 1.3 million people killed as a result of road accidents occur in low- and middle- income countries, and experts estimate that 10 million children are injured in road accidents each year. Only 28 countries – representing just 7% of the world's total population – have laws that adequately address the risk factors associated with road safety.
To respond to this child safety issue, Al-Dabbagh Group’s Petromin has begun development of a Safe Roads Save Lives GCI with the Global Road Safety Partnership.
In the UN's 'Decade of Action for Road Safety', the initiative will seek to reach 2 million children and their families through educational and technical road safety innovations.