Increasing Access to Finance for Agribusinesses

Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a five-year initiative of Global Communities to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a planned $50 million loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). AIMS works to build the capacity of small and medium-sized agribusinesses and improve access to markets through enhanced buyer-seller linkages and better market information. It also works to build the capacity of banks in the region to lend to small and medium-sized agribusinesses to develop improved products and establish appropriate risk mitigation techniques under the loan guarantee facility.

Improving Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

DREAMS is a President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) initaitive, in partnership with the Gates Foundation and the Nike Foundation, that aims to help adolescent girls and young women lead Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe lives. Global Communities, in partnership with USAID, implements the DREAMS initiative in the Pumwani Ward of Nairobi, which is one of several countries where the initiative is being implemented. Global Communities and its local partners are working with adolescent girls and young women between 10 and 24 years of age from the Pumwani Ward and the greater community emphasizing healthy sexual behaviors including abstinence and delayed sexual debut; gender norms; prevention of gender-based violence (GBV); life skills; prevention of drug and alcohol abuse; adherence to Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) as applicable; positive attitudes towards people living with HIV; stigma reduction and livelihoods and positive health-seeking behaviors. This is being accomplished using a two-pronged approach  –  blending customized, individual support to adolescent girls and young women, as well as strengthening of education, health, social and economic systems in order to create positive lasting impact on at-risk adolescents and young women and the greater community.

With support from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationGirl EffectJohnson & JohnsonGilead Sciences, and ViiV Healthcare, DREAMS is delivering a core package that combines evidence-based approaches that go beyond the health sector, addressing the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase girls' HIV risk, including poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and lack of education.

Promoting Cooperative Development for Sustainability

Global Communities is implementing Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment (EMIRGE), a cooperative development and learning program funded by the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). EMIRGE focuses on stimulating early-stage cooperation by responding to a member-driven agenda and strengthening social capital and organizational capacity to advance the group enterprise and increase incomes. It provides technical support to community based organizations, government cooperative institutions, donor programs and private sector initiatives. EMIRGE operates in Mongolia, Rwanda and, since January 2016, in Kenya. The field activities are part of a larger Global Cooperative Learning Program that builds on the experiences of cooperative members, private sector stakeholders and program implementers focusing on how cooperatives can impact members, their communities and markets around the world.

In Kenya, EMIRGE focuses on how to effectively leverage the power of collective resource to improve the livelihoods of urban youth. Many youth initiatives require young people to form groups to access services and support. More often than not these this approach fails to result in the viable incomes and outcomes. The EMIRGE initiative involves research on how youth can form effective member owned cooperatives, which will pave the way for collaborative design and implementation of pilot programs.

To learn more, visit the Global Gommunities Kenya website


Conflict Mitigation and Civil Society in Slum Communities

The informal settlements in Nairobi are among the area’s most vulnerable to political and ethnic manipulations. These slums contain some of Kenya’s most at-risk populations due to high unemployment, cramped living spaces, and marginalization from mainstream society. Ethnic divisions within these slums are exacerbated by political and non-political issues such as access to basic services, and religious and cultural differences. The opportunity for conflict is rife, threatening the peace and prosperity promised in the new constitution. Global Communities implemented the USAID-funded Kenya Tuna Uwezo program, which worked to reduce politically-motivated conflict in these settlements. The program strengthened social networks of community members and civil society groups to collaborate productively on community issues and address grievances. Working with partners, PeaceNet and Kituo Cha Sheria, Global Communities engaged residents, especially young people through multiple channels to ensure broad community acceptance and to reduce resistance within and among identity groups. Simultaneously, Global Communities built the capacity of community leaders and groups to work effectively with one another across ethnic lines and developed the technical and organizational capacity of local partners to ensure the sustainability of program activities. Learn more about the Kenya Tuna Uwezo program.

Building Local Capacity to Treat HIV/AIDS

Through a partnership with the Regional Society for Blood Transfusion Kenya (RSBTK), and with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Communities helped strengthen the national blood transfusion system in Kenya. Global Communities worked with the Kenyan National Blood Transfusion Service to ensure a safe and sufficient blood supply and blood products to health facilities in Kenya. Learn more by visiting the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service website

Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability Plus (PRESERV+)

Through the Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability Plus (PRESERV+) project with funding from USAID/OFDA, Global Communities assisted more than 30,000 people by protecting livelihoods through improved access to income and agricultural support. This was accomplished by integrating emergency cash assistance with agricultural inputs and training for affected farmers. Capacity building and training focused on increasing yields by using drought-appropriate planting methods and promoting agriculture-based income generation. PRESERV+ also included cash-for-work to support agricultural production through activities such as the construction of water harvesting systems and other activities that bolster agricultural production.