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
Feb 04, 2020
In Ukraine, the USAID DOBRE Program supported the opening of a Tourism and Business Development Center in Starosaltivska consolidated community. The newly established Center will serve as a space for local governance, private sector entrepreneurs and regular community members (8,805 in total) to improve dialog through joint business meetings and consultations, to enhance participatory cooperation leading to the community prosperous economic and tourism growth. Watch the video below to learn more.
Jan 31, 2020
Here is a short answer – the consolidated communities (CCs) underwent a budget transparency evaluation. In November 2019, the Crystal of the Year Award acknowledged the top performing CCs that were evaluated with the joint methodology implemented by USAID DOBRE and U-LEAD with Europe Programs, including the public coalition “For Transparent Local Budgets!” The evaluation was performed in 106 CCs in 18 Oblasts of Ukraine. 47 DOBRE partner CCs were evaluated for the second time in a row, and their index scores prove that the CCs increased the level of budget transparency in just one year. The maximum transparency index grew higher: from 46 to 61 points. Moreover, there were significant system changes revealed: average budget transparency levels increased 17.7% in all 47 CCs. In 2018 the... Read more
Jan 30, 2020
Noeli Jacinta Becker has been a resident of the community of Paraíso neighborhood, in Horizontina / RS, for over 12 years and cannot contain her excitement in recounting the most recent triumph of the community’s residents—the long-awaited legalization of their land with City Hall. “It is the greatest of all our recent achievements,” says the community leader with pride. The Paraíso neighborhood formed under an invasion of lands belonging to the State of Rio Grande do Sul in May 1999. It is located in the rural area of ​​Horizontina, and today has 87 plots of land and an average of 340 residents. In 2003, the state government transferred ownership of the land to the municipal administration, and since then residents have been eagerly awaiting the legalization of the land so they can... Read more
Jan 30, 2020
Ricardo Donoso is the deputy director of the No. 422 High School in Granadero Baigorria. For more than 10 years, he has been working side-by-side with the school’s principal, Rossana Inveninato, and where, in reality, the school has become a second home through which a large number of kids pass through to receive their training for life. At High School No. 422, about 950 students cycle through the classrooms in different shifts. As what often happens in many schools, they run into an issue when it comes to physical education, as the dedicated gym facilities are not enough to hold all the students for these activities which are fundamental to their development and interaction. However the school did have some potential. “The incredible thing is that we have the advantage... Read more
Jan 23, 2020
On November 19, 2019, DOBRE and the European funded U-LEAD programs co-hosted the Crystal of the Year Budget Transparency Award ceremony. The ceremony took place to mark successes of the best Ukrainian amalgamated hromadas evaluated on a common methodology implemented by USAID DOBRE and U-LEAD with Europe programs in 106 hromadas and within 18 oblasts of Ukraine. The ceremony brought together more than 400 participants: hromada representatives, central executive authorities, experts on international technical assistance projects, and heads of diplomatic missions. USAID DOBRE, implemented by Global Communities, assessed the local governance budget processes in 106 consolidated communities (CCs) in 18 Oblasts of Ukraine. 75 DOBRE... Read more
Dec 06, 2019

Maksym Khoruzhevsky uses the new website. Co-Authors: DOBRE partner, SocialBoost, and Maksym Khoruzhevsky, website moderator from Sofiivska CC “The hromada (community association) has been in an information vacuum for a significant amount of time: we only had one rayon* level newspaper and it raised some interest, but only among senior community members. There were no media outlets to raise awareness among other residents such as students and entrepreneurs. That’s why we launched a social media application—and quickly enough, we received 1,000 subscribers to the Facebook page, which is impressive especially considering the fact that 10,000 residents live in the Sofiivska consolidated community,” shares Maksym Khoruzhevsky, moderator of the Sofiivska consolidated community (CC)... Read more
Dec 05, 2019
Local officials and civil society representatives from the Global Communities-implemented DOBRE program in Ukraine toured nine cities in the eastern United States in October to learn more about economic development, civic infrastructure, and promoting citizen engagement from their American counterparts. The 48 participants were from communities newly consolidated under Ukraine’s decentralization reforms that began in 2014. The USAID “Decentralization Offering Better Results and Efficiency,” known as DOBRE, is working to strengthen their capacity to use their new community budgetary and governing responsibilities. Participants came with a mission to explore new avenues of local economic development and governance and to bring those... 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
Nov 01, 2019

Bulldozer procured for Bashtanska CC Co-Authors: Head of Bashtanska Consolidated Community and the Department Specialists “The story about savings started in 2018, when Bashtanska Consolidated Community (CC), established in 2017, decided to purchase a bulldozer to handle a landfill site. To budget for the needed costs, we had to do market research. The price for similar machinery ranged between 5.4 mln Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH) to 3.8 mln UAH. Notably, we aimed for 3.8 mln UAH as the base price and announced a call for commercial offers in October 2018,” explains Tetyana Zavorotnyuk, a procurement specialist in Bashtanska CC. According to Zavorotnyuk, four bulldozer-producing companies participated in the tender. The company from Zaporizhzhia was granted the offer, as during the... Read more
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