Global Communities is working in Nicaragua through the USAID-funded Local Governance Program to strengthen citizen participation and the capacity of civil society organizations to engage and influence key decision makers in order to improve local governance and development. This is being accomplished under a three-pronged approach which focuses on promoting citizen participation, building the capacity civil society organizations and increasing fiscal transparency in the municipal budgeting process. Additional components include capacity building of NGOs who support persons with disabilities and strengthening of climate change activities through awareness and a human rights-based approach.
With support from the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the program aims to raise awareness, prevent and protect against trafficking in persons (TIP) in the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, particularly in Bluefields, Bilwi and Waspam and build capacity with a focus on anti-TIP efforts with local NGOs, developing victim identification systems and immediate victim’s assistance services within local NGOs and alliances.
Global Communities rehabilitated and expanded the Medical Supplies Warehouse of the Dr. Ernesto Sequeira Blanco Regional Training Hospital in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Activities included rehabilitation and expansion of the existing facility, provision of furniture, upgtaded flooring and temperature and humidity control equipment as well as training on proper storage. The project improved storage conditions of medical supplies and medicine that supports a population of close to 150,000 people.