Global Partners for Development

Global Partners has been committed to community-led initiatives since the organization’s founding 40 years ago. We began working directly with communities in East Africa in 1989. The notion that local stakeholders must be actively involved in development projects is somewhat new in the broader development world, but Global Partners has been practicing community-led development since our inception.


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Our Impact

Last fiscal year:

  • 1,709 community members partnered with us to improve education for their children.
  • 33,149 students, teachers, and community members benefited from clean water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.
  • 17,440 students, teachers, and community members benefited from school infrastructure projects that created safe environments conducive to learning.
  • 904 community members benefited from improved medical care.
  • Students in our partner schools saw a 54% increase in student attendance over schools who didn’t partner with GPFD.

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Global Partners completed an analysis of the impacts of the Kasipul Constituency Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (KC WASH) project at Apondo Primary School in rural western Kenya. The evaluation used a difference-in-difference methodology to evaluate the effects of the WASH project on child education and health. Findings suggest that the WASH project at Apondo reduced rates of diarrhea and parasitic and respiratory infection for the students, as well as giving them the ability to spend significantly more time on homework.


Since our inception, Global Partners’ projects have benefited more than 3 million people in East Africa. The calculated numbers below represent our impact since we implemented a new M&E system in 2014.

People directly served from water systems
Education infrastructure project beneficiaries
Total direct project beneficiaries

Our Programs

Global Partners’ mission is to advance community-owned initiatives in East Africa. We envision a world where every community has the capacity and power to implement dynamic, sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.

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Our Partners

Global Partners for Development partners with organizations that share our vision and mission for community-led grassroots development in East Africa.