Grassroots Capacity Building

Jul 18, 2012
Ravine Pintade: Building Back "Better" in Haiti Claudia Marcelus, a resident of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince, describes life before and after her neighborhood was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Haphazard construction, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, no street lighting, reoccurring flooding, sewage problems and fear of fires, characterized life in Ravine Pintade before the earthquake. Through the Katye project funded by USAID, CHF International, PCI and the residents of Ravine Pintade were able to build back better. Katye, which means "neighborhood" in Creole, was based on a comprehensive and integrated planning process that involved experts, like architects and engineers, but also relied heavily on the participation of residents in the planning and decision-making... Read more
Nov 21, 2019
In Ukraine, the USAID DOBRE program, implemented by Global Communities, ran the Third Annual “Strategic Development and Investment” Conference (November 20-21, 2019) for DOBRE partner consolidated communities and multiple stakeholders respectively. Over 400 representatives attended from DOBRE partner consolidated communities, USAID, the national government of Ukraine (including the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development and the Ministry of Digital Transformation), DOBRE partners from Malopolska School of Public Administration at the Krakow University of Economics (Poland), the Ukraine Crisis Media Center, and experts from international technical assistance projects. The Conference was a platform for dialogue, establishing new partnerships, sharing and best practices lessons... Read more
Sep 03, 2019

Global Communities CEO David Weiss of Silver Spring, Md. and Steve Beard, Moline Global Communities director, are in front of the office in the Floreciente neighborhood in Moline. Photo: John Schultz, jschultz@qctimes.com By Jim Menan This article was originally published in the Muscatine Journal. MOLINE — There was much to celebrate for Flourishing Communities. But the bigger question Friday night at The Seed, Sprout and Flourish event at Mercado on Fifth on 12th Street and Fifth Avenue Moline is “should, Flourishing Communities be making future plans?” That answer won’t come until... Read more
Jul 08, 2019
Pias Sandrakumar, a 26-year-old fisherman from the resettled village of Ilawalai North West in Jaffna in the conflict-affected North of Sri Lanka, used to worry when he would take his boat out in case of technical problems. Now, however, he is able to go out to sea for fishing with less worry now that he has better knowledge of engine repairs. Through the USAID-funded Social Cohesion and Reconciliation (SCORE) program, Global Communities is working with the Government of Sri Lanka and local civil society organizations to address underlying challenges to reconciliation. The program works by promoting a shared and inclusive Sri Lankan identity, reducing socio-economic disparities, and strengthening cohesion and resilience among multi-ethnic and multi-religious communities.  Tamils from this... Read more
Oct 18, 2018
Mobilizing Youth and Volunteers to Transform a Local High School Students and John Deere volunteers work together to improve educational environment at A.J. Renner school
The new covered walkway, made possible by a $10,000 grant from the John Deere Foundation, allows students to access the renovated gymnasium during inclement weather. Felipe Batista Miranda is one of 542 students of A.J. Renner High School, located in the city of Montenegro in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. When Felipe first started attending high school three years ago, the physical infrastructure and the conditions of the school were not so good. The school’s courtyard and recreational facilities had not been maintained for some time--the gymnasium had broken windows where cold wind and... Read more
Aug 31, 2018
Oksana Kryvoruchko—Inspiring Young Ukrainians to Civic Engagement Youth radio station lets local voices be heard as students gain skills
Oksana Kryvoruchko, founder of the Slobozhanska youth radio station, operates radio equipment provided by the USAID DOBRE activity. Oksana Kryvoruchko, a young activist in Ukraine, mobilized young people in her community for what she believed to be a good cause — opening a youth radio station to serve as a new media resource for residents while also teaching high school students journalistic skills. But her original idea has progressed into something far more extensive. Kryvoruchko, the youngest government employee in Slobozhanska, a community in... Read more
Aug 31, 2018
Durreyeh Neqdeli — Committed to Serving Her New Community Young refugee helps bridge the gap between Syrians and Jordanians through community service
Durreyeh (on left) is the first Syrian member of the Community Enhancement Team in her small community in Jordan. Durreyeh Neqdeli is only 25 years old, but she has already experienced a lot. Five years ago her family made the difficult decision to leave their home in Syria and move the family to the safety of Jordan. With her parents and four siblings, the Neqdelis found refuge in No’aimeh, a small community in Irbid City. They arrived with nothing, but full of hope for a fresh start. Syrian families often face social, psychological and economic challenges as they work to rebuild their lives. The transition was challenging for... Read more
Jun 22, 2018
Jerume — Advocate and Social Activist for LGBTI Rights in Nicaragua
Jerume is a social activist and sociology student at the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean. Although only 22 years old, Jerume Peter Terrero Collins has been active in local organizations and social causes for more than a decade. Since he was 11, Jerume has been involved in local youth organizations in his hometown of Bilwi on Nicaragua’s northern Caribbean coast. Now as a young man and a fourth-year student of sociology at the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean (URACCAN), he describes himself as a social activist and warrior for those who are marginalized in his community. Jerume is interested in a number of issues affecting his community from the discrimination experienced by... Read more
Mar 23, 2018
Community-Driven Development Methods for South Sudan: Key Findings and Recommendations The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. The CDD approach is inclusive, ensuring representation of all community segments; transparent coordination with local leaders; targeted outreach to women; gender sensitization across the community to promote women’s voices in decision-making; strategic communication and grievance redress mechanisms throughout project... Read more
Mar 12, 2018
PROPEL-South Sudan End-Line Report Executive Summary Applying Community-Driven Development to Strengthen Resilience in a Conflict Setting: Lessons from South Sudan Executive Summary
The USAID Promoting Resilience through Ongoing Participatory Engagement and Learning (PROPEL) program was designed to foster social cohesion and resilience in targeted communities in Jonglei, Lakes, and Eastern and Central Equatoria states in South Sudan through a Community-Driven Development (CDD) approach. PROPEL provided material improvements in the lives of community members and at the same time strengthened the communities’ capacity to drive their... Read more
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