May 01, 2019
In Egypt, women entrepreneurs are often overlooked for funding by financial institutions in a male-dominated business world. Ensuring these women have access to financial skills and loan opportunities is a priority of CHF Management and Consulting Services Egypt SAE, which is Global Communities’ development finance consultancy in Egypt. In order to achieve this priority, the group holds a number of workshops targeting women who own businesses or are interested in doing so. On April 15-16, 2019, CHF Egypt, in collaboration with women’s empowerment group, Confessions of a Married Woman, held one of these capacity training initiative for women in business. The free-of-charge workshop was held at the Degla Campus co-working... Read more
Jul 24, 2018
DREAMS Partnership Finalist for 2018 P3 Impact Award Originally posted on US Department of State website Finalists for the 2018 P3 Impact Award were announced today by the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society and Concordia. The Award recognizes exemplary public-private partnerships (P3s) that provide solutions to pressing issues in... Read more
Jan 06, 2018
Beginning in 2003, Global Communities partnered with India’s local governments, national ministries, corporations and hundreds of communities across the country to design and implement programs to reduce poverty and empower communities to sustain positive change. Global Communities’ programs help stakeholders create more-inclusive growth by not only improving infrastructure and access to basic services, but also livelihoods and overall empowerment. The outcomes of our programs include: new and improved housing, increased access to sanitation and water, better solid waste management, new vocational skills for livelihoods and employment, and improved access to financial services and social welfare programs. PAST PROGRAMS With support from the John Deere Foundation, Global... Read more
Dec 19, 2017
Bringing Education Closer to Home Nicaraguan Youth Creating New Educational Opportunities
“Contributing to the welfare of our community.” The Youth Commission of Muelle de los Bueyes has brought young people together to address issues important to them including expanding educational opportunities. Muelle de los Bueyes is like the Texas of Nicaragua — not only is it the heart of Nicaraguan cattle country, but also because the communities there are known for their strong sense of tradition and conservative values. Muelle de los Bueyes literally translates to the “wharf of the oxen,” a confusing name since it is nowhere near the coast. The wharf actually refers to a boat dock on the Mico River which runs through the municipality. Generations ago, Muelle de los Bueyes was a bustling... Read more
Feb 23, 2017
Booklet: My Home as a Safe Space / Mi Casa Como Espacio Seguro The Knowledge and Risk Reduction Program, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, helped families to ensure their homes are safe places in the event of a natural disaster, such as floods and mudslides. The program was implemented in Medellin, Colombia. One aspect was the "Mi Casa Como Espacio Seguro" campaign “My home as a safe space,” which equipped families with a helpful booklet full of information and practices for ensuring their homes are resilient. The booklet was complemented by a poster designed for display in a home, which shows how many steps toward safety each home has taken.... Read more
Feb 07, 2017
Global Communities in Lebanon: Education and Employment of Youth MENA YES: Youth Employment and Education in Lebanon The unemployment rate in Lebanon increased from of 11 to 20 percent during the course of 2014, according to the World Bank. The Lebanese Ministry of Labor put this figure at closer to 25 percent, with youth unemployment at about 36 percent. Not surprisingly, unemployment and competition for jobs is among the greatest sources of conflict between Lebanese and Syrian youth. Global Communities implemented the MENA Youth Empowerment Strategy (YES) in Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen. The program, which was funded by the Caterpillar Foundation, addressed youth unemployment among 15- to 29- year olds. Global Communities engaged employers and vocational training... Read more
Dec 15, 2016
The new Global Fund grant will allocate $15.2 million to STI and HIV prevention programs in key populations and prioritized populations, as well as provide care and services for people living with HIV. The strategies to be implemented are: I. Reach key prioritized populations through prevention programs or delivery of the defined package of services.
The key populations are: Men who have sex with men (MSM) Transgender people Female sex workers Prioritized or Vulnerable Populations: Garífunas Prisoners The defined package of services consists of a face-to-face communication strategy as well as defined materials and services such as:  Information on STIs and HIV Delivery of condoms Delivery of educational material Promotion of HIV testing... Read more
Dec 08, 2016
Preparing Brazilian Youth for Community Leadership Global Communities is implementing the Sowing Futures in partnership with the John Deere Foundation to build the capacity of communities and local institutions to prioritize needs and mobilize resources that improve socio-economic conditions, particularly for at-risk youth in Horizontina, Brazil. This video shows how the program works with community members to form community development committees and help develop their capacities as community leaders. Sowing Futures staff designed a 40-hour course that provides knowledge and skills training in participatory community development, community facilitation, community development planning, stakeholder engagement and project development. So far, they have offered three courses, with the... Read more
Nov 09, 2016
Video: Social Entrepreneurship Conference in Moline A new social entrepreneurship series by Western Illinois University took a closer look at the ongoing revitalization efforts in Moline's Floreciente neighborhood. Global Communities is implementing the Flourishing Communities program, funded by the John Deere Foundation, in Floreciente and engaging residents to reinvigorate the  neighborhood and improve the quality of life. The panel discussion was open to the WIU campus community and the public and included Annisa Wanat, project director from Global Communities. The series offered a platform for projects such as Floreciente's revitalization efforts to raise awareness with WIU's students, faculty and staff as well as the community and to inspire young entrepreneurs to... Read more
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