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David Weiss
David A. Weiss is President and CEO of Global Communities (formerly CHF International). Global Communities is is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable.

In the course of his career, Weiss has worked extensively in the U.S. government, in the Peace Corps, as a Foreign Service Officer and as a Trade Negotiator, as well as in government relations for a major law firm. He took on his current role as President and CEO of Global Communities in October 2010, having previously served on Global Communities' Board of Directors including as Chairman of the Board.

Weiss has lived in the former Yugoslavia, India, Germany, Switzerland, Bangladesh and Haiti. He is currently based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Entries by David Weiss

Sector 4: The Ebola Detectives

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:11 PM

One afternoon last month a man fell out of a dilapidated taxi near Monrovia. He seemed unwell and confused. Two young men nearby ran to the man, picked him up and put him back into the car. The taxi drove away, and the young men disappeared into the crowded streets...

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Five Years Later: Haiti's Progress, Before and After the Earthquake

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 9:55 AM


As we remember the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti five years ago, it is important that we understand that tragic event in the broader context of that nation's recent history. Thirty-four years...

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Building a Green Economy for the Middle East

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 7:57 AM

The 21st century is experiencing many huge global transformations. More than half the world's population now live in cities; at the same time, climate change is causing more and more natural disasters, and those disasters are increasingly affecting urban areas. The world's population is also getting younger, with a huge...

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Ending Human Trafficking in Honduras

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 11:10 AM

2014-11-20-trafficking.jpgA victim of trafficking, now residing back in Honduras, who received assistance from Global Communities and local partners.

In 2007, with no money to support her children and wanting to escape the violence of Honduras, Diana traveled to...

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From Slums to Significance: the Communities Shaping our Urban Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2014 | 2:42 PM

The two megatrends of demographic growth and urbanization are rapidly transforming human settlement from rural to predominantly urban environments. This is particularly true in Asia and Africa, where the UN forecasts that the urban population will grow from 2.3 billion people in 2011 to 4.5 billion in 2050....

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Syria: Refugee Communities and Redrawing the Map of the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 2:23 PM

2014-08-21-syrianrefugeefamily.jpgOver the past months, headlines have been dominated by multiple crises in the Middle East. These crises have been caused by conflicts so complex, one can easily be overwhelmed when looking for answers and solutions. And while much coverage has shifted...

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Reacting Is Not Enough -- Ebola Crisis Demands International Collaboration in Prevention

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:09 PM

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is inflicting unprecedented horrors upon those least equipped to combat the virus. Despite headlines of experimental treatments and vaccinations, these efforts are in their early days. But we know from public health experts that there are concrete steps we can take to stop its...

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Good Governance -- A Sustainable Development Goal Too Essential To Be Side-lined

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 12:13 PM


What do the public in the USA, UK, France and Germany consider the greatest impediment to global development? According to new research by the Gates Foundation and partners released at the InterAction forum last month called the Narrative Project, the...

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Innovating in an Urbanizing World: Leading From the Middle

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 5:40 PM

Last month, I attended UN Habitat's World Urban Forum, the world's premier gathering on the subject of cities and our urban future. Every two years, stakeholders from across the globe come together at the Forum to examine the most pressing issues facing our rapidly urbanizing world. Over the next three...

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From Galaxy Street to Jerk Close: Addressing the Future of an Oil City

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 1:35 PM

It's hard to imagine life without addresses. How would you receive mail? How would you call emergency services? Or how would you simply direct someone to where you live? We live with Google Maps or GPS systems where we can type in addresses and get immediate directions. We can follow...

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Africa's New Generation of Young Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Rose MboneDespite bleak messages about the state of African politics, young leaders like Rose Mbone (right) demonstrate that there is reason for optimism.

Recently, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation chose not to...

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Helping the Hosts -- Meeting Grass-Roots Needs in Jordan

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Imagine if the entire population of your nearest neighboring town or city suddenly moved to where you live, nearly doubling the population. Think about some of the challenges you and your community would face in terms of your access to public services, schooling, jobs and social services. In the United...

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LabourNet -- Empowering Informal Workers Through Sustainable Social Enterprise

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 5:38 PM

One of the challenges we at Global Communities face in empowering communities to lead their own development is how to ensure the sustainability of our work. Social enterprise—applying commercial strategies to meet the needs of human wellbeing—is one of the most effective ways of doing this. Social enterprises are mission-driven,...

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Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 11:06 AM

A few days ago, at a Las Vegas-based conference sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, former Pennsylvania governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge summed up a key challenge we face in the development community. As reported by the Las Vegas...

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On Earth Day, Lessons Learned From a Ghanaian Slum

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 9:42 AM

The urgency of Earth Day has changed.

In 1970, when America celebrated its first Earth Day, hybrid cars and eco-friendly light bulbs weren't even a blip on the radar screen. Now is a far different time. In 2013, celebrating Earth Day has become a critical moment around the globe...

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Kenya Elections: Reducing Political Violence Through Community Dialogue

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 10:20 AM

All eyes are on Kenya in today's general election -- the first since 2007 when contested results caused an eruption of violence that led to the deaths of over a thousand people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more. Since then, a new constitution has been created, providing a...

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Opportunity in the Middle East?

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 9:33 AM

As the U.S. Senate undergoes confirmation hearings on President Barack Obama's nominees for his new foreign policy team, we can expect many of the questions to revolve around what will become one of their biggest challenges: bringing stability to the Middle East. As difficult and intractable as the problems may...

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Don't Let Foreign Aid Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 12:28 PM

Well into the throes of the first significant post-election policy debate, we're hearing a lot about whether Republicans and Democrats will be able to work together to prevent the country from falling off the fiscal cliff. As the media frenzy wages on, we all hope that both sides of the...

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To Our Next President: Global Leadership Begins With Foreign Aid

(8) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:55 PM

With Election Day here and the race for the White House at its end, and with the recent headlines dominated by the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, the bloody conflict in the Middle East, and the dreaded "fiscal cliff" approaching Congress, it couldn't be more clear that the next president...

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The Urban Poor, Climate Change and the Future of Cities Around the World

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 6:11 PM

Most people now recognize that the unfolding dangers of climate change demand worldwide attention. But we should also be aware of the opportunities that exist within climate change adaptation to improve and transform some of the most vulnerable urban communities today.

On September 17, as part of a

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