Sep 13, 2019
This article was originally published on the US Embassy of Ghana Website Tamale, GHANA— Since 2014, over 96,000 women in northern Ghana saved USD $7.8 million – or about 42,659,747 cedis – and invested the money to improve the health, education, nutrition, and economic opportunities of their families. Last year, Nanumba North received 98% in the District Performance Assessment conducted by the Ministry of Local Government, the second highest score nationally. As a result, the district received 1.2 million Ghana cedis (USD $220,000) to implement district priorities. These accomplishments are a result of the hard work of the District Assemblies and community members... 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 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.
Aug 29, 2018
Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato: From Leaf to Root, It’s All Food Northern Ghana has a hot and dry climate and food is often scarce. Since 2014, USAID’s Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project has provided support to 17 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to address this challenge. RING is an integrated Feed the Future program, blending governance, agriculture, livelihoods, nutrition, and WASH interventions targeted towards Northern Ghana’s most vulnerable populations. One agricultural activity that has been particularly successful is the introduction of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP). OFSP is not native to Northern Ghana. However, it is highly nutritious... Read more
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.
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 08, 2018
Nlangmal and the Bicycle: Small Investments Making a Big Difference By Bethany Davidson,Programs Manager for Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) Project
Nlangmal and her daughter Joyce pose proudly in front of the bicycle that she was able to buy with her first loan. Photo credit: Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, RING Project. Not long ago, Nlangmal didn’t have a spare dollar to her name. But despite her lack of resources and limited formal education, she had many ideas for income-making activities. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Feed the Future’s Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project, Nlangmal received basic training on how to manage a savings account, and then she and other like-minded women in her community formed a Village Savings and Loans... Read more
Mar 22, 2017
More Than Something to Drink: Water & Long Lasting Development By Franky Li, WASH Technical Advisor for Global Communities  |  This article originally appeared on Medium
Women in Ghana are often forced to walk long distances to bring back water for their families. Water is a basic necessity for life. World Water Day is today, highlighting this fact, as well as the over 600 million people who don’t have access to safe water. But on this year’s World Water Day, I want to move beyond the important stories about those forced to trek many miles to transport clean water to their homes. Increasingly, access to water is not viewed as a... Read more
Jan 09, 2017
Yemen Factsheet Global Communities has been working in Yemen since 2004 implementing humanitarian and development programs across a broad range of sectors and has continued to provide on-the-ground assistance throughout the current conflict. Programs have included providing emergency aid to communities affected by conflict; empowering young people through job skills development; improving the educational system by rehabilitating schools, training teachers and providing teaching tools; building the capacity of media and civil society organizations; and combating child labor by reducing the number of children engaged in exploitative practices. Read more here...
Nov 17, 2016
USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) Project: Investing in local government, supporting sustainable change The Ghanaian government has made impressive strides in government decentralization -- empowering regional and local government officials to make decisions and provide services to the communities they represent. The USAID Resiliency in Northern Ghana (RING) project seeks to strengthen this structure in one of Ghana’s poorest regions by partnering directly with the regional and local governments to support their ability to fulfill their mandates to the communities they represent -- and improve the social and economic well-being of those communities (especially women) in the process. Through the RING project,... Read more
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