Civil Society & Capacity Development

Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
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
Mar 04, 2021
"Proud to increase educational opportunities and support COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka" – Ambassador Teplitz By Kathya de Silva Senarath US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina Teplitz, with US Embassy delegates, visited the North of Sri Lanka on February 23 and 24, 2021 to oversee the Social Cohesion and Reconciliation Activity (SCORE) programs, funded by USAID and implemented by Global Communities. She expressed appreciation of the project and said  that the US is ”proud’ to connect students across the island and support Sri Lanka’s response to COVID-19”. During the visit, Ambassador Teplitz ceremonially inaugurated the Virtual Classroom project at Poonthodam Maha Vidyalayam in Vavuniya, which has mostly Tamil students and a few  Muslim students, to link with Sinhala, Tamil and... Read more
Dec 23, 2020
On December 22, the USAID Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency (DOBRE) program, in partnership with the Ministry of Communities and Territorial Development of Ukraine announced the joining of 25 new consolidated communities (CCs) from Zaporizhzhia, Chernihiv and Chernivtsi Oblasts to the program. Based on the results of the highly competitive contest, DOBRE selected five CCs from Zaporizhzhia Oblast: Veselivska, Huliapilska, Komysh-Zoryanska, Polohivska, Shyrokivska; 10 CCs from Chernihiv Oblast: Koropska, Koryukivska, Losynivska, Lyubetska, Menska, Nizhynska, Novhorod-Siverska, Snovska, Sosnytska, Tupychivska; and 10 CCs from Chernivtsi Oblast: Velykokuchurivska, Vyzhnytska, Hlybotska, Klishkovetska, Mamalyhivska, Nedoboivska, Novoselytska, Rukshynska, Ust-Putylska,... Read more
Sep 10, 2020
In Ukraine for quite some time, activities have been carried out aimed at improving legislation provision for medium-term budget planning at the state and local levels. The process has accelerated since Ukraine signed the EU Association Agreement. According to the Agreement, cooperation in terms of improvement of medium-term budget planning system lies in, first, in learning the EU member states projection practices in order to form most realistic budget forecasts. The reason for medium-term budget planning system development within the EU was in the understanding that a budget process surpasses the budget compilation and execution framework during one year. Ukraine has partially implemented the mechanisms for medium-term budgeting at the state level. However, at the local level, in... Read more
Sep 09, 2020
In the process of decentralization reform in Ukraine, small communities increasingly felt they should be treated not as provinces of big cities, but as strong and capable communities one would like to live in, and develop their own talents and plans, as various spheres started to evolve. In addition, time came to concentrate attention on local members: their daily successes and needs. According to Ilona Kozar, mediacenter manager, “local community mediacenters should actively perform this role, to keep everyone informed about life in the community, allow active residents to convene, to make theme events and discuss business presentations. Moreover, local media people would have access to space premises to cooperate, to write, to make photos, to shoot videos, to share information about... Read more
Aug 28, 2020
Anti-corruption and decentralization reforms have become key priorities in the Ukrainian program of new reforms, which are important in the country's path to European integration. A poll conducted in 2019 by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation together with the Razumkov Center's sociological service  showed that 62% of the population believe the anti-corruption reform is a priority, and is considered even more important than medical or social reforms. The anti-corruption reform is especially important for the consolidated communities (CCs) established as part of decentralization reform.  Newly established CCs have received more... Read more
Aug 14, 2020
In December 2019, new legislation on renting state and communal property came into force in Ukraine, which significantly altered the approaches to asset management. The situation became complicated by the fact that since mid-June, procedures for the abovementioned policy had not been adopted. With the new national order, the number of related questions was rising, as its procedure was too wide. The end users came across many issues on how to carry out communal property rental capabilities — for the transitional period, prior to electronic trade system launch. The frequent questions at the local level touched upon the possibility to extend the leasing established within the previously adopted policies and under the requirements of the effective legislation. USAID-funded “Decentralization... Read more
Aug 13, 2020
Eman Mohammed, a 31-year-old Yemeni woman who is the sole breadwinner in her family, works, studies, takes care of her elderly parents and her brother who has a disability, and fulfills societal roles expected of her. Eman is one of the two female members in a nine-member Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) in Aden’s Ibn Albasir community. She plays an instrumental role in engaging female community members and ensuring that their issues are addressed in the committee.  “It was the hardest time in my life, to work, study, and take care of my elderly parents. But understanding my role as a CEC member under PACE (the Participatory Action for Community Enhancement model) and seeing how transparent the whole process was, I had to reach out to female community members because I was going... Read more
Jul 30, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought growing challenges to communities around the world. Many vulnerable communities and citizens are stuck in a state of social isolation and economic crisis. Even though that is the reality in many communities, in Granadero Baigorria, Argentina, where the John Deere Foundation-funded Sowing Futures program operates, a group of people did not let fear and insecurity paralyze them;  in the face of a serious food crisis in the country, they mobilized to help the most vulnerable to cope during the pandemic. Paula Papaleo is an example of this proactive response. She is on the board of directors of the San Fernando neighborhood soccer school, which has always provided milk and cookies to youth who participate in school activities. With the arrival of the pandemic... Read more
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