SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals: Bringing Global Goals to the Last Mile

Together with local in-country partners, Green Empowerment brings sustainable development to the last mile. The UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 Partnership for Goals strengthens the means of implementation and revitalizes the global partnership for sustainable development. As a U.S. based organization with access to resources, Green Empowerment considers it our duty to share these…

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Navigating Uncharted Waters: Successes and Lessons Learned in 2020

It seems as if the whole world is taking one deep, collective breath as the end of 2020 approaches. Although we are looking forward to what the new year will bring, the lessons learned in 2020 are crucial for the future of our global community. This year brought much uncertainty, yet one thing remained steadfast…

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The Silver Lining of the Pandemic: Virtual Capacity Building

When COVID-19 shut down Green Empowerment projects across Latin America, our staff and local partners were initially devastated. The renewable energy and clean water projects we were looking forward to supporting were put on an indefinite hold at a time when communities most needed those resources. However, we quickly pivoted by brainstorming and then executing…

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What Flows from a Protected Watershed?

In honor of Earth Day we are thrilled to share that earlier this month the government of Nicaragua officially recognized the “Reserva Silvestre, El Cua,” established by our local partner organization the Association of Rural Development Workers- Ben Linder (ATDER-BL), as one unified forest reserve. The reserve was built piece by piece over the last…

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Investing in Resiliency in Amaguaya, Bolivia

Perched on the banks of a small river in the vast, rugged landscape of the Andes Mountains sits the community of Amaguaya.  The Aymara people who call Amaguaya home have made their living for generations through raising llamas and farming potatoes. Though small by some standards, this community of 56 families is a hub in…

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A World Powered by Poop?

Written by Green Empowerment Technical Manager, Elise KittrellA world powered by poop. Poop you say? Gross, right? Well not for the RedBioLAC, a consortium of biogas practitioners in Latin America and the Caribbean that meet annually to find ways to turn animal waste, human waste and organic waste into methane gas for cooking and a…

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Meet the Women of TONIBUNG

Written by Koto Kishida, Green Empowerment Malaysia Program ManagerGreen Empowerment works with partner organizations around the world to ensure our projects are shaped by local expertise. We started working with PACOS Trust in 2001 to build a micro-hydro system in Sarawak. That project inspired PACOS to create a rural electrification program, which eventually became TObpinai…

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Q&A with Narasimha Kumar, Encore Fellow at GE

This interview was conducted by GE volunteer Kendra Sterneck.About Encore Fellow ProgramThe Social Venture Partners of Portland manages the Encore Fellows Program, an innovative initiative that matches seasoned professionals with local nonprofits for a yearlong fellowship. Intel has a partnership with the Encore Fellows Program, whereby individuals who are retiring from the tech company are…

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Community Empowerment Expansion in Nicaragua: Project Update

This post was written by GE volunteer Kendra Sterneck.El Jazmin, located in the region of Boaco in central Nicaragua, is a community that faces many complex problems, including high rates of poverty, ineffective community organization and environmental degradation. Malnutrition, air pollution, and a lack of access to potable water and clean energy result in severe…

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Green Empowerment’s Integrated Approach to WASH

Clean water, basic toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for human survival and development. Unfortunately, across the globe, approximately 663 million people – 1 in 10 – lack access to safe water, and 2.4 billion people – 1 in 3 – lack access to adequate sanitation. Without basic infrastructure to fulfill these needs, communities…

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