Public-Private Partnerships

Feb 25, 2019
Democratic Republic of Congo Global Communities is currently implementing an artisanal mining initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program is being implemented in partnership with Levin Sources, a UK-based consultancy and social venture group that has been at the forefront of responsible mining and sourcing for more than nine years; we will also collaborate closely with Chambers Federation, an impact investment firm that brings unique expertise in issues surrounding the export of responsibly sourced minerals from the DRC. The goal of the project, known as CVCFG – Commercially viable Conflict Free Gold – is to establish a conflict-free artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply chain originating from eastern Democratic Republic of... Read more
Sep 26, 2018
Rwanda: Collaboration with Public and Private Sector in Promoting Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services
Cutting the ribbon from left to right: Tona Isibo – Global Communities’ representative, Beatrice Umwiza, IM Representative, Innocent Benineza, DUHAMIC Executive Secretary,DUHAMIC – ADRI. On Thursday August 2, 2018, USAID Twiyubake in collaboration with Huye district inaugurated the community owned Igihozo early childhood development center newly refurbished through a Rwf 1,000,000 sponsorship donated by I&M Bank through USAID Twiyubake. The donation was part of I&M Bank’s corporate social responsibility efforts to improve communities in Rwanda. The inauguration ceremony was attended by representatives of the district, I&M Bank and USAID Twiyubake team (Global... Read more
Mar 13, 2018
Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Ghana How one program is changing incentives to help women enter non-traditional occupations By Karla Yoder, Economic Development and Workforce Technical Specialist for Global Communities  |  This article first appeared in Medium.
Ruth Medufia at her training site. Ruth Medufia is a trailblazer. The 24-year-old from Sekondi-Takoradi had always hoped to get a steady job and support her family, a dream shared by many other youth in Ghana. What makes her unique though, especially for a young woman, is her interest in welding. Ever since she was a child, Ruth had wanted to learn how to weld, and thanks to the YIEDIE project, she has made that... Read more
Mar 06, 2018
  Community-driven Development for More Resilient Communities Funded by USAID, the Promoting Resiliency through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program employed a locally-driven, learning-focused approach to work with communities in South Sudan and help them identify, prioritize and implement projects to improve local resiliency. Through the program, Global Communities is used its Participatory Action for Community Enhancement (PACE) methodology to engage 54 communities through a process of community-driven development and associated assessments to determine needs and solutions for their most pressing development challenges. By promoting inclusive community-driven development tailored to the unique needs of diverse... 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 13, 2017
The Vital Role of Business in Global Development Removing all barriers to mutually beneficial partnerships is smart business and good for our communities. By David A. Weiss, President & CEO for Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared on UPS Latitudes. "Many forward-looking companies have integrated CSR into corporate strategy and business operations." The challenges for businesses looking to invest in emerging economies are the same challenges for communities themselves: good governance and transparency, a strong, business-enabling environment, market accessibility and, of course, peace and stability. As a global development organization, Global Communities is... Read more
Oct 12, 2017
Enterprising Africa: Where Strong Systems Boost Business By David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post.  This year in Tanzania, a business-to-business forum brought together nine buyers and processors, 15 sellers of non-refined sunflower oil and oil seeds, and 14 representatives from two agricultural cooperatives. This forum resulted in 10 sales agreements worth $31.5 million. This was one of six such forums; in total they yielded deals worth $105 million. These are the kinds of businesses in emerging markets that are making a huge difference in the lives of thousands of people. They are wealth-creating and employment-generating, in this case... Read more
May 17, 2017
The Key to Agricultural Financing: Unlocking Lending in East Africa  Across Africa, agriculture comprises a nominal percentage of the banking sector’s loan portfolio compared to its share of the gross domestic product. This asymmetry is largely due to perceived risks of agribusiness finance. While a number of banks are starting to realize that agribusiness can be a viable sector, wider-scale lending has been stymied by limited understanding of the dynamics of agriculture within the banking sector. To help banks better serve the agribusiness sector, Global Communities, through its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program, worked with the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) and Financial... Read more
Mar 27, 2017
Youth, Purpose and Prosperity: Security in the Middle East This is Sa’ed Murad. He is a Jordanian who, not long ago, was one of the young people who make up the 29% youth unemployment statistic in that country. Today, however, he is a successful app developer. He is one of 73 youth who, through the MENA-YES program in Jordan, learned how to develop apps for the Android platform. The Arabic language app market is a great untapped market; there are few apps produced in that language and a huge population across the Middle East and around the world with the Arab diaspora. When Sa’ed first applied to join Global Communities’ Caterpillar Foundation-supported MENA-YES program, he had to borrow money to be able to afford to come to class. Initially he learned how to... Read more
Mar 09, 2017
Economic Development Factsheet Global Communities’ economic development programs aim to catalyze sustainable and inclusive economic growth by strengthening the capacity and integration of economic actors to effectively pursue market-based opportunities. Our programs increase incomes and support local economies through assisting in the development of micro, small and medium-size enterprises; strengthening household resiliency; fostering private sector-driven workforce development; creating expanded access to financial services; and supporting local governments in creating business enabling environments—being especially mindful of the needs of youth, women and marginalized groups. We use a systems-based approach that... Read more
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