Sep 01, 2021
Unified organization brings deeper expertise, broader reach to urgent development challenges  Silver Spring, Md. – On September 1, 2021, a significant merger in the international development sector was completed between Silver Spring, Md.-based Global Communities and San Diego, Ca.-based Project Concern International (PCI).    In April 2020, Global Communities and PCI announced their merger based on shared missions and complementary areas of technical expertise and geographic reach. The unified organization, known as Global Communities, has deep roots in more than 35 countries and the ability to reach millions of people with sustainable, impactful programs that improve lives and livelihoods.    Global Communities works at the nexus of humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and... Read more
Jul 15, 2021
In April 2020, Global Communities announced our merger with global development organization Project Concern International (PCI). We’re happy to share successes from both our organizations in our joint 2020 Annual Report. Drawing from decades of experience combating epidemics and communicable diseases, learn how our global program teams met the challenges of COVID-19 with ingenuity, skill and compassion, helping families in conflict zones and hard-hit communities around the world continue to access critical health information, food and other services. And, hear more from our leadership as we begin a new and exciting journey as a unified organization working to build a more just, prosperous and... Read more
Jun 10, 2021
Executive Summary Global Communities respects the dignity and humanity of all people, unequivocally condemns racism and racial injustice everywhere and in all its forms and stands strongly against all racist violence and discrimination. Our organization’s mission, vision and values center on building a more just and equitable world, which requires an active effort to confront historic barriers to dignity, equity and inclusion. As part of our journey to becoming an antiracist organization, we will hold ourselves accountable to the following commitments: Dismantle structural inequities in our work Promote ongoing self-examination and continuous improvement Speak out and lead while learning Commitment to Race Equity Global Communities respects the dignity and humanity of every individual and... Read more
May 28, 2021
By Ashleigh Mullinax, Knowledge Management & Learning Manager, Global Communities By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (more commonly known as CLA) as it has become a fixture at USAID over the past decade, slowly growing from an esoteric concept discussed by few to a regular requirement in USAID solicitations. CLA is a philosophy that draws from many existing disciplines and schools of thought including adaptive management, design thinking, complexity... Read more
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
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