Africa

Jan 18, 2021
The WASH for Health (W4H) project has been promoting handwashing as a key hygiene behaviour among Ghanaian households and basic school students since its inception in 2015. Increasingly, handwashing has become the new normal lifestyle in Ghana and beyond, primarily as a result of efforts to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization continues to emphasise handwashing as one of the sure ways to prevent the spread of the virus. As a result of continuing efforts from W4H involving sensitization and education, a girl in Dambai named Isabella influenced her mother to purchase a Veronica bucket (a handwashing facility invented by a Ghanaian retired nurse, Veronica Bekoe, made of a bucket affixed with a small tap at the bottom) for their home. ... Read more
Jan 18, 2021
In Ghana, one place apart from home to feel cared for is a Health Care Facility (HCF). Not only are the health personnel professional, but most importantly, the health care institution must have functional Water Access, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities including toilet facilities, handwashing stations and clean drinking water stations. Unfortunately, the Ghana Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) report in 2016 estimated that 30% of HCFs lack access to basic water services and 83% of health facilities do not have improved sanitation. This disturbing revelation motivated Global Communities to partner with an International NGO Water4 through its local implementing partner Access Development to improve the WASH status of 30 HCFs in the Wassa East District of the Western Region of Ghana... Read more
Dec 18, 2020
USAID Zambia Emerging Farmers Partnership Global Communities is working to assist ten thousand emerging farmers across Zambia with support to increase their productivity, incomes, and sustainable farming practices under a new project spearheaded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Corteva Agriscience, and John Deere. The objective of the Zambia Emerging Farmers Partnership is to transform Zambia’s largely subsistence sector through the commercialization of emerging farmers.  The three-year project will leverage more than K777 million (US$37 million) in loans for inputs and equipment, resulting in more than 50,000 hectares of crops planted using climate-adaptive seeds and other sustainable technologies. PCI, a Global Communities Partner’s Work in Zambia... Read more
Dec 17, 2020
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year project, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly sourced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe. This learning brief is designed to deepen understanding of the logistical barriers and incentives when transporting, storing, and preparing to export gold from eastern DRC.  We have focused this report on the aspects of logistics most relevant to the aims of the CVCFG project, to ensure better decision-making as we move closer to supporting responsible gold exports. The brief provides a snapshot of the... Read more
Dec 17, 2020
Press Release from the US Embassy in Zambia LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Ten thousand emerging farmers across Zambia will receive support to increase their productivity, incomes, and sustainable farming practices under a new project spearheaded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Corteva Agriscience, Global Communities, and John Deere. The Zambia Emerging Farmers Partnership will catalyze greater productivity of emerging farmers working with 20-60 hectares of land, as well as support their communities and contribute to building a resilient global food system in Central Province (Mumbwa, Chibombo, Kapiri and... Read more
Nov 18, 2020
By Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for WASH With billions of people lacking access to the safe, sustainable sanitation essential for public health and for eradicating extreme poverty, World Toilet Day is not a day for celebration, but rather a day to sound the call for action on the global sanitation crisis. Global Communities embraces sustainable sanitation as essential for public health and for lifting people out of poverty. We recognize the need for a fundamental shift in approach in WASH interventions if the world is to attain the... Read more
Oct 29, 2020
This press release was originally published on the Millennium Water Alliance website. Washington, DC, October 28, 2020 – The Millennium Water Alliance Board of Directors has approved the membership of Global Communities, a development and humanitarian assistance organization with operations in 26 countries in the Western  Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, as the newest member of the Alliance. “At a time of unprecedented global health challenges, Global Communities looks forward to working with the Millennium Water Alliance to advance safe hygiene and access to clean water for communities around the world,” said David A. Weiss, CEO of Global Communities. “We see opportunities to learn from MWA’s highly respected members, to... Read more
Oct 29, 2020
This press release was originally published on the Corteva website. Wilmington, Del. – October 22, 2020 – Corteva Agriscience, John Deere, Global Communities, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the Zambia Emerging Farmers Partnership, a project designed to help increase the productivity, incomes and sustainable farming practices of 10,000 emerging farmers with 20-60 hectares of land. This project will enrich the lives of farmers and their communities and will contribute to building a resilient global food system. Agriculture in Zambia is a key sector for employment and critical... Read more
Oct 28, 2020
USAID’s Commercially Viable Conflict-Free Gold Project, known locally as “Zahabu Safi” is a five-year program, implemented in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by Global Communities and Levin Sources. The project is designed to build on recent successes achieved by donor-funded initiatives to export responsibly-produced gold to jewelry buyers in North America and Europe. Zahabu Safi participated in and co-financed a data collection exercise on the impact of COVID-19 on ASM communities in eastern DRC as part of worldwide initiative lead by Delve. Delve is a global online data platform on ASM, funded... Read more
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
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