Governance & Urban Management

Jul 18, 2012
Ravine Pintade: Building Back "Better" in Haiti Claudia Marcelus, a resident of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince, describes life before and after her neighborhood was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Haphazard construction, inadequate water and sanitation facilities, no street lighting, reoccurring flooding, sewage problems and fear of fires, characterized life in Ravine Pintade before the earthquake. Through the Katye project funded by USAID, CHF International, PCI and the residents of Ravine Pintade were able to build back better. Katye, which means "neighborhood" in Creole, was based on a comprehensive and integrated planning process that involved experts, like architects and engineers, but also relied heavily on the participation of residents in the planning and decision-making... Read more
Apr 20, 2012
On Earth Day, which takes place each year on April 22nd, we recognize the importance of clean air, clean water, and the importance of maintaining the integrity of the natural world around us. CHF is working in many of its programs to promote environmental sustainability and contribute to the body of knowledge in regards to “green construction” practices. By implementing programs that are sustainable and “green,” we are helping the communities in which we work improve their surroundings and their environment. West Bank and Gaza—Safeer Children’s Center In the West Bank, CHF’s green construction initiatives are creating a model for the future of environmentally sustainable buildings in the Middle East. The Safeer Children’s Center incorporated... Read more
Aug 31, 2018
Oksana Kryvoruchko—Inspiring Young Ukrainians to Civic Engagement Youth radio station lets local voices be heard as students gain skills
Oksana Kryvoruchko, founder of the Slobozhanska youth radio station, operates radio equipment provided by the USAID DOBRE activity. Oksana Kryvoruchko, a young activist in Ukraine, mobilized young people in her community for what she believed to be a good cause — opening a youth radio station to serve as a new media resource for residents while also teaching high school students journalistic skills. But her original idea has progressed into something far more extensive. Kryvoruchko, the youngest government employee in Slobozhanska, a community in... Read more
Aug 02, 2018
Supporting Communities’ Disaster Resilience Drawing on decades of experience, Global Communities partners with communities to recover after natural disasters by addressing long-term needs and rebuilding climate-resilient infrastructure. As a leader in community development and community engagement, Global Communities works with communities to strengthen their environmental resilience through climate change adaptation planning and disaster risk mitigation. At the center of all of our work is our proven Participatory Action for Community Engagement (PACE) approach, empowering communities to identify, prioritize and find solutions to their most pressing needs. Resulting resilience programming... Read more
Apr 02, 2018
Five Reasons Why Water Security Matters to Global Security By Franky Li, WASH Technical Advisor for Global Communities  |  This blog originally appeared on Medium. Across the globe, populations face the challenge of growing water scarcity. More than one-fifth of the world’s population — 1.6 billion people — live in areas that are suffering from water scarcity of some type. This includes “physical scarcity,” which means there is a not an adequate volume of water to meet people’s needs, and “economic scarcity,” which results from a lack of investment and proper management of infrastructure. In both cases, whether physical or economic, the situation for most countries... Read more
Feb 12, 2018
A Role for Social Protection Investments to Support Food and Nutrition Security: Lessons from Ghana By Reid Hamel, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Executive Summary Social safety net programs have expanded rapidly in recent decades as an instrument to combat extreme poverty and food and nutrition insecurity. In 2008, Ghana launched its Livelihoods Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) cash transfer program to provide basic support for households with orphaned children. Since that time, LEAP has grown to become the country’s flagship social protection program, reaching beneficiaries with varied vulnerability profiles nationwide. LEAP has also linked enrolled households to free... Read more
Feb 05, 2018
USAID DOBRE Program Launches New Reality Show: "Hromada for a Million"
Announcement of the Hromada for a Million TV series at UCMC, on January 25th, 2018. From left to right: Susan Fritz, USAID Mission Director; Alla Staschenko, Creative Producer and two show's hosts: Iryna Ozymok and Dmytro Ohniov. The USAID DOBRE Program has partnered with the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center (UCMC) and the national Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 to produce a new reality show called "Hromada for a Million." Hromada means "community" and during the course of the show, five consolidated communities will compete for the main prize— UAH 1 million (approximately 35,000 USD) from the USAID Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) to create projects that result in real change in their cities and villages. Hromada for... Read more
Dec 19, 2017
Bringing Education Closer to Home Nicaraguan Youth Creating New Educational Opportunities
“Contributing to the welfare of our community.” The Youth Commission of Muelle de los Bueyes has brought young people together to address issues important to them including expanding educational opportunities. Muelle de los Bueyes is like the Texas of Nicaragua — not only is it the heart of Nicaraguan cattle country, but also because the communities there are known for their strong sense of tradition and conservative values. Muelle de los Bueyes literally translates to the “wharf of the oxen,” a confusing name since it is nowhere near the coast. The wharf actually refers to a boat dock on the Mico River which runs through the municipality. Generations ago, Muelle de los Bueyes was a bustling... Read more
Dec 08, 2017
Building Institutions, Building Trust: Three Important Lessons on Fighting Corruption through Decentralization in Ukraine
Anti-corruption training as part of the the DOBRE program. By Yuliya Tkachuk, DOBRE Civic Engagement Expert For many Ukrainians, the future of their country is linked with its fight against corruption. The government has made countless commitments to its people, international partners, and potential investors to create efficient corruption prevention mechanisms and institutions, but a host of scandals and failures at the national level have cast doubt on this effort. In spite of this, one overlooked area is showing progress in this fight — newly amalgamated communities that, thanks to the decentralization reform, have started building local governance systems and... Read more
Oct 13, 2017
“Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation” By David Humphries, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Global Communities Spazheva Svitlana began our conversation by telling me that she had just returned from the Leadership Academy for Local Officials training series. She had just been on an exchange trip to Poland, part of the Academy’s curriculum which Global Communities had organized for heads of consolidated communities. I asked her what she had learned. This was my first meeting in Ukraine, but what she said would be repeated again and again by community leaders and local partners throughout my visit. “We learned how the people of Poland love their country and the importance of having this mentality in Ukraine. This is our land and we own it together.... Read more
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