Jul 25, 2018
Building Resiliency among Families in Rwanda USAID-funded Twiyubake Program makes an impact on vulnerable rural families The Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) Program, locally known as USAID Twiyubake (“Build Together” in Kinyarwandan) aims to assist 50,000 vulnerable households in 12 districts on Rwanda. The program is designed to build and enhance lasting self-reliance in a way that promotes mutual support. The program objectives include increasing capacity of families and communities to provide better care for vulnerable individuals; improving household and community care and support practices for vulnerable populations, especially children; and increasing access to education and social services for vulnerable populations.
Jun 14, 2018

Cutting the ribbon to inaugurate the public toilet (from left to right) representative of Ruliba Clays Ltd., Petrocom Ltd., Global Communities USAID Twiyubake Director of Program Management, Kayonza District Vice Mayor in charge of Social Affairs, Kabare Sector Civil Registrar. Private Manufacturing Companies Donate Materials for Construction of Model Public Toilet in Rwanda The outreach to the private sector and strong collaboration with local government and community enabled the USAID Twiyubake program to make construction of a public toilet possible. The success of this activity demonstrated the untapped potential of expanded collaboration, including engagement of the private sector, to maximize the impact of USAID-supported programs, particularly in resource-... Read more
Feb 06, 2018
VIP Dalia Mehiar, Developing Measures for the Categorization of Household Vulnerability Rwanda, Kigali, 28 May – 28 August 2017 In the summer of 2017, Global Communities Rwanda had been preparing for year three of USAID’s five-year Twiyubake Program, also known as the Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) Program. The goal of the program is to improve the resiliency of at least 50,000 vulnerable households in 12 districts within Rwanda by facilitating access to health and social services, and supporting households in adopting economic strengthening activities. Twiyubake boasts a strong community empowerment approach which is achieved through working with civil society partners, recruiting local volunteers, and collaborating with the Government of Rwanda. To measure... Read more
Feb 06, 2018
VIP Evan Bartlett: Using Participatory Approaches in Agriculture: Farmer Field Schools and Kitchen Gardens Rwanda, 29 May-28 July 2017 Farmer Field Schools (FFSs) are a participatory approach to agricultural extension whereby farmers are given an opportunity to test and adopt improved agricultural production techniques and new fortified crops in order to increase incomes and improve household nutrition. The FFS approach is aligned with the Rwandan National Food and Nutrition Policy. The Global Communities USAID/Twiyubake program uses the Farmer Field School Approach in order to promote Bio-Intensive Agricultural Techniques (BIAT) that are meant to increase yields--increasing income and improving household nutrition. Evan Bartlett, Master Candidate at Georgetown University’s Global Human... Read more
Mar 09, 2017
Economic Development Factsheet Global Communities’ economic development programs aim to catalyze sustainable and inclusive economic growth by strengthening the capacity and integration of economic actors to effectively pursue market-based opportunities. Our programs increase incomes and support local economies through assisting in the development of micro, small and medium-size enterprises; strengthening household resiliency; fostering private sector-driven workforce development; creating expanded access to financial services; and supporting local governments in creating business enabling environments—being especially mindful of the needs of youth, women and marginalized groups. We use a systems-based approach that... Read more
Mar 01, 2017
Building Community Resiliency Through Cooperatives Visiting International Professionals Elena Gillis, Muhammad Malik, Samad Sadri, and Alison Salisbury Rwanda-USA, January-May 2016 Are cooperatives making a difference in communities in which they are located? To explore related issues Global Communities partnered with a team of four Master Graduates from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Over the course of spring semester of 2016 the GWU team worked with Global Communities’ EMIRGE team [Enabling Market Integration through Rural Group Empowerment] to review related literature and design and implement a field survey. In March of 2016 the team went to Rwanda to collect the data and by May 2016 issued their findings and analysis of... Read more
Feb 21, 2017
Sowing Development  Farmers provide more than food; they are the cornerstone of rural economies By Liz Adams, Technical Specialist for Agriculture at Global Communities  |  This article orginally appeared in Medium.  No matter where you are, the food on your plate comes from a farmer. This isn’t a particularly shocking revelation, and development assistance to farmers is vitally important if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals around ending hunger and improving food security. This makes intuitive sense; helping farmers make sustainable, long term increases to crop yields means more food. But I want to caution against a narrow vision of farmers as simply a means to the end of... Read more
Dec 28, 2016
Cooperatives: Building Success Together With over 60 years of experience in building capacity around the world, Global Communities focuses on the five key dimensions of cooperative success to increase incomes, strengthen democratic values and promote equality. Global Communities cooperative programs are operational in Mongolia, Rwanda, Uganda and urban Kenya. Our in-country teams of technical experts boost the capacity of small–scale farmers and empower them to see their peers and their farms as pathways out of poverty. Read more about our work with cooperatives here.
Dec 21, 2016
Agriculture & Food Security Programming Global Communities’ agriculture and food security programs aim to improve livelihoods through increasing agricultural production and sales and enhancing food security for the poor. Our programs target farmers and farmer groups, small and medium agricultural enterprises (SMEs), rural and urban poor, youth, the food-insecure, and other vulnerable populations enabling them to effectively pursue profitable agricultural activities and escape the cycle of poverty. Our work occurs in a variety of situations and settings, including transitional and post-conflict with IDPs and refugees. Read more about our work in agriculture and food security... Read more
Dec 07, 2016
Rwandan Youth Take on the Topics of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and HIV Prevention The Kinazi Unity Club is a group of 35 youths between the ages 15 and 24, who meet every Saturday to discuss a wide array of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) topics such as family planning, HIV prevention, reproductive health, sexual development, teenage pregnancy and gender-based violence prevention and management. With support from Global Communities and local partner Duhamic Adri under the USAID Twiyubake program, the Kinazi Unity Club conducted a community sensitization campaign on SRHR and HIV prevention. The day of events featured talks on adolescent SRHR and the dangers of drug abuse as well as skits, drama and music.
Albertine Mukasiba, a Voluntary Counselling and... Read more
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