Economic Development

Jul 15, 2021
In April 2020, Global Communities announced our merger with global development organization Project Concern International (PCI). We’re happy to share successes from both our organizations in our joint 2020 Annual Report. Drawing from decades of experience combating epidemics and communicable diseases, learn how our global program teams met the challenges of COVID-19 with ingenuity, skill and compassion, helping families in conflict zones and hard-hit communities around the world continue to access critical health information, food and other services. And, hear more from our leadership as we begin a new and exciting journey as a unified organization working to build a more just, prosperous and... Read more
Jun 16, 2021
Global Communities envisions a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity. As the lead implementing agency for the USAID Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), we are working closely with artisanal gold supply chain actors, international and local civil society organizations, and the Government of DRC to address the worst forms of child labor in artisanal gold mining operations in many parts of eastern DRC. Guided by international human and labor rights frameworks and policies, as well as the Constitution and the Mining and Labor codes of the DRC where child labor is explicitly prohibited, we are actively working to combat the Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in DRC in the following ways: ... Read more
May 10, 2021
By Ashley Holst, Technical Specialist, Cooperatives & Inclusive Business at Global Communities The USAID Cooperative Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy and Research program (CLEAR) has launched two new animated educational videos! One of CLEAR’s primary goals is to raise awareness about the worker and housing cooperative models so more people can understand their inclusion-oriented benefits. Global Communities and USAID have long promoted cooperative businesses and housing as successful ways to create meaningful employment, strengthen local economies, and enhance social capital. Agriculture-based producer cooperatives are by far the most well-known form of cooperative, especially in international development, but CLEAR focuses on worker and housing cooperatives for their unique... Read more
Apr 19, 2021
On April 14, 2021, the USAID Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project co-hosted a virtual event with the Black in Jewelry Coalition to facilitate conversations between Black women working across the jewelry supply chain: mine to market. Titled “Sister to Sister”, the event connected women working on the front lines in the mining industry in DRC, with jewelry buyers and designers in West Africa, Europe, and the US to share information with each other about their respective business/livelihood opportunities and challenges. The event was moderated by BIJC members, Lotanna Amina Egwatu, Creative Director and Principal at Mina Stones and Patricia Mweene, Founder and Creative Director, INONGE ZITA Jewellery/ Gemstone Value Chain Specialist.  Fellow panelists included... Read more
Apr 15, 2021
A lifechanging Facebook post enables female youth to empower women to become financially independent Rama Rababah, 24 year, resides in Zarqa, northeast of the Capital. With a Bachelor’s degree in Counselling and Mental Health from the Hashemite University, Rama’s first encounter with volunteerism took place during her first field semester in college. Following her volunteering in several civil society organizations, local centers and youth initiatives, Rama felt inspired to design her own initiative to become financially independent. However, once the costs exceeded her capacity, Rama started looking for youth-oriented funding, which eventually brought her to the USAID YouthPower Facebook Group. After joining the group and mostly being a silent member in it, she decided to post about her... Read more
Mar 26, 2021
2020 left the jewelry sector shaken. The economic impacts of COVID-19 left many jewelers struggling to rebuild sales. As consumer demand for jewelry fell, the cost of gold peaked. At the same time, the moral and ethical issues raised by Black Lives Matter also trickled down to the sector. Several jewelers made the link between tackling systemic injustices and using supply chains which include artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold to support livelihoods of Black miners in regions such as eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC); and interest in ASM gold increased. Yet even though there is a desire to buy ASM gold, USAID’s Zahabu Safi (Clean Gold) Project heard first-hand how jewellers are constrained by commercial, practical, logistical and compliance barriers—often beyond... Read more
Mar 26, 2021
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” (Clean Gold), is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project aims to establish a responsible, commercially viable and conflict-free ASM gold supply chain from eastern DRC. A key objective for achieving the project’s vision is to increase demand for and co-investment in responsibly sourced ASM gold from eastern DRC. The European and North American jewelry markets were identified as key potential buyers of gold from the region. In 2019 and 2020, Levin Sources conducted a gold market... Read more
Mar 25, 2021
By Kabanda Chulu From Business News, Zambia Daily Mail, March 15 2021 The United States (US) government is committed to promoting increased trade and investment between that country and Zambia and will ensure that Zambian businesses have access to US markets, US Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires David Young has said. Mr Young said activities will include expanding opportunities for US investors and businesses in Zambia. In response to a press query, Mr Young said trade with the US, including through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), has helped Zambian companies to create and sustain jobs that support economic growth and development. In 2019, two-way trade totaled more than K3.6 billion (US$ 182 million). In fact, Zambian exports to the United States have grown by 0.74 percent over... Read more
Mar 18, 2021
By Elissa McCarter LaBorde, Vice President, Development Finance, Global Communities This article was originally published by The Business of Business Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  My five-year old son Remy has a classic answer for many little boys: He is adamant that he wants to be a firefighter. This is perhaps on me, since I introduced him to Fireman Sam to keep him occupied during my work calls. It’s too early to talk to him about occupational safety, injury risks and long-term earnings and savings. But thinking about his future makes me wonder, what will a secure job look like moving forward?  A new... Read more
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