Mar 22, 2012
World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. CHF Honduras Water Harvesting Project Wins Global Award 
Our Millennium Challenge Corporation-Funded water harvesting project in Honduras won the Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize last week. The project worked with rural farmers in Southern Honduras to build reservoirs that can be used to irrigate crops throughout the dry season, improving their productivity and economic security. Read more about the project and the award here
  Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge
One of every two people on the... Read more
May 28, 2021
By Ashleigh Mullinax, Knowledge Management & Learning Manager, Global Communities By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (more commonly known as CLA) as it has become a fixture at USAID over the past decade, slowly growing from an esoteric concept discussed by few to a regular requirement in USAID solicitations. CLA is a philosophy that draws from many existing disciplines and schools of thought including adaptive management, design thinking, complexity... Read more
Mar 01, 2015
Building More Resilient Communities in Ethiopia
  Redirecting Ethiopian Communities to Overcome Vulnerability and Enhance Resilience (RECOVER) Global Communities implemented the RECOVER program, funded by USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, from 2011-14 to respond to the emergency needs in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Using an integrated approach, RECOVER combined disaster risk reduction strategies with urgently needed economic recovery support. and targeted several specific beneficiary groups, including pastoralists and agropastoralists affected by river flooding and ongoing drought conditions. The program helped to strengthen and diversify livelihoods by providing vocational training for pastoralists in locally-... Read more
Apr 15, 2013
Improving Lives through Vocational Training in Ethiopia:  Vocational skills training through the USAID/OFDA-funded RECOVER program Ahmed Badal’s Journey Ahmed Badal Hire is head of a household of eight family members. His family lost their livelihood during the 2011 drought when all of their 30 sheep and goats, and all but one of their 25 cattle died.   In despair, he left his family in the desert of the remote Harweyn area where they used to keep their livestock, and came to Gode town some 140km away, hoping to find some sort of employment. One of the challenges he encountered was his lack of skills to be employed even as a daily laborer. He did manage to find work loading and unloading goods from trucks, although the competition for even this job was high, since many others were... Read more
Mar 21, 2013
Photo Essay: World Water Day 2013 World Water Day is held annually on March 22nd to recognize the importance of water in our world and advocate for the sustainable management of water resources. Global Communities is working with communities around the world helping them address their unique water challenges in locally appropriate and innovative ways.
  Water for Urban Communities – Ghana One of every two people on the planet live in a city, and 95% of the urban population growth in the coming years will happen in the developing world. As the world’s population becomes more urban, often settling into informal communities, proper management of water resources is ever more crucial. Lack of planning and mismanagement of water resources causes disease and hinders economic... Read more
Jul 13, 2012
Cooperative Development Cooperatives are internationally recognized mechanisms for effectively developing financial and economic growth for like members within an economy. In the development context, cooperative structures have proven to be a successful strategy for individuals to pool resources and skills toward a common economic goal and can be especially so in transitional economies where people often lack capital or access to capital and where vocational or technical skills are limited.  As a methodology, cooperative development is inherently local, building on the identified mutual needs of community members, the pooling of resources, sharing of expertise and leveraging of collaborative efforts to achieve levels of effort that could not have been attained individually.... Read more
Mar 27, 2012
Ethiopia: Needs Assessment Report Somali Region – Gode & Warder Zones I.  Executive Summary Following below average spring rains in 2011, acute drought conditions severely affected over 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, creating conditions for famine, mass displacement, and destitution among pastoral and agropastoral groups. Of the total affected population, OCHA estimates approximately 4.8 million Ethiopians still require humanitarian assistance. The Somali region of Ethiopia was one of the worst affected areas during the 2011 drought; and although much of this region benefitted from productive seasonal deyr rains from October-December 2011... Read more
Jan 24, 2012
CHF's Director of Humanitarian Assistance on Drought Relief in the Horn of Africa This article originally appeared in the Examiner. CHF International is a Silver Spring based international development organization founded in 1952 that works in conflict-affected and developing countries. They partner with communities around the world to help them to direct the improvement of their lives and livelihoods. Its Director of Humanitarian Assistance, Courtney Brown answered a few questions about the organization’s work in the Horn of Africa. CHF is primarily focused on enabling and training farmers in drought-appropriate farming methods in the Horn of Africa so that they can use their... Read more
Jan 05, 2012
URGENT APPEAL: DROUGHT in EAST AFRICA Acute drought conditions are severely affecting over 11 million people in the Horn of Africa in countries like Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Uganda. This has created conditions for famine and mass displacement. The effects of the 2011 drought area culmination of several key factors including increasing food prices, ongoing local conflict, limited humanitarian access, interrupted trade patterns, and successive seasons of failed rains.  Insufficient rain has resulted in critical widespread water shortages and contributed to mass livestock deaths, undermining the livelihoods and increasing the vulnerability of pastoralist communities. Humanitarian access to a significant proportion of the affected population is restricted... Read more
Nov 30, 2011
The Need For Long-Term Solutions in the Horn of Africa People must be able to access what they need through the market rather than indefinite quantities of international humanitarian aid. By Erol Yayboke, CHF International Regional Manager for East Africa This article originally appeared on Think Africa Press and CNN iReport. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — I first met Omar Adan in August, not too long after he had lost more than 300 sheep, camels and donkeys to the on-going drought in Ethiopia. Adan is a lifelong pastoralist. He, his wife and their six children have been migrating for decades from place to place in search... Read more
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