About Us

GFDD is a non profit, non partisan organization dedicated to the advancement of global collaboration and exchange relevant to Dominican professionals, general audiences and institutions in the homeland and abroad. The Foundation conducts research, enhances public understanding, designs public policies, devises strategies, and offers capacity building in areas crucial to social, economic, democratic and cultural sustainable development.

GFDD promotes better understanding and appreciation of Dominican culture, values and heritage in the Dominican Republic, US and worldwide.

GFDD creates, facilitates, and implements wider scope international human development projects, building on its own experience, expertise and strong national and international networks.

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Brief History

GFDD is the sister organization of FUNGLODE in the US. FUNGLODE, created in the year 2000 by Dr. Leonel Fernández upon completing his first presidential mandate, has its headquarters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Dr. Leonel Fernández is the President of both institutions.

GFDD was incorporated under US law in 2002 to strengthen collaboration and exchange between the Dominican Republic and US based institutions, organizations and the Dominican diáspora.

GFDD has offices in Washington, DC and New York City.

Mission

GFDD formulates and implements initiatives that contribute to sustainable social, democratic, economic and cultural development and to the improvement of lives in the Dominican Republic and the Western Hemisphere.

Vision

GFDD brings new perspectives and innovative approaches and solutions to pressing issues and challenges of contemporary society in the Dominican Republic and the Americas. By means of strong partnerships and networks, the Foundation builds bridges and implements development promoting initiatives on a global level.

  • Year in Review

    Year in Review 2018

    2018 was a busy year filled with success and excitement for the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development. We invite you to look back on the most memorable moments from this special year in the Year in Review 2018.
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    Year in Review 2017

    In the twinkling of an eye, 2017 passed and we can truly say that we are proud of our accomplishments, of where we have been and the opportunities that we created to make a difference in the lives of so many. Our programs continued to offer a wide scope of options to fulfill the needs of all of our constituents.
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  • Year in Review

    Year in Review 2016

    It’s been fourteen years now since Global Foundation for Democracy and Development was launched with the mission of broadening the reach and impact of Funglode, its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, throughout the rest of the Western Hemisphere and the world. Since then, we have worked to enhance the local perspective on economic and social challenges faced by the Dominican Republic with information and knowledge on global trends and best practices, and in doing so help synthesize a set of specific policy solutions, influence public awareness and attitudes, and contribute to the country’s and the regions’ development in general.
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    Year in Review 2015

    It is with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment that we present you with the results of our hard work during 2015, through which we not only developed policies and brought expertise to all areas of society, but also provided practical skills and tools to empower and educate citizens all over the world.
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  • Year in Review

    Year in Review 2014

    Since we founded the GFDD and its sister organization in the Dominican Republic, Funglode, we have been engaging public, private, and multilateral entities as well as academia to raise awareness, promote professional and educational opportunities and foster cooperation and interaction with the wider international community, enhancing the role of the Dominican Republic and its diaspora in the global arena.
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    Year in Review 2013

    Our work at GFDD encompasses a broad spectrum of critical areas including the environment and sustainable development, media, information and communications technology, economy, international affairs, democracy and globalization.
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    Year in Review 2012

    Definitely, 2012 has been a busy year for GFDD, and included many significant achievements that we would like to share with you…
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  • Year in Review

    Year in Review 2011

    The Foundation has continued to expand its scope of work in innovative ways that have allowed it to enlarge its reach…
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  • Year In Review

    Annual Report 2009 – 2010

    The role of the GFDD in the international arena has been consolidated with new partnerships and alliances…
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    Taking stock of 2008

    There have been several highlights to the year across…
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    Year in Review 2007

    GFDD flagship programs have grown and consolidaded…
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    The First Three Years 2004 – 2006

    GFDD has striven to respond to the needs of…
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