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
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
Jul 10, 2020
A message from Global Communities President and CEO, David A. Weiss: This past year has seen increasingly complex challenges around the world, but the capacities and expertise of Global Communities mean we have a vital role to play in meeting exactly these challenges. Every day, our innovative, dedicated staff works side by side with vulnerable communities and underserved populations, strengthening resilience and bolstering recovery. Global Communities’ programs and projects promote social cohesion and community empowerment across a diverse range of sectors and geographies. Each challenge may be different, but we bring just the right combination of technical expertise and... Read more
Jul 09, 2020
Over the past several months, the Global Communities’ Sowing Futures team in Brazil has supported the John Deere Brazil Foundation in delivering 3,836 food baskets to 1,953 families in need to John Deere home communities across Indaiatuba, Campinas, Catalão, Montenegro and Campinas. The amount of baskets delivered equates to approximate 102,000 pounds of food items. Seventy-one Deere volunteers and 201 community volunteers participated in identifying at-risk families and organizing and delivering the foods baskets. A total of 267.8 Deere and 1052 community volunteer hours were registered. The food baskets were distributed through a combination of neighborhood committees and community organizations that reached 62 neighborhoods across the five locations. The team has also worked in the... Read more
Jul 09, 2020
Stanislavska village community was established in 2017, consolidating two councils – Stanislavska and Shirokobalkivska, where community residents totaled 7,130.  In Stanislavska consolidated community (CC), there are powerful nature-inspired, cultural and historic capacities. Due to its location along the estuary and being close to two Oblast level cities (Kherson and Mykolayiv), this geographic feature brings the CC the potential to develop agricultural, green, active (walking, water and biking), gastronomic and wedding tourism. Efficient utilization of such critical advantages are critical mechanisms for successful and sustainable community development. With this in mind, and with assistance from the USAID “Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency” program, the CC... Read more
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