Global Partners for Development

From the beginning, Global Partners has relentlessly pursued long-term solutions to the needs facing East African communities by focusing on community-driven development. The Global Partners grant process begins when people from rural villages across East Africa present their visions about how to improve their lives. From school infrastructure to clean water sources, schools and communities bring forward innovative and locally relevant project ideas that provide insight into their daily needs, social constructs, political networks, and hopes for the future. Global Partners projects are proposed and managed by local people who embrace project ownership throughout the implementation process and take responsibility for the project for years into the future.


V2V Wine & Food Safari Weekend

We are deeply saddened at the losses sustained by so many of those we love here in Sonoma County as a result of devastating wildfires. Founder of Vineyards to Villages, David Stare, lost his home, and Paradise Ridge, a V2V partner, lost their winery. The spirit of Sonoma County is strong, and the Safari will go on. None of the wineries still on the Safari have been affected by the fires and still offer the same wonderful experiences in beautiful settings.

As an organization that has responded to global communities in need for almost 40 years, we recognize that our local community needs us now. We have decided to contribute half of the funds raised from the V2V Wine & Food Safari to a local organization called the Active 20-30 Club, which will be partially matching these funds. The Active 20-30 Club will partner with us to fund long-term disaster relief efforts for children in Sonoma County that have been most devastated by the fires. The other half of the funds will continue to fund clean water projects at schools in East Africa.

The signs posted anonymously around Sonoma County continue to ring true – “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke.”

What is V2V?

Vineyards to Villages (V2V) was started by members of the Sonoma County wine industry in partnership with Global Partners for Development to bring clean water infrastructure to schools in East Africa. The V2V Wine & Food Safari is an opportunity to eat, drink, and be merry in beautiful wine country, all while addressing the global water crisis that continues to take the lives of children around the world every day.

What happens on Safari?

People who go on Safari get complimentary tastings at wineries across Sonoma County from November 10-12, discounts at local restaurants, hotels, and tour companies, entry into raffles, a keepsake wine glass, access to special weekend events, and more! 100% of all ticket sales go directly to support children affected by local wildfires and water projects at schools in East Africa. Participating wineries also donate a portion of the sales of every bottle sold over the weekend to these causes.

November 10-12, 2017.


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.

People directly served from medical shipments
People directly served from water systems
Scholarship grants for girls
School infrastructure 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 Developments partners with organizations that share our vision and mission for community-driven grassroots development in East Africa.