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
Apr 03, 2020
The Global Communities Rwanda team is working with USAID to provide technical response to this pandemic through messaging and provision of handwashing facilities to communities and business centers, as well as linkages to care for suspected COVID-19 cases.  Proposed COVID-19 activities include provision of handwashing facilities and personal protective equipment (PPE), dissemination of prevention messages, and supporting and training local emergency response teams.  In Rwanda, our USAID/PEPFAR funded Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) program (2015–2020) has a project goal of assisting 50,000 vulnerable households to reduce economic vulnerability by empowering parents to make investments that meet the unique needs of their families, particularly young children and... 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
Aug 20, 2019
Watching their neighbors setting up small businesses as an outcome of Village Savings and Loans Associations, these women decided they, too, would like to use this tool to overcome poverty and diversify incomes. This is the last part of the four-part series. You can read the beginning here, the second part here and the third part here. Pathways to improved livelihoods are limited in most rural communities in Ghana’s Northern Region. Poor road networks, periodically flooded waterways, and limited transportation options leave many communities without access to critical infrastructure and services, such as markets, healthcare, and banking services. This, coupled with a single rainy season... Read more
Jun 26, 2019
USAID Twiyubake, in collaboration with the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP), organized a workshop and field learning event for CHAIN partners. The event served as a learning platform on how to promote integrated ECD services across USAID funded projects. The workshop which took place in Musanze hosted USAID implementing program partners including SNV/CRS (Isuku Iwacu), CRS/SNV (Gikuriro), Global Communities and partner organization FXB (Twiyubake), AEE (Ubaka Ejo) and FXB (Turengere Abana and Sugira Umuryango). Emmanuel Munyampeta, Positive Parenting Specialist at NECDP updated the participants on the NECDP plan to advance quality ECD services and integration of the nutrition and WASH pillars into all ECD activities and on the NECDP master training on integrated ECDs.... Read more
May 28, 2019

Source: By Sarah Goddard and Lena Pritzkat May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day), which aims to break persisting taboos around menstruation, raise awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) for women and adolescent girls, and engage decision-makers in raising the political priority of MHM. Globally more than half of women are of reproductive age, yet many lack access to hygiene products and adequate sanitation facilities. As defined by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, MHM means that women and adolescent girls are using a clean material to collect blood, they have privacy to... Read more
Apr 16, 2019
In Rwanda, HIV prevalence is highest among youth aged 20-24. It is against this background that the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored and Safe) program was launched in five districts to address structural drivers of HIV among adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), which includes poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, and a lack of education. In 2018, the USAID Twiyubake program, which assists 50,000 households in 12 districts of Rwanda and is implemented by Global Communities, expanded to also provide DREAMS program activities. In order to achieve success through DREAMS, young women and adolescents at times must transcend incredible life difficulties and embrace the program’s offerings, which support participants throughout months of... Read more
Mar 08, 2019
By Malaika Neumann, Communications and Outreach Manager, USAID/Twiyubake Program Download PDF of this story here. Children and parents at the USAID Twiyubake-supported Igihozo integrated model early childhood development (ECD) center recently received a group of 10 visitors to tour the facility and learn about its services. Upon their arrival in the classroom, the Executive Director of  YWCA, a long-time partner of Global Communities, Pudentienne Uzamukunda, introduced Marjan Ehsassi, Senior Director of Governance and Global Health at Global Communities Headquarters; John Ames, Chief of Party; Theogene Mberwa, Executive Secretary of Kabare sector; Esperance Cyibukayire, Executive Secretary of Cyarubare... Read more
Sep 26, 2018
Rwanda: Collaboration with Public and Private Sector in Promoting Early Childhood Development (ECD) Services
Cutting the ribbon from left to right: Tona Isibo – Global Communities’ representative, Beatrice Umwiza, IM Representative, Innocent Benineza, DUHAMIC Executive Secretary,DUHAMIC – ADRI. On Thursday August 2, 2018, USAID Twiyubake in collaboration with Huye district inaugurated the community owned Igihozo early childhood development center newly refurbished through a Rwf 1,000,000 sponsorship donated by I&M Bank through USAID Twiyubake. The donation was part of I&M Bank’s corporate social responsibility efforts to improve communities in Rwanda. The inauguration ceremony was attended by representatives of the district, I&M Bank and USAID Twiyubake team (Global... Read more
Sep 20, 2018
Building Resiliency among Families in Rwanda USAID-funded Twiyubake Program makes an impact on vulnerable rural families View our Exposure piece below or at the link here.
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