The process of globalisation means that time, space and distance have been conquered and our lives are now inextricably connected, more than ever. Global Hands will promote international development and cooperation through a focus on building the capacities of individuals and communities both in and outside the UK. This will be done through a range of activities including international development schools, running a skills bank to utilise the knowledge of experts and lay people as well as providing volunteering opportunities in different parts of the world.
The flagship of our international initiative is the International Development Hub built in The Gambia. The Hub will run community and development programmes in The Gambia and has the capacity to accommodate 35 people with plans to extend in the near future, increasing overall capacity to 100 people. The Hub will host international conferences and study visits in its capacity building facilities. It also houses the offices of Global Hands in The Gambia. These facilities have been built with the concept of sustainable development as its guiding principle. It will be able to sustain itself economically as well as be a hub for local and international capacity building with the following facilities:
Micro-finance & Business Incubation Centre
Institute of Technological Innovation
Youth and Community Hostel
Institute of Globalisation, Informal Education and Community Development
Gambia Development Schools
Global Hands runs regular Development Schools to The Gambia where participants can embark on a transformative journey lasting between 7 - 10 days to understand development from Southern perspectives. These study visits seek to engage participants to explore the impact of globalisation on a developing country as well as support participants develop cultural competence. It also seeks to afford them the opportunity to engage in the exchange of knowledge with Southern counterparts in addition to making a difference in their lives and the lives of others. There are plans to expand this to other countries as well as developing longer-term placement opportunities in other countries in the near future.