May 18, 2021
Enhancing Colombian Cities’ Resilience through Insurance for Climate Risks and Natural Disasters Launch of a public-private partnership project on disaster risk management and insurance in Medellin as potential blue-print for other Colombian and Latin American cities to increase climate disaster resilience of the vulnerable populations Frankfurt am Main, Medellín, 10. May 2021 About half of the economic losses due to natural disasters in Colombia are caused by floods, followed by earthquakes and landslides. At the same time, however there are no adequate insurance products available on the market protecting Colombia's urban population against the disastrous effects of these hazards. The international humanitarian assistance and sustainable development organization... Read more
Jun 19, 2019
Senior Director of Resilient Communities, Randy Lyness spoke at the 2019 InterAction Annual Forum where he represented Global Communities on a panel, Collaborative Lessons Learned from Colombia Displacement Response Applicable to a Venezuela Response. Multiple organizations, including Global Communities, Blumont and Mercy Corps, have decades of experience responding to the internal displacement in Colombia, which has resulted in direct immediate support to over two million IDPs as well as increased capacity of the Government of Colombia to directly provide support.  In recent years, the Venezuelan crisis has compounded the Government’s ability to provide support to vulnerable IDPs, as over a million migrants have fled to Colombia. ... Read more
Jun 06, 2019
Come listen to Director of Program Operations Randy Lyness speak at the 2019 InterAction Annual Forum where he will represent Global Communities on a panel, Collaborative Lessons Learned from Colombia Displacement Response Applicable to a Venezuela Response. Multiple organizations have decades of experience responding to the internal displacement in Colombia, working toward collective impacts in the lives of IDPs and host communities.  In recent years, the Venezuelan crisis has resulted in thousands of refugees fleeing to Colombia. Lyness and practitioners from Bluemont and Mercy Corps will discuss how their collective impacts and lessons in IDP programming are shaping their Venezuela response programs, and Portfolio Growth Manager Sarah Henshaw will moderate the panel. ... Read more
Oct 05, 2018
PORTRAITS in COLOMBIA: Youth Helping People Overcome the Trauma of Violence View the photo gallery below or at the link here.
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
Jul 11, 2018
Global Communities, DLA Piper, Hannover Re and Willis Towers Watson Team Up to Promote Resilience for Vulnerable Communities Exposed to Weather and Climate-related Risks July 11th, 2018, Berlin, Germany — Global Communities, DLA Piper, Hannover Re and Willis Towers Watson announced today that they are partnering to promote resilience for communities that are susceptible to weather-related risks. The partnership will jointly apply to KfW, the German government-owned development bank’s, InsuResilience Solutions Fund to enable insurance solutions for municipalities in Colombia that are among the most vulnerable and exposed to natural hazards. While national frameworks for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation exist, capacity at the local government and... Read more
Jan 10, 2018
VIP: Ali Blumenstock, Monteria, Colombia: Addressing Environmental Issues One Community At a Time May 30 to August 11, 2017 Global Communities’ ANDA Program is based in Monteria, Department of Cordoba, Colombia. In Spanish ANDA means ‘to go forward’ and it was established in 2013 with the aim of reducing poverty and improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations and victims of forced displacement. Many people in ANDA’s partner communities have been displaced several times over the last few decades due to Colombia’s internal conflict, and some communities in Cordoba are entirely new – composed 100% of displaced persons. The program works in 42 rural communities which face countless environmental difficulties - from contaminated water to disposal of trash and solid waste to... Read more
Sep 21, 2017
Reclaiming their Voices: One Community’s Struggle to Overcome Fear and Build Peace in Rural Colombia Alfonso spent most of his youth living in fear. Twenty years ago when he was just an infant, 16 community leaders in his small village of Pijiguay were massacred by a paramilitary group that publicly crushed their skulls with rocks to terrify the villagers. While it sounds shocking this was not unusual. Pijiguay is located in the Montes de Maria region of Colombia, an area which saw some of the worst violence during the country’s 50-year-long civil war.
The human cost borne by Colombia’s rural communities as the result of decades of civil conflict is massive. Of more than 200,000 victims of the violence, 177,000 were civilians, most of whom lived in poor rural communities. For... Read more
Aug 16, 2017
Global Cities Initiative Creating more livable, prosperous, resilient communities Cities are expected to add 2 billion people by 2030 in developing countries alone. Half of this growth will occur in informal settlements, mostly in Asia and Africa. Global Communities has worked across the globe with city governments and urban communities for decades helping them manage this urban growth. We have now consolidated our most innovative programming and tools under our Global Cities Initiative. Through the Global Cities Initiative we are creating more livable, prosperous and resilient urban communities across 100s of cities around the world. We do this by building the capacity of local government, promoting citizen participation... Read more
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