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Jul 21, 2020
By Peter Woicke and Daniel Runde, opinion contributors to The Hill. Originally posted on The Hill. Peter Woike is the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Global Communities Board of Directors The International... Read more
Jul 10, 2020
A message from Global Communities President and CEO, David A. Weiss: This past year has seen increasingly complex challenges around the world, but the capacities and expertise of Global Communities mean we have a vital role to play in meeting exactly these challenges. Every day, our innovative, dedicated staff works side by side with vulnerable communities and underserved populations, strengthening resilience and bolstering recovery. Global Communities’ programs and projects promote social cohesion and community empowerment across a diverse range of sectors and geographies. Each challenge may be different, but we bring just the right combination of technical expertise and... Read more
Jul 06, 2020
With USAID’s Offices of Local Sustainability and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Thursday, July 16, 2020
9:00-10:00 AM EDT WATCH THE RECORDING OF THE WEBINAR HERE Member-owned enterprises - or cooperatives - are catalysts for women’s economic empowerment. Through ownership of these businesses, women globally earn higher wages, have better market access, and more easily obtain leadership positions. However,... Read more
Jul 01, 2020
By Kristin Wilcox Feldman, Chief of Party, USAID CLEAR Program Link to article on Medium.com The impacts of Covid-19 are weighing heavily on so many of us right now. As reality sinks in it becomes evident that Covid-19’s weight has hit some of us more dramatically than others. As governments globally struggle to implement measures addressing preventative and acute health priorities they are also forced to recognize that the most vulnerable populations health-wise are also in overlapping categories of economic vulnerability. This has been particularly true for those working in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which the World Bank... Read more
Jun 02, 2020
Dear friends, The murder of George Floyd, yet another unarmed Black man, and the events of this past week have left so many of us feeling a profound sense of outrage, distrust and grief. Every single day, the Black community endures profiling, violence and inequality due to systemic racism and injustice. As organizations dedicated to lifting the lives of the world’s most vulnerable, we stand with Black communities here at home as allies in the call for immediate and real change. The racial inequities in the United States are an affront to our values and the things we stand for at Global Communities and at PCI, a Global Communities Partner. We are heartened that millions of Americans from every state and every walk of life stand with us in this call. The two of us who sign this letter... Read more
Apr 06, 2020
Major international development organizations merge to expand reach of proven programs, scale solutions for transformational change alongside vulnerable communities around the world  Silver Spring, Md. and San Diego, Calif. – April 6, 2020 – International development and humanitarian assistance organizations Global Communities and Project Concern International (PCI) announce a merger in order to expand their work to improve lives and livelihoods in communities at home and around the world. At a time of unprecedented public health challenges, the merger of these two organizations will increase the impact of their proven programs and enable them to deliver sustainable change to tens of millions of people in over 35 countries.  Global Communities’ Board of Trustees and PCI’s... Read more
Apr 04, 2020
During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, Global Communities is using its past experience and technical expertise in the effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. At their core, Global Communities’ programs around the world focus on building trust with, and empowering, local communities and local governments. Now, we must translate that trust in creative ways to support activities for behavior change as well as other actions that support infectious disease response activity. Our field offices are proactively engaging donors and other stakeholders to discuss and plan for the impact that local COVID-19 response measures are likely to have on the implementation of our ongoing work. We are identifying areas where existing budget and staff resources can be re-purposed from originally planned... Read more
Apr 01, 2020
During this time of upheaval and uncertainty, Global Communities is using its past experience and technical expertise in the effort to address the COVID-19 crisis. At their core, Global Communities’ programs around the world focus on building trust with, and empowering, local communities and local governments. Now, we must translate that trust in creative ways to support activities for behavior change as well as other actions that support infectious disease response activity. Our field offices are proactively engaging donors and other stakeholders to discuss and plan for the impact that local COVID-19 response measures are likely to have on the implementation of our ongoing work. We are identifying areas where existing budget and staff resources can be re-purposed from originally planned... Read more
Nov 18, 2019
By Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for WASH Hundreds of millions of people globally do not have access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services. According to the WHO/UNICEF Global Joint Monitoring Program (JMP 2019), as of 2017, about 30 percent of the world’s population was without safely managed drinking water, and about 60 percent without access to a safely managed sanitation service. The situation is worse in rural areas, where 70 percent of the population lack basic services: as of 2017, 701 million were using unimproved pit latrines and 673 million still practiced open defecation. Three billion people still lacked basic handwashing facilities at home: 1.6 billion had limited facilities lacking soap or water, and 1.4 billion had no facility at all... Read more
Sep 30, 2019
The 2019 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, organized by the Water Institute at UNC explores drinking water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water resources in both the developing and developed worlds with a strong public health emphasis. The conference will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on October 7-11, 2019. Click here for registration and more info on the event. Global Communities will have representatives speaking at the following sessions: Monday, October 7 8:30am-10:00am: Planning for Success: Context-specific Programming for Rural Sanitation Side Event Convened by: USAID/WASHPaLS, Global Communities, UNICEF, WSSCC/... Read more
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