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Mar 25, 2021
By Kabanda Chulu From Business News, Zambia Daily Mail, March 15 2021 The United States (US) government is committed to promoting increased trade and investment between that country and Zambia and will ensure that Zambian businesses have access to US markets, US Embassy Chargé d’ Affaires David Young has said. Mr Young said activities will include expanding opportunities for US investors and businesses in Zambia. In response to a press query, Mr Young said trade with the US, including through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), has helped Zambian companies to create and sustain jobs that support economic growth and development. In 2019, two-way trade totaled more than K3.6 billion (US$ 182 million). In fact, Zambian exports to the United States have grown by 0.74 percent over... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
This commentary is by Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for Water and Sanitation I was wrong about water supply and sanitation in the United States. When I volunteered in Honduras as a civil engineer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the mid-1970s, I believed that water supply and sanitation needs in the United States were well taken care of and that my skills and passion would be best used working in developing countries. I have since learned that there are significant numbers of underserved people in the United States who do not have equitable access to safe drinking water supply and/or safely managed sanitation. The more that I learn about the causes of the WASH problems and... Read more
Mar 15, 2021
Global Communities, under the USAID-funded Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Health project has commissioned two Small Town Water Systems in Kalba and Tinjase in commemoration of the upcoming World Water Day. in the Savannah and Oti Regions. The Small Town Water Systems construction is part of a larger plan to provide potable water access under the WASH for Health project, which started in 2015.   Kalba & Tinjase Water Systems Both systems comprise the mechanization of two high-yielding boreholes with photovoltaic (Solar) as the primary source of energy. The boreholes' output is 568m3 per day and 630m3 per day for Kalba and Tinjase, respectively. Each community has 100,000 liters of elevated water storage tank at 12m above ground level. The water is pumped into... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
This article was originally published by GhanaWeb Global Communities, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has handed over a potable water system for the community of Tinjase, an expanding settlement near the Ghana-Togo border in the Nkwanta North District of the Oti Region. The small town water supply system, the first of its kind in the community, is a 2.3 million USD project funded by the USAID under its WASH for Health programme and comprises a 100,000-litre storage tank that is connected to eight standpipes strategically distributed. The water is sourced by mechanised boreholes integrated with photovoltaic systems, chlorinated and piped through over 11,000... Read more
Mar 05, 2021
This article was originally published on GhanaWeb A water system has been inaugurated at Kalba in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba District of the Savannah Region to extend potable water to the people of the area and beyond. The gesture is part of an overall community support scheme to amongst others ensure improved hygienic behaviours. The water system consists of two mechanised boreholes with an integrated photovoltaic system, 100,000 litres elevated service tank, six standpipes and over 11,000 metres of transmission and distribution lines. The facility, which has been provided by Global Communities with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of the... Read more
Jan 22, 2021
This article was originally published by USAID. Zambia’s development holds much promise but faces much... Read more
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
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