Strengthening Local Governance and Promoting Citizen Participation

Global Communities worked in Nicaragua through the USAID-funded Municipal Governance Program to respond to the complex and changing governance environment in Nicaragua. The main components of this approach were local governance, fiscal transparency, and citizen participation. Global Communities helped to improve local governance by promoting the exercise of citizens’ rights and responsibilities in governance and local development, building the capacities of local civil society organizations and community-based organizations to successfully advocate on behalf of citizens, and placing an emphasis on conflict resolution and dialogue.

Combating Trafficking in Persons

With support from the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the program aimed to raise awareness, prevent, and protect against trafficking in persons (TIP) on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, particularly in Bluefields, Bilwi and Waspam. The program also built local capacity, with a focus on anti-TIP efforts, including the development of victim identification systems and immediate victim’s assistance services within local NGOs and alliances.

Improving Regional Health Facilities

Global Communities rehabilitated and expanded the Medical Supplies Warehouse of the Dr. Ernesto Sequeira Blanco Regional Training Hospital in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Activities included rehabilitation and expansion of the existing facility, provision of furniture, upgraded flooring and temperature and humidity control equipment as well as training on proper storage. The project also improved storage conditions of medical supplies and medicine that served a population of close to 150,000 people.