Global Citizen’s Nelson Mandela Tribute Brings in Pledged Total of $7 Billion

Following Sunday night’s Global Citizen Festival in South Africa, the anti-poverty initiative reportedly raised over $7 billion in commitments — seven times the group’s original projected goal of $1 billion.

According to an impact report on Global Citizen’s website, the concert won pledges from organizations such as the World Bank, Vodacom, Cisco and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, as well as the South African government. Commitments will be applied towards the United Nations’ “2030 Program,” which aims to end extreme poverty by that year.

The festival, typically held
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