Helping people to mobilize and form the alliances and organizational structures they need to voice their opinions, promote change and realize their full potential is at the heart of Global Communities' work. Developing a democratic and responsive civil society informs every aspect of our operations.
Global Communities' PACE Methodology offers a structured process for strengthening the ability of local communities to work together to map their assets and strengths, identify priority needs through participatory democratic practices and mobilize resources to complete community projects. This process typically results in elected community councils that guide the implementation of projects, support the maintenance of the completed projects and work in partnership with local government.
From the slums of India’s largest cities to rural communities in Rwanda, Global Communities' has found that lasting change comes when citizens work together to influence policy. We help our partners to develop advocacy strategies and campaigns, harness the power of technology and form the networks and coalitions they need to be effective.
Global Communities' works with the staff of local partners to evaluate their organization’s performance in the most critical areas and to identify the best practices needed to ensure internally driven change. After the self-evaluation, the partner works with Global Communities to develop an action plan for improvements. Global Communities then delivers the training in whatever way will be most effective for their needs. Finally, the partner organization re-evaluates themselves at the end of the program to measure changes in their institutional development. Global Communities' collaborative approach at every step of the partnership builds trust and cultivates our partners’ commitment to change for long-term impact.
Global Communities often works in communities that have been torn apart by conflict. To rebuild trust and confidence, Global Communities works with local partners to understand the causes of instability and to find ways to reduce the likelihood of violence, lessen the impact of ongoing conflict, and reduce incentives to return to violence during post-conflict reconstruction. Our approach is sensitive to the needs of those who are particularly vulnerable – women and children, the disabled and the displaced.