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2021 Year in Review: Re-cap of GlobalWA Issue Campaigns

2021 was a year of continued evolution of COVID, which exposed and exacerbated many weaknesses in our global society including gender inequality, supply chains, and vaccine inequities. Additionally, there have been many crises including the Haiti earthquake, the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, refugees fleeing violence in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, and the famine in Yemen, to name but a few.

Our global community has been responding, some with much success, to these and many ongoing issues. Below is a summary of our 2021 Issue Campaigns, events, spotlights, and features we have been reporting on culminating with an amazing Goalmakers Annual Conference. We hope you find these informative and useful for your ongoing mission work.


  • February: Climate Justice (SDG 13): Climate change has a greater impact on people living in low- and middle-income countries with few monetary resources, poor health conditions, insecure land rights, and fragile infrastructure. The climate impacts we are already seeing include severe droughts, growing food insecurity, wider disease transmission, and rising seas that threaten the very existence of many coastal cities and island nations. As is often the case, those who are most affected by a crisis have a great deal of insight and knowledge to create effective solutions. While Indigenous communities are often at greater risk from environmental degradation and climate effects, their long history of living from and caring for the land provides a unique perspective and an integrated set of solutions that can make sustainability a reality and help turn the tide on the climate crisis. Our February Issue Brief, Organization Profile on Landesa, Goalmaker Spotlight on James Mulbah from the Earthworm Foundation, and guest blog from Agros talks to the above points and issues. Additionally, we co-hosted an event with the Posner Center for International Development on “Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights”.

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In Many Ways, Heifer’s Principle of “passing on the Gift” Has Taken on New Forms, Just Like Their Work

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Local farmers supported by Heifer Ecuador built a farm-to-table food delivery system when the pandemic hit, delivering healthy food to households across the country. Credit: Isadora Romero/Heifer International

Heifer International has been on a 77-year journey to end hunger and poverty, not just in response to the greatest challenges of the times, but also with the goal of empowering families to create sustainable change for themselves.

Their story began in 1944, when Midwest farmer Dan West returned from volunteer service in the Spanish Civil War, where he helped feed refugees. But as a farmer, he became keenly aware that providing meals was a short-term solution. Instead, livestock could provide families a steady supply of nutritious food and even income. Read More


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Chege Ngugi has been the Africa Regional Director for ChildFund International since 2020, following nearly a decade serving as ChildFund’s country director for three of the organization’s program countries, including his native Kenya.

Chege grew up in rural Kenya, in a settlement area that had a mix of different tribes and ethnic groups with a variety of languages and levels of education. This environment taught Chege to work with a wide range of people from different cultures and backgrounds. He was close to his primary and secondary teachers. He said, “I attribute who I am to my teachers.” Read More

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PRESS RELEASE: Pat Garcia-Gonzalez Receives Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award by UICC

The Max Foundation CEO recognized for unwavering dedication to global, widespread health equity

The Max Foundation, a global non-profit organization that aims to make lifesaving cancer treatment universal, is thrilled to announce its CEO and co-founder Pat Garcia-Gonzalez won the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award in the Civil Society category. Given to leaders who drive innovation to advance cancer control in an equitable manner, this award celebrates a significant achievement in Pat’s relentless effort to expand access to cancer treatment for thousands of people worldwide. Read More

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