“Access to health care should be a right, not a privilege.” – Bill Clinton
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Ingrid Cazalis, Claudia Pumarejo
The Hult Prize is a start-up accelerator for social entrepreneurship that originated at Hult International Business School. One of its students, Ahmad Ashkar, thought of “crowd-sourcing brilliant solutions for how to change the world from college and university students around the world”. The first Hult Prize challenge, gathering teams from business schools to take up the challenge of the global education crisis, took place in 2010.
It has been a long time since the French “Déclaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen.” Nevertheless, these natural rights declared in 1789, such as equality and freedom, have not been achieved in every country in the world. Moreover, as the society has evolved and new human rights have emerged, some have been left behind. In 1979, Czech jurist Karel Vasak discussed a “third generation of human rights,” including the rights of economic and social development, communication, healthy environment and natural resources.
The Clinton Global Initiative is one of Hult International Business School’s partners in the challenge. As former US president Bill Clinton recalls: “Over the past four years, the Hult Prize has brought together some of the brightest young innovators to address the obstacles that prevent prosperity and opportunity from thriving worldwide. From increasing access to technology and clean water to tackling poverty and food security on a global level, past competitions have yielded tremendous ideas that support business and social enterprise while serving the greater good”. They are doing their part.