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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
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
Jun 04, 2020
The Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program was a seven-year USD 19 million program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which included a USD 50 million Loan Guarantee Facility (LGF) backed by the Overseas Private investment Corporation (OPIC). AIMS utilized a market systems approach to support agribusiness small and medium enterprises (A-SMEs) in Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi to increase their volume and value of trade. One of AIMS’ objectives was to improve the capacity of A-SMEs by connecting them to quality business advisory services providers (BASPs) who deliver services—including business planning, financial management and bookkeeping, and branding and marketing—that can help A-SMEs increase sales turnover, reduce costs,... Read more
May 12, 2020
This article was first published at AgriLinks.  
Kenya saw its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, and the Ministry of Health fears that if mitigation efforts are not implemented and followed, cases could skyrocket to as many as 10,000 by the end of April. The government has acted quickly to close schools and impose a nationwide curfew, while also issuing guidance on hygiene and social distancing. The cooperative sector also feels it has an important role to play in responding to COVID-19. The sector... Read more
May 10, 2020
Fredrick Nyagah, Technical Specialist, Gender, CLEAR Kenya, Global Communities “Covid-19: The Gendered Pandemic in Kenya” is a blog series that explores the many ways gender social norms effect and are effected by Covid-19. The authors discuss ways that the pandemic may challenge gender norms and how it presents opportunities for changes through the illumination of fresh perspectives. The first in the series addresses Gendered Social Distancing. The “Stay inside” and physical distancing measures we are all experiencing around the world  have meant that families are spending more uninterrupted time together than ever before.  In dual-earner homes where both partners are now teleworking... Read more
May 07, 2020
Dorthy Tindi Sitati Collaboration Learning & Adaption (CLA) Officer USAID CLEAR Program The Ushirika Hub was paid for by USAID Cooperative Development Program in partnership with Root Change, Global Communities, NCBA CLUSA & WOCCU   Government interference on cooperatives affairs is one of the challenges facing the development of cooperatives across Africa. Cooperatives will only be sustainable and successful businesses if they are autonomous. That said, cooperatives require an enabling regulatory environment and strong cooperative development services including appropriate knowledge and skills, and sound leadership and governance. The Ushirika Hub, a social network launched in Kenya in 2019, demonstrates how the cooperatives ecosystem can be strengthened through collaborations... Read more
Oct 15, 2019
By Sarah Goddard #DayoftheGirl #GenerationEquality #unstoppable Twenty-five years ago, the World Conference on Women in Beijing marked a significant turning point for global gender equality with the recognition of the rights of women and girls as human rights. Today, there are movements to stop child marriage and gender-based violence, promote girls’ education, and end stigma around menstruation. October 11 was International Day of the Girl. Since 2012, this day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges of girls around the world and promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. This year’s theme, “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable,” celebrates achievements by, with, and for girls. “Today, girls are moving from dreaming to achieving. More are... Read more
Oct 04, 2019
Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) works to bolster trade in key agricultural sectors, grains, pulses, dairy, and horticulture in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to financing and markets for small and medium-sized agribusinesses. AIMS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and includes a loan guaranty facility backed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Video produced by Global Communities Visiting International Professional, Henry Tenenbaum.  
Jul 09, 2019
By Karla Yoder, Global Communities Economic Development/Workforce Specialist This blog was originally published on Marketlinks.org Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded initiative to promote trade in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by increasing access to finance and markets for agricultural small and medium enterprises (A-SMEs). AIMS was not initially designed and implemented as a market systems development program. The original interventions relied primarily on direct and supply-driven services to A-SMEs and financial... Read more
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