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Can a Car Distributor Bring Solutions to Fight with Poverty?

We are used to see industry related initiatives from businesses. If it is a business related to cars, than we expect to hear issues about carbon emission, environment, supplier audit etc.. How about poverty fighting initiatives from a car distributor?


Toyota's largest distributor all over the world changes that mind and brings innovative solutions to fight with poverty along with the other industry based initiatives.

Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI) is the corporate social responsibility arm of the Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ) Group. ALJ group currently is the largest Toyota cars distributor all over th world with the business in 12 countries. Social contribution issues are always kept as a part of core business in ALJ. 

ALJCI has today initiatives all over the world and poverty fighting is one of the main topics. There are two current initiatives at ALJCI's table, on eof the is global and the other one is regional in the Middle East region.


The first one is a global solution provider initiative; Abdullatif Jameel Poverty Action Lab

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a network of 52 affiliated professors around the world who are united by their use of Randomized Evaluations (REs) to answer questions critical to poverty alleviation. J-PAL's mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. J-PAL works to achieve this by:

  • Conducting Rigorous Impact Evaluations- J-PAL researchers conduct randomized evaluations to test and improve the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at reducing poverty. There are more than   evaluations that have been either completed or are ongoing.
  • Building Capacity- J-PAL provides expertise to people interested in rigorous program evaluation, and training to others on how to conduct randomized evaluations.
  • Impacting Policy- J-PAL’s policy group performs cost-effectiveness analysis to identify the most effective ways to achieve policy goals, disseminates this knowledge to policymakers, and works with governments, NGOs, foundations, and international development organizations to promote the scale-up of highly effective policies and programs around the world.


And the second one is a regional solution provider initiative; Grameen Jameel

Grameen-Jameel was established in 2003 and incorporated in 2007 as a joint venture between Grameen Foundation and ALJ Foundation, a subsidiary of Abdul Latif Jameel Group. The company alleviates poverty by providing technical and financial assistance to microfinance institutions.

As of November 2010, Grameen-Jameel has provided financial guarantees of over US $24 million which has facilitated local currency financing of US $53 million to nearly 520,000 microfinance clients through its partner microfinance institutions in the MENA region. Grameen-Jameel operates in nine countries, which include Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.


Beside above initiatives, ALJCI works on another innovative initiaves, such as BRJ, which finds job and helps people to establish their own businesses. BRJ has helped to 175.000 people in last six years.


So, yes a car distributor can be the solution for many community issues and ALJ introduces innovative solutions to world...

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