Danny Glover is supporting Shared Interest’s microfinance work in Southern Africa, and is on the Host Committee of the company’s 18th Annual Awards Dinner.

Shared Interest, a New York-based social investment fund, will honor Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan, South African Minister of Finance, for advancing South Africa’s economic development at its 18th Anniversary Awards Dinner on April 23 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Merck (known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada) will receive the Corporate Award for its commitment to building healthy communities in Africa. Karen and Phillip Berry, longtime supporters of Shared Interest, will be recognized for forging partnerships to expand opportunity in South Africa.

At the black-tie awards dinner, Shared Interest will celebrate the launch the Next Generation Campaign, which aims to expand access to capital and capacity development to South Africa’s marginalized communities and enterprises and other Southern African countries.

The evening performance will feature Somi, a soulful world music singer whose songs are riding high on South Africa’s music charts. This year’s major corporate sponsors are BET International, Destination Southern Africa, Deutsche Bank, The Nielsen Company, Prudential, Rabin Martin, South African Airways, South African Tourism, Trillium Asset Management LLC, Standard Bank and Walden Asset Management.

Shared Interest’s mission is to mobilize the resources for Southern Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build equitable nations. Since Shared Interest began in 1994, its loan guarantees and technical support have benefited more than two million black South Africans – the majority of them women. Shared Interest has never lost a cent of its investors’ interest or principal.

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