If you were at a UN event on public-private partnerships, who would you expect to see there? Oprah? Bill Gates? Elon Musk?
How about Wyclef Jean? Some of you may ask, “Who is Wyclef and why was he at a UN public-private partnerships event?” To those of you who asked the former, we can no longer be friends. To those who asked the latter, that is a great question. Wyclef was a member of the Fugees, who changed hip hop when they dropped The Score. You probably know the Fugees for their rendition of Killing Me Softly. Wyclef is the one who says “one time! one time!”.
He was promoting his new album, Carnival 3, at a public-private partnerships event linked to the success of the SDGs. Wyclef used to have a non-profit called Yéle Haiti, which was accused of mishandling $16 million in donations after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Apparently, $9 million of the $16 million was spent on office space and salaries including flying Lindsay Lohan, Matt Damon and other celebrities to fundraisers. The non-profit has since closed shop.
We still have not yet figured out the appropriate role for celebrities in international development. Are there any good examples?
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