GLOBAL FAIRNESS INITIATIVE

Local Solutions for a Global Economy

aka GFI   |   Washington, DC   |  www.globalfairness.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Mr. Caleb Shreve

Main address

2000 P Street NW Suite 210

Washington, DC 20036 USA

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EIN

05-0563219

NTEE code info

International Economic Development (Q32)

International Exchanges (Q23)

International Agricultural Development (Q31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Global Fairness Initiative promotes a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development for the world's working poor by advancing fair wages, equal access to markets, and balanced public policy to generate opportunity and end the cycle of poverty. GFI works to empower workers and promote more equitable livelihoods.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Guinea-Bissau Livelihood Initiative (GBLI)

The Guinea-Bissau Livelihood Initiative (GBLI) is an integrated, market-focused project aimed at increasing agricultural production and processing and removing market barriers for small holder farmers, particularly in the cashew sector. The program goals are to economically empower poor producers and create permanent and effective market structures that will allow them to respond to market opportunities and improve their livelihoods.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Farmers

The Retail Opportunity Training Initiative (ROTI) is designed to bridge the opportunity gap between India’s underemployed women and the country’s fastest growing economic sector. Bridging this gap between available jobs and the fundamental hard and soft skills necessary to secure them is an essential step in addressing the challenge of the underemployment of women and to building the confident, well-prepared workforce necessary to maximize the success of India’s growth sectors. ROTI is supporting the professional growth and economic empowerment of 36,000 women by delivering certificate level training in retail sales designed to prepare graduates for market-facing job opportunities, and build a foundation of key life and livelihood skills.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Economically disadvantaged people

Better Brick Nepal (BBN) is a new three-year program which seeks to complement and expand upon existing initiatives to remove forced labor from Nepalese brick manufacturing as well as address broader environmental and labor issues inherent in the industry. The goal of this Brick Clean Initiative is to create sustainable and effective policies and structures that incentivize the socially and environmentally responsible production of quality bricks in Nepal and catalyze markets to support the entrenchment of “Better Bricks”. To this effort GFI brings a model of engagement and program implementation that builds strong links with government agencies, relevant private and multilateral organizations and key local stakeholders around productive solutions for the promotion of social and economic protection of marginalized or abused workers.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Children and youth

GFI in partnership with the Brick Clean Network has developed the Bridge Schools project in Nepal to provide access to a quality education for over 400 children of Brick Kiln Workers engaged in GFI’s Better Brick Nepal (BBN) Initiative.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Creating Your Future / Creando Tu Futuro – Workplace Skills Program is an innovative job skills training program aimed at building a strong foundation of technical and life skills knowledge for low income youth in Latin America. Launching in Argentina and Colombia, with a smaller pilot program in the Dominican Republic, the program will develop and deliver a blended platform of online learning modules and classroom instruction to 2200 low­-income youth with the goal of preparing graduates for secure, financially sustainable jobs in the organized sector.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Adolescents

To address the challenges and opportunities for the recycling in Peru, GFI and the Peru-based "Ciudad Saludable", lead by grassroots leader Albina Ruiz, have partnered to create a leadership development initiative to help target a significant leadership gap in grassroots level of the sector. Based on the 25 years of work experience, "Ciudad Saludable" and GFI will launch a business development module and leadership academy to help recyclers in Peru advance successful pilot interventions that, "Ciudad Saludable" has undertaken in Peru overt the past 5 years.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

The Tunisia Inclusive Labor Initiative (TILI) is a partnership between GFI, Partners for Democratic Change and the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS), a local Tunisian civil society organization. The goal of the TILI program is to catalyze opportunities and policies to create greater inclusion of Tunisia’s informal sector into the formal economy. The TILI program is working with government and civil society to increase Tunisia’s capacity to create policies that promote formalization, and to educate informal workers on core livelihood benefits accompanying formal participation in the economy. The program supports public institutions in better measuring and engaging the informal sector, it helps develop the capacity of informal workers to register and participate in government and provides support for the establishment of mechanisms that facilitate the extension of social protections.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of those who successfully gained employment after counseling

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Creando tu Futuro (CTF)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Child Labor - number of children protected through program actions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Better Brick Nepal (BBN)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GFI aims to use markets to support economic development and improve working conditions across the world.

Creating meaningful economic progress for the global poor requires people and programs that connect local knowledge and leadership with global innovation and structures. The Global Fairness Initiative believes in weaving together bottom-up capacity with top-down opportunity to create meaningful and sustainable livelihoods for small farmers, textile workers, and other marginalized poor communities around the world. GFI's multi-stakeholder, sustainable approach links grassroots communities with grasstops expertise to transition communities to centers of economic prosperity.

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. GFI's community-led development approach works with the world's working as equal partners and links them to GFI's DC-based grasstops experts. GFI engages governments to support small producers and create economic opportunity for the working poor, promotes economic development for vulnerable workers, develops sustainable solutions so the poor can benefit from green innovations, extends meaningful social standards to attract investments, and removes barriers to create equal access to high value markets.

In 2020, GFI reached over 100,000 individuals in 8 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to build capacity and create more secure and sustainable livelihoods.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GLOBAL FAIRNESS INITIATIVE

Board of directors
as of 12/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

President Danilo Türk

Albina Ruiz

Ciudad Saludable, Peru

Aivis Ronis

Jan Jones-Blackhurst

Caesar's Entertainment

Jose Ramos-Horta

Karen Tramontano

Blue Star Strategies

Kabine Komara

Paula Dobriansky

Harvard Kennedy School

Sally Painter

Blue Star Strategies

Shahnaz Rahat

Mera Maan Pvt Ltd

Zohreh Tabatabai

Quince Partners

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.