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 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
Jul 06, 2020
Co-authors: Olena Paseka, press secretary at Information and Public Relations Department at Lanivtsi City Council; Yuri Matevoshchuk, director at the Yelovytsky Culture Center Despite encouraging youth to be proactive, come up with ideas and initiate critical decisions in a community, it can be much easier said than done. In practice, young people do not always have the support and tools to make the first step. That is why, to bring about more efficient youth policy implementation in communities, local governance became involved in Lanivtsi consolidated community (CC). Background   Lanivtsi town CC of Lanivtsi Rayon in Ternopil Oblast was established on December 1, 2017. It soon consolidated with one town and four village councils, made up of  10 constituent communities:... Read more
Jun 30, 2020
USAID DOBRE, which is implemented by Global Communities, has provided excavators to several CCs in Ukraine as part of its service delivery improvement projects, which proved very useful when a recent hurricane caused major damage in DOBRE partner CCs Biloberizka and Pyadytska including flooding, fallen trees, roads covered with stones and debris, all of which damaged livelihoods. In... Read more
Jun 30, 2020
Co-Authors: Liudmyla Pogribna, Local Council Secretary at Muzykivska CC; Ashley Bravo Garcia, CD PCV, Peace Corps Ukraine; SocialBoost and the National Democratic Institute, USAID DOBRE partners.  The Muzykivska community, which was established in 2016, later consolidated with Skhidnenska village, when community residents started exploring ideas for a new website. The goal was in part to help establish a strong connection between the two communities, which are a far distance from each other. Muzykivska Village Council had had its own website since 2010, but had not been updated very often; its complex structure prevented most staff from actually working on it.  In 2017, Muzykivska consolidated community (CC) joined Cohort#1 of the CCs participating in USAID DOBRE Program and became one... Read more
Jun 15, 2020
Today, the USAID DOBRE program in Ukraine announced its extension into three additional oblasts: Chernihiv, Chernivtsi and Zaporizhzhia. This increase brings the number of oblasts DOBRE supports up to 10. Within the oblasts, 25 new consolidated communities (CCs) will be added to the program’s reach, bringing the total number of CC’s up to 100. USAID Acting Ukraine Mission Director, Susan K. Fritz, made the public announcement via video and delivered opening remarks while DOBRE Chief of Party, Barry Reed, and Deputy Minister of the Ministry for Communities and Territorial Development contributed to the discussion. The DOBRE program is to receive an additional $17 million from USAID and will be extended to September 2022. Competitive selection of the additional 25 participating consolidated... Read more
Jun 12, 2020
Recycling clothing to benefit the environment and disadvantage Nermeen Al Tamimi, 22, grew up in a family that is passionate about volunteering and public service. When Nermeen was still a student in high school, she volunteered alongside her sister for a charitable initiative they founded where they performed charity works for the elderly and orphans. Later on, Nermeen started making her own way to volunteer work taking on a project after project in the different governorates of Jordan. Nermeen’s love for community work led her to complete her undergraduate studies with an honors degree in Sociology. After graduating, however, she was shocked at the lack of job opportunities in the market within this field of study. Therefore, she invested her time in personal and academic development... Read more
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