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UNOPS Global Innovation Centers to Utilize the Sustainable Preservation Initiative’s Renowned Business School and Capacity Building Program

 Sustainable Preservation Initiative to provide entrepreneurial education at UNOPS Innovation centers

New York, NY January 31, 2018. The Sustainable Preservation Initiative (“SPI”) proudly announces its collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (“UNOPS”) to utilize and disseminate SPI’s ‘Business School and Capacity Building Program’ in UNOPS’s Global Innovation Centers to be created around the world. The SPI Program will build and develop local community business skills and empower women entrepreneurs.

SPI’s Business School and Capacity Building Program provides economically disadvantaged communities with the tools to establish, build and sustain locally-owned and managed businesses. SPI has created a “mini business school” for poor communities lacking in formal education. The SPI business school provides the two things every successful entrepreneur needs to flourish: knowledge and resources. This renowned capacity building program has been utilized successfully around the world to train and empower local entrepreneurs, especially women, in essential business skills, enabling them to be independent and successful business owners.

Dr. Larry Coben, SPI’s founder and Executive Director, says “We are thrilled to work with UNOPS s to empower communities with the tools they need to thrive economically. This marks the beginning of a powerful, worldwide collaboration to scale SPI’s proven track record of alleviating poverty We look forward to empowering local people, primarily women, to benefit them economically and otherwise.”

Jonas Svensson Head of Global Innovation and Technologies at UNOPS says “Entrepreneurial spirit and initiatives can be found everywhere, hence we need to be able to provide adequate tools be that to someone who holds a Master degree or to someone without any education. Hence I am very happy that SPI can provide tools fitted for empowerment of local communities and individuals.


About the Sustainable Preservation Initiative
SPI preserves archaeological sites by building futures and saving pasts. Many of humanity’s most important heritage sites co-exist with some of the world’s poorest people. SPI trains locals – mostly women – in essential business, design and marketing skills, and provides capacity building and funding for existing or start-up businesses related to local heritage. SPI presently has twelve projects around the world, several of which are already fully self-sustaining and profitable.

UNOPS helps the UN and its partners provide peace and security, humanitarian and development solutions. Its mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve peace and sustainable development. UNOPS focuses on implementation, with a commitment to UN values and private sector efficiency.