Hands Across Borders

Join Global Communities for our annual Hands Across Borders gala to celebrate women and girls in San Diego and around the world. We will honor local and international community leaders, celebrate the progress we’ve made together over the last seven decades, and look forward to new opportunities to save lives, advance equity and build stronger, healthier futures for families and communities.

Friday, December 1, 2023  |  6:00pm PT

Hyatt Regency La Jolla
3777 La Jolla Village Drive
La Jolla CA 92122


Financial Inclusion Week 2023

Is digitalization for everyone? Lessons from village savings and lending groups

Savings and lending groups across the globe serve as a vital pathway for increasing financial inclusion among the unbanked, mostly women. The emergence of new technologies is changing the landscape for savings and lending groups and the entities that engage with them. Savings and lending group practitioners and members are increasingly using digital tools to manage group records, conduct financial transactions, and promote access to formal finance. However, is digitalization able to reach everyone? Who is been left behind? How can we make digitalization work for everyone? Can we make digitalization work for everyone?

Mabel Bejarano, Global Technical Advisor, Savings Groups and Women's Empowerment, Global Communities

David Myhre, Director of Partnerships & Co-Founder, My Oral Village
Koen de Beer, Project Manager, Cyclos
Innocent Mfinanga, Sustainable Markets and Livelihoods Advisor, Pact

October 16-19, 2023

Beyond Inclusive Economic Growth:

Harnessing the Power of Cooperatives and Savings Groups to Strengthen Resilient Communities

This event will explore the role of cooperatives and savings groups in building social capital and its value in promoting individual and community resiliency.

Thursday, August 10, 2023
9:30 -11:30 a.m. EST | 6:30-8:30 a.m. PST | 4:30-6:30 p.m. EAT

NGO Forum Webinar

Innovations in Savings Group Programming for Women's Empowerment

This session will explore innovations in savings group programming that have the potential to transform unequal gender norms, reduce violence, strengthen women's digital and financial inclusion and expand the benefits of savings groups for members with limited literacy and numeracy.

Thursday, March 16, 2023 | 9:30 to 11 a.m. EST
French and Spanish translation will be provided for this event.
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EFFECTS Study Webinar

Global Communities presented results from EFFECTS, a 5-arm cluster-randomized trial implemented in Northern Tanzania, on March 22, 2022.

Do engaging fathers and bundling nutrition and parenting interventions improve young child diets and development and promote gender equality?