International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security

Global Fairness Initiative

  • Washington, DC
  • www.globalfairness.org

Mission Statement

The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world’s poor by investing in workers, extending equal access to markets and driving balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty.   Since 2002, GFI has partnered with hundreds of marginalized working communities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia to enhance economic opportunities and build sustainable livelihoods. We have developed innovative programs to preserve and create jobs, empowered women by removing barriers to economic success, advanced fair wages and expanded revenues so that communities of promise can become centers of prosperity.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Promoting Informal Labor Rights
  3. Women Farmers Livlihood Initiative
  4. Salt Workers Economic Empowerment Program
Service Areas

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International

GFI works globally on issues of economic access for the poor with active programs in Africa, South Asia and Latin America and program experience in Easter Europe and Eurasia.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer since 2008

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Mr. Caleb Shreve

Keywords

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poverty, poor, economic development, poverty elevation, stakeholder engagement, justice, economic policy, globalization, trade, development, process, relationship-based, model, public policy, engage government, negotiation, financial, fund, loans, missing middle, financing, workforce, labor, informal sector, market access, free trade, fair trade, fairness, farmer, textiles, garments, factory, agriculture, crops, women, Washington, dc, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Central America, India, Guatemala, Tanzania, Nicaragua

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Also Known As

GFI

EIN

05-0563219

 Number

6327928940

Physical Address

2122 P Street, NW Suite 302

Washington, DC 20037

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Exchanges (Q23)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

1. The Grassroots Trading Network: GFI is working with Southern grassroots producer organizations to establish a trade facilitation and capacity building mechanism for poor producer organizations worldwide. When implemented, GTN will be a unique tool for helping poor producers overcome critical commercial disadvantages and to participate more fully in the global economy. 2. A Growth Strategy for Cambodia in an Era of Free Trade: This is a multi-sectoral engagement model to address the impact on Cambodia's economy of the 2005 expiration of the Multi-Fiber Agreement (MFA). Gathering together leadership from business, government, labor, civil society and multilaterals, this process will explore ways that Cambodia could retain its textile job base and expand into other export sectors by leveraging its uniquely just, internationally recognized and well-enforced labor code. 3. The Ukraine in Europe and the World Project: A stakeholder engagement process designed to plot a technical path to European economic integration and build closer economic, political and security relationships between Ukraine and the Euro-Atlantic community. Ukraine is at a critical crossroad, and decisions its leadership makes regarding the rule of law, democracy and its institutions, trade relations and trading partners, and basic freedoms for its citizens will have lasting effects for Ukrainians and Europeans alike.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Promoting Informal Labor Rights

GFI currently implements PILAR (Promoting Informal Labor Rights), a two-year project funded by the US Department of State to improve government capacity to collect data on the informal sector while developing strategies that encourage formalization, as well as provide capacity building to informal sector workers in Nicaragua and Guatemala. Using GFI’s multi-stakeholder approach, we are working with a broad range of formal and informal worker organizations, government ministries, the private sector, and key civil society organizations to finalize a national strategy (road map) for formalization for both countries

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Program 3

Women Farmers Livlihood Initiative

The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) - in partnership with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), The Prince of Wales Foundation and Duchy Originals - is creating high-value, sustainable markets and distribution networks for environmentally sustainable, women-owned agricultural production in India. The Women Farmers Livelihood Initiative (WFLI) is designed as an adaptive and integrated project to improve product value and remove market barriers for women farmers of the SEWA community. Project goals are aimed at economic empowerment for poor women producers and the creation of local market structures and distribution networks that respond to price fluctuations and create lasting linkages between the SEWA producers and regional, national and international buyers.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 4

Salt Workers Economic Empowerment Program

The Salt Workers Economic Empowerment Program (SWEEP) is a collaborative project of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI) and the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) designed to improve economic opportunity and empowerment for women salt farmers and introduce environmentally sustainable energy solutions to lower production costs so that the poor too can benefit from “green technology.” Capitalizing on sustainable technology and production methods, improved links to high-value markets and greater local control of energy costs, SWEEP gives women producers the tools, access and voice to better realize profits and achieve their personal and community livelihood goals.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$1,500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

GFI works globally on issues of economic access for the poor with active programs in Africa, South Asia and Latin America and program experience in Easter Europe and Eurasia.

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THE GLOBAL FAIRNESS INITIATIVE
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Global Fairness Initiative

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Caleb Shreve

BIO

Caleb is the Executive Director of the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), a not-for-profit international development organization committed to improving livelihoods for the working poor. Before joining GFI, Caleb was founder and lead partner of the Tidewater Group, a Washington, DC based organization serving non-profits and foundations on the forefront of international development. During his 7 years at Tidewater Caleb worked with clients around the globe to implement initiatives targeted at helping vulnerable communities gain access to essential services, knowledge and core financing.
Prior to his work with Tidewater, Caleb served on the White House staff of former President William Clinton and on the leadership team of New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. He has also held senior positions with the Corporation for National Service's Americorps program, the International Broadcasting Bureau and the Democratic Presidential Campaigns of Senator John Kerry and Barack Obama.  A native of Washington, DC, Caleb received bachelor’s degrees in degrees in Political Science and English Literature.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"At the Global Fairness Initiative we see poverty in the clear economic terms in which it operates, and as a broad economic problem we believe that the multiple players and tools available should be applied to realize true poverty solutions. This means that along with the working poor and development community, government, private industry and civil society must all play a role to address economic failures. This multi-stakeholder strategy lies at the core of GFI’s livelihood development initiatives and all of our programs start by bringing together the necessary actors to deal with an economic challenge. Using this design we start our work at real scale instead of building up to it, and through this stakeholder process we drive broad solutions, investments, collaboration, and most importantly access for the working poor to engage with the people and issues that impact their economic success. This access is the fundamental fairness issue that we seek to advance in GFI programs and is so often at the core of economic marginalization. 
Whether you have known our work for a while, or are just learning about the Global Fairness Initiative approach we encourage you to look closer and get more involved.   Like the issue we work on, GFI engages at many levels and requires an extra glance or two, but ultimately our mission is quite clear: economic empowerment for the working poor."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

President Jose Maria Figueres

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Term: Jan 2009 - Dec 2011

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