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Apr 16, 2021
What will hindsight look like in 2022? The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published. By Elissa McCarter LaBorde, CEO at Vitas Group President Joe Biden’s recent announcement that all adults will be... Read more
Apr 06, 2021
For several decades, Global Communities and PCI, a Global Communities Partner, have taken a comprehensive, integrated approach to health programming. The merger of Global Communities and PCI one year ago coincided with the onset of the pandemic, and its responses are well informed by the rich history in health programming that each organization brought to the merger itself. Our responses to the coronavirus also reinforce the importance of our broader health programming, with an emphasis on social mobilization and health behavior change. The needs brought into focus by COVID-19 have reinforced the importance of our water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programming, prioritizing community engagement, strong local partnerships, and long-term sustainability, everywhere we work. Additionally,... Read more
Mar 23, 2021
This commentary is by Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for Water and Sanitation I was wrong about water supply and sanitation in the United States. When I volunteered in Honduras as a civil engineer with the U.S. Peace Corps in the mid-1970s, I believed that water supply and sanitation needs in the United States were well taken care of and that my skills and passion would be best used working in developing countries. I have since learned that there are significant numbers of underserved people in the United States who do not have equitable access to safe drinking water supply and/or safely managed sanitation. The more that I learn about the causes of the WASH problems and... Read more
Mar 22, 2021
Paula Rudnicka, Sr. Technical advisor for Gender Integration, PCI, A Global Communities Partner It has been over a year since COVID-19 brought much of the world to a halt and exacerbated  the most pressing development challenges, including inadequate and unsustainable access to water. According to pre-pandemic estimates, more than 2 billion people around the globe were unable to access safely managed drinking water services and 3 billion lacked basic handwashing facilities. With global lockdowns, economic recession, and diverted public resources, the number of people experiencing water insecurity is expected to rise. This is particularly true for communities... Read more
Mar 18, 2021
By Elissa McCarter LaBorde, Vice President, Development Finance, Global Communities This article was originally published by The Business of Business Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?  My five-year old son Remy has a classic answer for many little boys: He is adamant that he wants to be a firefighter. This is perhaps on me, since I introduced him to Fireman Sam to keep him occupied during my work calls. It’s too early to talk to him about occupational safety, injury risks and long-term earnings and savings. But thinking about his future makes me wonder, what will a secure job look like moving forward?  A new... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
On International Women’s Day, Global Communities celebrates the strength of the many women and girls living in humanitarian crises around the world. Women and girls are often at significantly increased risk of harm – such as gender-based violence (GBV) – during emergencies. Harmful social norms, gender inequalities, and denial of power or opportunity are exacerbated during conflict and crisis as a result of displacement, loss of community, negative coping strategies, and psychosocial trauma. We are committed to the belief that gender equality is essential to achieving effective and life-saving humanitarian action. Practically, this means: Engaging women and girls directly as partners, including empowering grassroots women’s organizations, to not dictate but rather to listen and empower... Read more
Mar 08, 2021
On International Women’s Day, Global Communities celebrates the strength of the many women and girls living in humanitarian crises around the world. We believe that gender equality is essential to achieving effective and life-saving humanitarian action. For us, this means engaging women and girls directly as partners, including empowering grassroots women’s organizations, to not dictate but rather to listen and empower those that are affected. Women and girls are the best placed to make change for themselves and their communities, especially to rebuild after a crisis. Our approach to addressing GBV in crises supports the goals of the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies: Establish specialized GBV services and programs that are accessible to anyone... Read more
Dec 09, 2020
From The New Humanitarian Money! Money! Money! So many of the day-to-day realities of the humanitarian sector are driven by money: who gets it, how it's distributed, and what it's intended for. So you can't rethink humanitarianism without also rethinking the money. In this fifth episode of the Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast, join hosts Heba Aly, director of The New Humanitarian, and Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, as they unpack how money flows through... Read more
Nov 18, 2020
By Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for WASH With billions of people lacking access to the safe, sustainable sanitation essential for public health and for eradicating extreme poverty, World Toilet Day is not a day for celebration, but rather a day to sound the call for action on the global sanitation crisis. Global Communities embraces sustainable sanitation as essential for public health and for lifting people out of poverty. We recognize the need for a fundamental shift in approach in WASH interventions if the world is to attain the... Read more
Oct 29, 2020
This press release was originally published on the Millennium Water Alliance website. Washington, DC, October 28, 2020 – The Millennium Water Alliance Board of Directors has approved the membership of Global Communities, a development and humanitarian assistance organization with operations in 26 countries in the Western  Hemisphere, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, as the newest member of the Alliance. “At a time of unprecedented global health challenges, Global Communities looks forward to working with the Millennium Water Alliance to advance safe hygiene and access to clean water for communities around the world,” said David A. Weiss, CEO of Global Communities. “We see opportunities to learn from MWA’s highly respected members, to... Read more
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