Global Communities focuses on vulnerable populations throughout the world, most of which live in low-income situations. In communities experiencing extreme poverty we focus on, for example, access to finance, asset building groups, livelihoods development, and nutrition support.
The USAID-supported Ghana RING program takes an integrated approach to poverty reduction, focusing on reducing extreme poverty in northern Ghana through improved livelihoods and nutrition and strengthening of local networks, especially local governments.
We work to provide women and girls with access to resources, employment, and education to reduce inequality and to promote their full participation in their communities.
Global Communities has supported youth in the West Bank in partnership with USAID, helping form Youth Local Councils to engage youth in local governance and democracy. Basha’er Othman has been actively involved in youth empowerment in her community; when she was only 15, she even served as the mayor of her town for two months.
Global Communities now plans to implement this initiative in other countries, beginning in Honduras, to empower youth and girls in leadership.
Global Communities works to develop a healthier quality of life by partnering with communities and local governments to provide water infrastructure, hygiene promotion, and knowledge to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
The USAID-supported PACS program in Liberia promotes sanitation and hygiene through training, expanding access to latrines, and establishing water points built with local materials. The program has successfully assisted communities in Liberia become open-defecation-free, substantially improving their sanitation and overall level of health.
Global Communities began as the Cooperative Housing Foundation, bringing communities together in the construction of housing. Today we continue to use our expertise to support projects that are developed through participatory decision-making based on community priorities.
Partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ghana IncluCity program helped provide innovative solutions to urban management and slum upgrading, including using mapping and street naming to assist city planning and governance, as well as encouraging participation by marginalized populations such as women.
Global Communities strives to provide women, young people, the disabled, and other marginalized groups with access to resources, employment, and education to reduce inequality and to promote their full participation in their community. This is at the core of what we do through our Participatory Action for Community Enhancement methodology.
In Nicaragua, the USAID-supported Local Governance Program targets disenfranchised communities of Afro-descendent and indigenous groups along the country’s Atlantic coast. Global Communities increases their capacity to engage with local governments to enhance service delivery and citizen participation, from training journalists to promoting budget transparency.
Our work in urban management focuses on partnering with local government, promoting citizen participation, and working with community stakeholders to adopt inclusive, long-term approaches to tackling issues stemming from poverty, urbanization, and climate change.
Since the 2010 earthquake, Global Communities has been a leader in community-based redevelopment in Haiti: highlights include the American Red Cross-funded LAMIKA, a neighborhood reconstruction program built on community participation; USAID-supported Canaan, which focuses on building equitable, sustainable, resilient urban neighborhood infrastructure; and the World Bank/Government of Haiti-supported PREKAD, which targeted reconstruction for disadvantaged, compact urban centers, rubble removal, and multi-family housing.
The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the “Global Goals,” were adopted by UN Member States in September 2015 as part of a new sustainable development agenda toward helping all countries reduce poverty, tackle climate change and build resilient, inclusive communities worldwide. Global Communities is committed to helping achieve these 17 Global Goals. This section of our report summarizes the Global Goals and gives examples of how we are helping to achieve each of them.
Our aim is to strengthen local institutions to provide better care that prevents and treats illness and to help communities access that care.
The DREAMS program in Kenya, supported by USAID, targets at-risk students through peer-to-peer and other education-based prevention activities to help promote healthy decisions and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
Global Communities’ workforce-development approach is demand-driven, focusing on market-led employment opportunities and entrepreneurship. We work with the private sector to customize technical training programs, provide soft skills and entrepreneurship training, and place trained youth in internships and apprenticeships for on-the-job learning and skills development.
The MENA YES program, working in Jordan, Lebanon, and Yemen, provides vocational training, entrepreneurship promotion, and job placement for low-income and at-risk youth, with a curriculum that has been designed with input from business sectors that have a need for skilled employees.
To help alleviate hunger, we work with small-scale farmers in rural and urban environments to improve their production and incomes and facilitate access to markets and financial services.
In Rwanda, the USAID-supported Ejo Heza program trains low-income households in agricultural practices, kitchen gardening, literacy and financial literacy, and partners with financial services like cooperative savings groups to help improve agricultural yields and overall nutrition.
We promote development practices that enable communities to more efficiently manage natural resources, including those affected by climate change.
In Honduras, the USAID Development Innovation Ventures-supported Cosecha project is providing a rigorous study on the environmental and economic impact of reservoir water harvesting for irrigation systems to better understand how the process can be used to help develop more sustainable farming.
Global Communities works to develop participatory and inclusive programs in every aspect of our work. This is especially true in areas dealing with conflict where participatory decision-making is of paramount importance to promote peace.
In the USAID-supported Kenya Tuna Uwezo program, Global Communities brings together conflicting communities from different ethnic or religious groups in peacebuilding forums, and informs disenfranchised slum residents of their rights under the Kenyan Constitution, allowing them to more successfully organize and peacefully engage with the political system.
To achieve growth and development of livelihoods around the world, Global Communities encourages the development of micro, small and medium-size enterprises through entrepreneurship training, access to finance, market linkages, and technical capacity development. We create linkages with the private sector through these activities whenever possible.
Global Communities is majority owner of the Vitas Group, a commercial holding company created to provide responsible micro, small and medium enterprise finance to those underserved by traditional sources of capital. Global Communities also supports SME development and entrepreneurship promotion either directly or through Loan Guarantee Facilities in partnership with commercial banks that promote business development and economic growth by expanding access to credit to underserved sectors, from small businesses to women-owned enterprises.
Global Communities promotes development practices that enable communities to use clean energy sources such as solar energy and energy generated from solid waste.
Through the Jordan Loan Guarantee Facility, supported by OPIC and USAID, and in partnership with local banks, solar and other alternative energy entrepreneurs are receiving loans that previously would have been unavailable, helping to expand their businesses and demonstrate the viability of the clean energy business.
At Global Communities we are Partners for Good. In every community where we work, partnership is at the heart of what we do and how we do it.
All Global Communities programs have partnership at their core, whether with government, civil society, or the private sector and always with communities themselves. Most bring many entities together in a multi-stakeholder approach. Global Communities especially implements significant private-public partnerships of note. Read more here.
Global Communities promotes development practices that enable communities both to increase environmental sustainability and to adapt to the risks associated with a changing climate.
The Trash to Treasure program in Bangalore, India, is helping the city create a decentralized recycling and waste collections system, complete with centers for turning solid waste into energy. The program also helps create formal jobs for the city’s informal trash pickers.
This is not an area where Global Communities is currently working.
Global Communities believes that the success of its programs hinges on using locally-sourced resources. Not only does this ensure the sustainability of our programs, but it keeps local markets and environments intact.
In both the World Food Programme’s West Bank program and the USAID Food for Peace-supported YFAD program in Yemen, e-vouchers are used to help provide food assistance for individuals using locally sourced food.
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