Our Model

Global Partners for Development works directly with community leaders in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to identify and implement development projects in the areas of education and public health.

Our mission is to take an authentic and sustainable approach to community-driven development in impoverished regions of East Africa. That means supporting schools and community-based organizations to manage education and public health interventions that generate lasting change for local people.

Our partnerships are essential to the realization of our mission. In our experience, working directly with local communities not only promotes human dignity, but also empowers people to break the vicious cycle of poverty. We value the insight of community leaders and school management committees on the real needs at hand and the best methods for tackling them.

Our vision is grounded in the belief that local people are the key to responsible development. We envision a world where even disenfranchised communities have the capacity to build sustainable solutions to the problems they face.

Our approach is to partner with local communities to identify, implement, and sustain projects that improve education and public health in rural East Africa.

Core Principles

Partnership

Partnerships are fundamental to Global Partners’ mission, vision and approach.

By working in partnership with local communities from project conception to implementation, we are ensuring that our interventions are driven by local insight, needs, objectives and leadership.

Effectiveness

Global Partners’ projects are community-driven but also evidence-based.

Every GPFD project is thoroughly researched before it is funded. Staff examine the extent to which each project builds the capacity of local people, meets local needs efficiently, and will remain effective over the long-term. Effectiveness is measured through partner feedback, systematic monitoring and quantitative impact evaluation. Evaluations are particularly critical to organizational learning, providing crucial data on the efficacy and sustainability of interventions in diverse local contexts.

Sustainability

Community engagement fosters long-term ownership.

Local, in-depth understanding of problems mean more viable solutions. Global Partners provides proactive project design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation support to ensure sustainable practices are developed, used, and maintained over time.

Compassion

The work of Global Partners represents a response to human distress, an acknowledgement of the global inter-connectedness of all people, and a dedication to improving the conditions and opportunities of those living in poverty.

Every Global Partners development project reiterates an overarching respect for human dignity regardless of circumstance. These projects provide people from the United States and East Africa with a way of articulating their compassion for one another in meaningful and tangible ways.

Integrity

Global Partners is reliably open and honest in its internal and external affairs.

Global Partners maintains its commitment to integrity by ensuring that its actions, beliefs, and methods consistently reflect each of its core principles. Transparency and accountability are integral to the organization’s structure, including all financial, managerial, and program operations. Funding decisions are only made after multiple levels of review by our African partners, GPFD staff, the Project Committee, and the Board of Directors. The high quality of our relationships with donors and partners allows us to enjoy, nurture, and sustain this level of transparency in everything we do.

In addition to the on-the-ground management provided by our Africa-based staff, our U.S.-based staff travels to Africa regularly to inspect current projects and interview potential partners. A number of our donors have participated in these trips to witness our projects first hand and meet the individuals benefiting from their support. These relationships, held together by a mutual commitment to improving the lives of future and current generations, have deeply impacted lives divided only by distance.

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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.

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Our Team

Global Partners has a diverse team of passionate individuals from the United States and East Africa who work tirelessly to realize its mission.

Daniel Casanova
Daniel CasanovaExecutive Director
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Amy Holter
Amy HolterDirector of Programs and Evaluation
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Sara D. Henning
Sara D. HenningDirector of Strategy
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Winnie Mutungi
Winnie MutungiMonitoring & Evaluation Officer
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Festus Juma
Festus JumaExecutive Director of SEP
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Joseph Ochieng
Joseph OchiengLead Technical Advisor for Kenya
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Juma Sulle
Juma SulleProject Coordinator for Tanzania
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Naome Rukundu and Amon Tusingwire
Naome Rukundu and Amon TusingwireWomen's Empowerment and Girls' Scholarship Coordinators
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Anne Angarola
Anne AngarolaCommunity-Driven Education Manager
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Marissa Machado
Marissa MachadoMarketing Associate
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Faustine Gwassa
Faustine GwassaCommunity-Driven Education Facilitator
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Jeremiah Mwakasonda
Jeremiah MwakasondaCommunity-Driven Education Facilitator
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George Okwir
George OkwirUganda Country Coordinator

Our Board

The Global Partners Board of Directors is made up of passionate, skilled, and highly-involved individuals. Many of them have been dedicated to serving the Board for decades.

John S. Cullison
John S. CullisonTreasurer
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Steven Hurt
Steven HurtProject Chair
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David J. Castenholz
David J. CastenholzDirector
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Anna Haight
Anna HaightVice President
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David Stare
David StarePresident
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Peter Verbiscar-Brown
Peter Verbiscar-BrownExecutive Director Emeritus
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Don Harris
Don HarrisPresident Emeritus
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Yvette White
Yvette WhiteDirector
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Marie Gewirtz
Marie GewirtzDirector
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Michael Glaser
Michael GlaserDirector
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Andy Witthohn
Andy WitthohnSecretary
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Our Advisory Board

We have a sincerely committed board of individuals that have dedicated their lives to our mission.

Alexis Martin
Alexis MartinAdvisory Board Member
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Rev. Mark Lancaster
Rev. Mark LancasterAdvisory Board Member
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Linda Lea, PHD
Linda Lea, PHDAdvisory Board Member
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Abigail Bridgman
Abigail BridgmanAdvisory Board Member
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Wendy Greene
Wendy GreeneAdvisory Board Member
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Our African Advisory Board

The members of our African Advisory Board provide invaluable local insight and experience to our organization.

John Malago
John Malago
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Maanda Ngoitiko
Maanda Ngoitiko
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Alias & Mary Marindat
Alias & Mary Marindat
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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.