Africa

Sep 16, 2020
At the Strathmore Business School (SBS) in Nairobi, 55 trainees successfully graduated with a certificate in Public Policy Making Process (PPMP). The first of its kind program was designed and delivered by Global Communities’ USAID-funded CLEAR Program in collaboration with Strathmore University Business School.   The training, which ended on September 14, was officially opened by His Excellency Governor Tunai from the County Government of Narok on September 1. In his remarks, Governor Tunai thanked Global Communities for providing support to his team in their ongoing process of developing draft policies for the cooperative sector. He also thanked Strathmore University for teaching and hosting the course. The capacity-building program targeted County Executive Committee Members (CECM),... Read more
Aug 17, 2020
Global Communities is proud to present the following learning briefs from the USAID-funded Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP)/Twiyubake Program implemented in Rwanda. While experts agree that financial inclusion and services are important to establishing resilience at the household level, there is still a need for further evidence around which interventions have the greatest short- and long-term impacts. To address this gap, the USAID Twiyubake Program developed a learning agenda to determine the impact of conditional household grants and saving incentives on the resilience of vulnerable households in 2018. The following learning briefs address the program’s findings. “... Read more
Jul 23, 2020
“At about 12 midnight in June 2019, a baby boy was born to a young couple at the Tutukpene Health Center in the Oti Region. Unfortunately, there was no water to wash the mixture of blood and amniotic fluid off the baby and the equipment used for the delivery. Relatives of the newborn’s mother had to save their congratulatory wishes until after they fetched water from the nearby community, about 15 minutes away, on foot. Thankfully the baby survived,” recounted Monica Hwanompe, the Senior Community Health nurse, who doubles as a midwife at the Health Center. Provision of Water Supply This scenario was a common trend in some Health Centers and Community-based Health Planning Services (CHPS), community-based health care facilities in the Savannah and Oti Regions until... Read more
Jul 21, 2020
Unemployment among youth in Ghana continues to increase despite more than two decades of strong economic growth trends and a substantial expansion in education and overall human resource development. The World Bank estimates that of the total number of people who are unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years. The most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey (GLSS) reports that three of every ten youth in Accra and 23% of youth in other urban areas in Ghana are unemployed. Studies have shown that the labor-intensive construction sector offers great potential to address this challenge. While the industry’s growth has been slowed by macroeconomic constraints, it remains an important source... 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 07, 2020
Youth unemployment and joblessness together constitute a major socio-economic and political problem in Ghana. The Ghana Statistical Service 2015 report noted that 13.4 percent of youth are unemployed, while the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6 reported that approximately 30 percent of youth in Accra and 24 percent of youth in other urban areas are unemployed. Though estimates vary, unemployment is a challenge among all age groups and its impact is particularly severe among young people. To address the challenge of youth unemployment, the Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) was a five-year project implemented from 2015 to 2020 to create... Read more
Jul 02, 2020
Ashley Holst, Global Communities Technical Specialist Cooperatives & Inclusive Businesses Read original blog post on Medium.com As we celebrate International Day of the Cooperative this year, we recognize that over the last several months cooperatives have demonstrated their resilience and their dedication to bettering the world. The cooperative sector in Kenya jumped into action to help their members and communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. From individual cooperatives using their own funds to provide PPE and food to neighbors to national cooperative organizations initiating large... Read more
Jul 01, 2020
By Kristin Wilcox Feldman, Chief of Party, USAID CLEAR Program Link to article on Medium.com The impacts of Covid-19 are weighing heavily on so many of us right now. As reality sinks in it becomes evident that Covid-19’s weight has hit some of us more dramatically than others. As governments globally struggle to implement measures addressing preventative and acute health priorities they are also forced to recognize that the most vulnerable populations health-wise are also in overlapping categories of economic vulnerability. This has been particularly true for those working in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which the World Bank... Read more
Jun 08, 2020
Disadvantaged, urban youth face a range of challenges in accessing financial services: long distances to reach financial service providers financial products that are inappropriate for seasonal or intermittent work, minimum age requirements to open a bank account or obtain credit, and limited experience with financial services. In addition, financial institutions have traditionally been reluctant to serve young people because they are considered unbankable (unable to save, a high credit risk due to their engagement in less-profitable enterprises, and lacking business experience and conventional collateral). Recognizing these challenges, the Mastercard Foundation-funded Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) project commissioned a market assessment... Read more
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