Global Solidarity Network

The CRS Global Solidarity Network (GSN) study e-broad program is an online learning community and curricular resource that offers students and faculty in the United States a deeper understanding of the challenges the world’s most vulnerable face, as well as their strength and resilience. It provides insight into the multi-faceted nature of humanitarian relief and development work as well as the principles that inform Catholic Relief Services and its partners.

 Fall 2014 Sessions: Food Security

What would it take to end world hunger? In the spirit of the 2014 Caritas Internationalis One Human Family, Food for All campaign, the Fall 2014 GSN will reflect on this question by drawing on CRS’ deep experience in agriculture, livelihoods, and food assistance, along with the agency’s rich history of advocating for the world’s most vulnerable.  

Session I: Unpacking Food Security—September 22-October 3, 2014

The course has ended, but please check the link for the resources.

Session II: Climate Change and Food Security in the World’s Most Vulnerable Regions—November 3-14, 2014

GSN Food Security 2.1It is projected that, by 2050, the world’s population will grow to 9 billion and agricultural production will need to increase by 70% to sustain the world’s food needs. (Source: FAO, 2009) In the world’s most vulnerable regions, this rising demand for food production will take place in an environment with more severe weather events, more lost production due to climate change, and increased stress on limited natural resources. This session will examine the relationship between food security and global climate change and will introduce students to the techniques and policy activities CRS is undertaking to become more climate-smart. One example is the groundbreaking Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, of which CRS is a founding partner, which aims to contribute to the African Union’s goal of helping 25 million farmers become food secure by 2025. Finally, the session will ask participants to reflect on our role in mitigating the impacts of global climate change on food security.


Spring 2015 Sessions: Technology and Justice: How Information Technology is Changing International Development

Information technology is an important tool in our lives now; this is true for international development too. These GSN sessions will explore the way information technology is revolutionizing international relief and development work, an area in which Catholic Relief Services is a recognized leader. Which sectors are utilizing this ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) and which innovations are vulnerable populations benefiting from the most? How does CRS plan and execute projects with justice in mind, particularly when creating partnerships across lines of business, government, and other non-government organizations?

Session I: ICT4D–Healthier Communities–February 9-20, 2015

How is information technology transforming fields like healthcare, education, and emergency preparedness?

Session II: ICT4D–Better Business–March 16-27, 2015

How can technology and new financial models help NGOs to co-invest in smarter solutions?

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