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-driven development since our inception.


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Our Impact

Integrity is a key element of our work. Our policies and procedures were developed with the intention of providing scaffolding for integrity through consumer-driven projects, expert-driven methods, and a commitment to transparency among all stakeholders.

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Global Partners has a very active Board of Directors that is constantly striving to deliver the most effective new services and fine tune existing initiatives. The Board of Directors, in partnership with our staff and local partners, make up a network of experts in various fields that provide timely input on research-driven project methodologies, management techniques, financial transparency, and the latest in engineering practices for the highest levels of quality and cost-effectiveness in international development work.

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Most recently, 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 works hand-in-hand with public schools and local leaders in East Africa to develop individualized, sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems facing their campuses and communities.  We engage with schools and communities to bolster indicators related to education through community-driven projects related to school infrastructure, water and health, and girls’ education and development.

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Our Partners

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