Commonly Asked Questions
Global Partners was founded in 1978 as a membership organization called World Runners International Foundation. Its main objective was to focus attention on and generate support for ending hunger and starvation in the world. Over fifteen years, World Runners raised $6.5 million for organizations working to end hunger and poverty. Its success was built on a network of personal relationships, established by members from every state in the U.S. and more than 50 countries. In 1989, World Runners began to work directly with East African community leaders in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda to identify and implement projects and officially became Global Partners for Development in 1993.
We work hand-in-hand with grassroots organizations, primarily schools, on projects related to education and public health in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Using a school to implement development projects can help improve the community’s view of the importance of education and further associate education with village and family development.
We don’t do it alone! The projects Global Partners supports are community-driven and community-managed. Our team of indigenous and highly skilled African partners provides leadership training and program management. Local communities contribute their own project management resources, partial funding, labor and materials.
Global Partners receives contact from a local organization, leader, or other group with a request for partnership on a project that they believe can benefit their community. Initial project criteria include but are not limited to: compelling and well-defined needs; a logical theory of change revealing how the project will achieve its goals; a demonstration of organizational competency and dedication; high levels of community involvement; clear factors of self-sustainability; and a location reachable by Global Partners coordinators. Viable projects are vetted by the project committee and Board of Directors, and grants are approved based on need and merit of the grant request whether or not funds are currently available.
Integrity is a key element of our work. Project quality is monitored through monthly reporting from our African partners as well as from feedback from project consumers. Consumer need and satisfaction are very important parameters of our work and important indicators of the sustainability of our projects. In addition to consumer satisfaction, quantifiable project impact is a key component of our monitoring and evaluation system, especially when many similar projects will be carried out in the same region