Collaborating Institutions

  • Baylor University

    Baylor University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Texas and the largest Baptist university in the world. Baylor has grown to more than 14,000 students, and its nationally recognized academic divisions provide baccalaureate degree programs at the undergraduate, masters and doctorate levels. Baylor University also supports the Baylor Institute for Air Science (BIAS) whose mission is to foster stewardship of the environment through research, public service
    and the education of a new generation of scientist-pilots dedicated to environmental research. BIAS interacts with government and university officials world-wide regarding programs that use biomass fuels in aircraft and air quality monitoring programs using instrumented aircraft. BIAS conducts conferences, seminars and demonstrations on critical issues of air pollution, the development of renewable transportation fuels and the imperatives concerning environmental stewardship. Institute for
    Air Science

  • Canadian Foundation for the Americas

    Founded in 1990, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas is an independent policy institute, based in Ottawa, that fosters informed analysis and debate on social, political and economic issues facing the Americas. We support a greater understanding of these issues in Canada and throughout the region. In March 2006 FOCAL and GFDD/FUNGLODE signed a 5-year agreement on technical cooperation, diplomatic and international matters, and professional trainings and research projects.

  • Caribbean Traveling Network Dominicano (CTN)

    Caribbean Traveling Network Dominicano (CTN) was funded in 1995 with the mission of transmitting and communicating opinions, analysis and available options related to the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic at a national and international level. Additionally, CTN has been expanding its programming to cover other areas such culture, art, business, commerce, among others. CTN is transmitted through the national channels of Teleuniverso and channel 29. CTN has signed different
    collaborating agreements with international broadcasting institutions such as Discovery Channel, ESPN and Color Visión, among others.

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies

    The Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS addresses the full spectrum of new challenges to national and international security by maintaining resident experts on all of the world’s major geographical regions in an attempt to helping to develop new methods of governance for the global age; to this end, CSIS has programs on technology and public policy, international trade and finance, and energy. For four decades, the CSIS has been dedicated to providing world leaders
    with strategic insights on – and policy solutions to – current and emerging global issues. Since 2002, Dr. Leonel Fernández is President of the U.S.-Caribbean Executives Club, part of the CSIS and, as President Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, GFDD, has participated in several joint programs.

  • Climate Institute

    The Climate Institute brings up to date serious issues of climate changes to national and international decision-makers. The institute promotes symposia, conferences, roundtables, and special briefings to more than 30 countries, which includes developed and developing economies.

  • Columbia University

    From its beginnings in a schoolhouse in lower Manhattan, Columbia University has grown to encompass two principal campuses: the historic, neoclassical campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood and the modern Medical Center further uptown, in Washington Heights. Today, Columbia is one of the top academic and research institutions in the world, conducting pathbreaking research in medicine, science, the arts, and the humanities. It includes three undergraduate schools, thirteen
    graduate and professional schools, and a school of continuing education. FGDD/GFDD has an agreement of cooperation with Columbia University to work on economic development.

  • Consorcio-Red de Educación a Distancia

    The Inter-American Distance Education Consortium, CREAD (Consorcio-Red de Educación a Distancia,) is a not-for-profit consortium of individuals and institutions throughout the Americas which promotes the use of educational technology and distance education to increase educational possibilities through international and inter-institutional cooperation, resource sharing and partnerships. The Consortium is supported by its host institution, Nova Southeastern University , in South
    Florida .

  • Council of the Americas

    The Council of the Americas is the leading U.S. business organization dedicated to promoting regional economic integration, free trade, open markets and investment, and the rule of law throughout the diverse regions within the Western Hemisphere. Global Foundation follows up closely its valuable work, and participates regularly in its discussion forums and conferences. The XXXIV Annual Conference took place at the State Department on May 3 and the Global Foundation for Democracy and
    Development was represented by its Executive Director, Ms. Natasha Despotovich.

  • Counterpart International

    Counterpart International has been working for over 40 years in the fields of humanitarian assistance, food security, health and nutrition, environment and conservation and civil society to give people a voice in their own future through smart partnerships offering options and access to tools for sustained social, economic and environmental development. CPI identifies counterparts, communities, companies and governments, across the globe, who can build lasting ties and work together
    to make things better. Counterpart International and FUNGLODE/GFDD signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2005 to work in the Dominican Republic with their program, Coral Gardens, to contribute to a sustainable development.

  • Daytona Beach Community College

    DBCC has a wonderful tradition of providing affordable quality education, small classroom sizes and excellent instructional help. The DBCC is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges. In order to solidify and place the continuous collaborations conducted by the DBCC and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, GFDD , an agreement of understanding was signed in January 2003 by President Leonel Fernández and Mr.Kent Sharples, President of DBCC. The last
    joint program that took place March 29, 2004 in Santo Domingo consisted of a digital media workshop.

  • Florida International University

    Florida International University – Miami’s public research university – is one of America’s most dynamic institutions of higher learning. Since opening in 1972, FIU has achieved many benchmarks of excellence that have taken other universities more than a century to reach. The University has a nationally renowned faculty known for their outstanding teaching and cutting-edge research; students from throughout the U.S. and more than 130 foreign countries; and its alumni have risen to
    prominence in every field and are a testament to the University’s academic excellence. The University offers more than 190 baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in 19 colleges and schools. Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, GFDD , has conducted several joint programs with FIU. President Leonel Fernández signed an agreement of collaboration with FIU April 30, 2003, when the “Strategic Alliance Dominican Republic-Florida” was launched.

  • Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development

    As part of the ongoing process of modernization of the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) was established at the beginning of 2000 to promote new and more effective forms of cooperation between its member states and to enhance partnerships with the private sector and civil society. The IACD’s mission is to tap the considerable capabilities of the member and observer states of the Organization of American States (OAS) and
    forge new private/public-sector partnerships to help the people of the Americas overcome poverty, benefit from the digital revolution and advance their economic and social development. The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development has an agreement of cooperation with the IACD and both institutions have partnered in several programs related to information and education technology.

  • Inter-American Dialogue

    The Inter-American Dialogue is the premier center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The Dialogue engages public and private leaders from across the Americas in efforts to develop and mobilize support for cooperative responses to key hemispheric problems and opportunities. By invitation from Mr. Peter Hakim, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, Dr. Leonel Fernández was elected as member in February 2, 2001. The Global
    Foundation for Democracy and Development has collaborated with this think tank in several occasions.

  • International Law Institute

    Since its founding as part of Georgetown University in 1955, the ILI has provided training and technical assistance to find practical solutions to the legal, economic and financial problems of developing countries training over 12,000 officials, managers, and professionals from more than 180 countries since its first seminar in 1971. Since 1983, ILI has been an independent, non-profit educational institution serving an international constituency of government officials, legal and
    business professionals and scholars from its headquarters in Washington, D.C. ILI’s mission is to raise levels of professional competence and capacity in all nations so that professionals everywhere may achieve practical solutions to common problems in ways that suit their nations’ own needs. In March 2004, President Leonel Fernández, on behalf of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development signed and agreement with the ILI to collaborate in projects related to finance, public a
    dministration, law and governance.

  • Miami-Dade Community College

    Established in 1959, the mission of Miami-Dade Community College is to make high-quality education available to the multi-cultural community that it serves at a reasonable cost. It has the highest number of minority graduates in the country. FUNGLODE/GFDD and Miami-Dade Community College have collaborated in several programs related to information technology.

  • Organization of American States (OAS)

    The Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the countries of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation and advance common interests. It is the region’s premier forum for multilateral dialogue and concerted action. At the core of the OAS mission is an unequivocal commitment to democracy, as expressed in the Inter-American Democratic Charter : “The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it.”
    Building on this foundation, the OAS works to promote good governance, strengthen human rights, foster peace and security , expand trade, and address the complex problems caused by poverty, drugs and corruption . Through decisions made by its political bodies and programs carried out by its General Secretariat, the OAS promotes greater inter-American cooperation and understanding. FUNGLODE/GFDD has an agreement of cooperation with OAS to strengthen education with the use of information

  • Organizing Committee: Dominican Week, USA & Puerto Rico

    Dominican Week or Semana dominicana in spanish committee has been contributing to the interaction of the Dominican Diaspora and national leadership so both these groups can help strengthen the influence of Dominicans in high levels of the United States.

  • Seton Hall University

    Seton Hall was founded in 1856 by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, the first bishop of Newark. Seton Hall’s campus is home to eight schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the W. Paul Stillman School of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Nursing, the Immaculate Conception School of Theology, the School of Graduate Medical Education, the School of Diplomacy and International Relations, and University College. Seton Hall’s School of Law is located in

  • Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez

    The University Consortium Ana G. Méndez, ( Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez ) SUAGM, is a private institution of higher education with 21,000 students, based in Puerto Rico. The Consortium is composed of three universities, the University of Turabo, Metropolitan University and University of the East, in ten different locations and one telecommunications and distance education center. For 50 years, SUAGM has been dedicated to providing quality education to all layers of Puerto
    Rican society. On January 2004, FGDD/GFDD signed an agreement of cooperation with SUAGM to pursue activities in fields of common interest to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology

    Founded in 1870 in Hoboken, NJ, Stevens is one of the leading technological universities in the country. It offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Unique to Stevens is its educational environment, called Technogenesis ®, where students, faculty and industry jointly nurture new technologies from concept to marketplace realization. FUNGLODE/GFDD signed an agreement of cooperation with SIT to design a strategy in technological development.

  • The Carter Center

    The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University , is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn , the Atlanta-based Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than 65 countries . Creating a world in which every man, woman, and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace.

  • The Center for Civic Education

    The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American Constitutional democracy. The mission of the Center for Civic Education is to promote an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles and actively engaged in the practice of democracy in the United States and other
    countries. The Center has developed its programs in the Dominican Republic for several years. FUNGLODE recognized this collaboration with the Center by hosting its Director, Dr. Richard A. Nuccio, in Santo Domingo along with their local partners, PUCMYM.

  • The City University of New York (CUNY)

    The City University of New York (CUNY) originated in 1847 with the foundation of the Free Academy, which later became The City College, the first College at CUNY. According to the Education Law of the State of New York, CUNY is “a free institution of higher education independent and integrated, and assumes that the university will maintain and expand its commitment to academic excellence.” CUNY has 11 senior colleges, 6 community colleges, a graduate school, a Law School and the
    “Sophie Davies” School of Biomedical Education. It has a population of 450,000 students. President Leonel Fernández, President of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, GFDD, signed an agreement with CUNY to conduct educational and research exchanges. Prior to this agreement, both institutions have collaborated in several research programs.

  • The Earth Institute at Columbia University brings together talent from throughout the University to address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world’s poor. The Earth Institute is motivated by the belief that science and technological tools already exist, and could be expanded, to greatly improve conditions for the world’s poor while preserving the natural systems that support life on Earth.
    FGDD/GFDD has an agreement of cooperation with the Institute to work on the UN Millennium Development Goals.

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

    The Economist Intelligence Unit is a leading provider of country, industry and management analysis. Our mission is to provide executives with timely and reliable analysis for making successful global decisions. Any time, and anywhere, our latest intelligence provides the knowledge you need to inform your strategy and support your business. Through our global network of analysts and economists, we continuously assess and forecast the political, economic and business climates of 200
    countries. We also produce intelligence on eight key industries, provide insights into the latest management thinking and offer custom. FUNGLODE/GFDD and The Economist Intelligence Unit have collaborated in several occasions with joint programs on the economic analysis of the Dominican Republic and Latin America in general.

  • The Foundation for New Inter-American Journalism (FNPI)

    The Foundation for New Inter-American Journalism (Fundación para un Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano, FNPI) was created in 1994 under the leadership of Colombian journalist and writer Gabriel García Márquez, literature Nobel laureate, 1982 inspired by his wish to share experiences and encourage young journalists, as well as his persuation that the most effective way of learning is in applied and participatory workshops, where seasoned professors can share the tools of the trade
    with the students. FUNGLOD and Global Foundation for Democracy and Development signed an agreement of cooperation with FNPI on February 24, 2005.

  • The George Washington University

    Founded in 1821, GWU is the largest higher-education institution in the capital of the United States. It is a dynamic educational center where academia meets and interacts with the world. In addition to the main campus in the heart of the Washington, DC, GWU also has two more campuses in the state of Virginia, in Loudoun County and Mount Vernon. Since January, 2003, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, GFDD , is a partner of GWU in the GW Center for the Study of

  • The Global Compact

    The Global Compact consists of several hundred companies, dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), major international labor federations and several UN agencies seeking to collaboratively contribute to a more stable, equitable and inclusive global market by making its nine principles an integral part of business activities everywhere. As member of the Global Compact, FUNGLODE is committed to create a network of Dominican business and NGOs in support of the Compact and its
    universal principles regarding social business responsibility. Website:

  • The Global Development Learning Network (GDLN)

    The Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) is a global partnership of learning centers (GDLN Affiliates) that use advanced information and communication technologies to connect people around the world working in development. Applying technologies and services developed in the area of “distance learning”, GDLN Affiliates help organizations, teams, and individuals to communicate so that they can share knowledge and learn from each others’ experiences . FUNGLODE and its U.S. office,
    Global Foundation for Democracy and Development signed an agreement of cooperation February 28, 2005.

  • The UN Association of the Dominican Republic (ANURD)

    The UN Association of the Dominican Republic (UNA-DR) is a non governmental NGO whose mandate is to strengthen the participation of the Dominican people in the UN system. The activities coordinated by UNA-DR target equally the private and the public sector. The program with the biggest impact is the “Model UN” conferences. These conferences consist of interactive simulations of the commissions, committees, agencies and other programs of the UN a well as other regional and
    international institutions. The students who participate in the simulation act as representatives from the Member States of the particular organization and defend the position of the ambassadors of those countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe . UNA-DR is part of the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA) and its offices are in Santo Domingo and in New York .

  • The UN Department of Public Information(DPI)

    The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) recognized FUNGLODE as an organization committed to the promotion and dissemination of information on UN activities programs. As a DPI associated organization, FUNGLODE will receive all the information, publications and other materials for use at the library of the Foundation in Santo Domingo.

  • The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

    The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is responsible for promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. FUNGLODE’s affiliation received the approval of 54 countries for its ability and ample experience and dedication to
    research and discuss global issues that involve the well-being of Dominicans and the sustainable development of the country.

  • The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

    The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) aims at the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. FUNGLODE’s association with this organization will bring about a chance to discuss trade development issues and share the Dominican experience with other participants at UNCTAD’s forum for intergovernmental discussions and deliberations in Geneva. NGOs with Consultative Status have the privilege to be the only institutions in
    civil society to address the Governments in the Institution.

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. UNODC is mandated to assist Member States in their struggle against illicit drugs, crime and terrorism. In its continuous effort to fight illegal drugs and crime, FUNGLODE has also been admitted to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  • The University of Illinois in Chicago

    UIC embraces its mission of teaching, research, service, and economic development through hundreds of academic programs, community service initiatives, and research endeavors. UIC offers 88 different bachelor’s academic areas, 86 master’s disciplines and 58 doctorate specializations. With its 25,000 students, UIC is the largest university in the Chicago area. It is also one of the country’s top research universities and over the years has attracted an impressive amount of
    award-winning faculty. FUNGLODE/GFDD signed an agreement of cooperation with UIC in 2001 and both organizations have held a number of joint programs related to research and public opinion.

  • The University of Rhode Island

    Located in a traditional New England college town, The University of Rhode Island (URI) continues to serve as the most prominent public research university in the U.S. state of Rhode Island since its charter as the state’s agricultural school in 1888. It enjoys a very active student body with over a hundred officially recognized student organizations, such as URI Students for Social Change and many local branches of national organizations. URI also manages the Student Affairs
    Diversity Fund, which seeks “to increase the multicultural competence of the URI campus community by infusing diversity, equity, and inclusiveness into University programs, policies, and practices.” In September 2011, URI was a generous host to the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development photo exhibit and promotional event featuring the release of New Perspectives: the Dominican Republic at its Providence campus.

  • The World Summit on the Information Society

    The World Summit on the Information Society is committed to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improving their quality of life, premised on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and respecting fully and
    upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. FUNGLODE has joined the Summit on the Information Society in its commitment to promote and support information technologies and attempt to reduce the digital gap. Our Foundation had already chaired the Bureau of Civil Society in its first phase.

  • Université Quisqueya

    This private university has been operating in Haiti since 1988. It offers several Master and PhD programs and provides students with the high quality education that necessary to face Haiti’s challenges. Université Quisqueya is also part of the International Center for Environmental and Sustainable Development Studies, ICESDeS, after signing a collaborative agreement with FUNGLODE/GFDD and University of Turabo.

  • University of Miami

    The University of Miami is one of the largest, most comprehensive private research universities in the southeastern United States with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. More than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from every state and more than 114 nations around the world call UM home during the academic semesters. With more than 9,400 full- and part-time faculty and staff, UM is one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County . Dr. Leonel
    Fernández, President of the FUNGLODE/GFDD , signed an agreement of cooperation with the University of Miami in October 27, 2000.

  • University of South Florida

    The University of South Florida is a multi-campus national research university that supports the development of the metropolitan Tampa Bay Region , Florida, the United States and the world. Building upon unique strengths inherent in Florida’s population, location, and natural resources, the university is dedicated to excellence in education. The University of South Florida envisions itself as a premier national research university that serves the metropolitan Tampa Bay Region,
    Florida, and the nation. FUNGLODE/GFDD has an agreement of cooperation with USF. President Leonel Fernández was presented with a USF’s Doctor Honoris Causa award in 2002.

  • University of Turabo

    The University of Turabo wants to provide students with an ample academic base that will facilitate the development of their capabilities to improve their lives and those of the community and the Puerto Rican society at large. With an ever-growing number of Master programs in different aspects of education, business administration, engineering, the University of Turabo wants to train students to understand the challenges of contemporary Puerto Rico and to provide them with the
    necessary tools to bring about change and improvement. Universidad of Turabo signed a collaborative agreement with FUNGLODE/GFDD and Université Quisqueya of Haiti to establish the International Center for Environmental and Sustainable Development Studies, ICESDeS, in September 2004.

  • Virtual Educa is a permanent conference on education, training, new technologies and e-learning business. This is a meeting place for experts, business and institutions from all Inter-American countries with a relevant representation from non-Hispanic countries. Its mission is to create new ways to access and distribute information within the ongoing technological revolution as well as to establish collaborations among the educational institutions and public and private sectors.
    FUNGLODE/GFDD has collaborated with Virual Educa in a number of occasions as both institutions share common objectives in Education, Training and New Technologies issues.

  • Young Americas Bussines Trust

    The Young Americas Business Trust promotes social and economic development in the Western Hemisphere and elsewhere through programs, projects, and activities focused on: helping to create and advance efforts to improve the quality of life of youth and young adults, especially those living in or near poverty. YABT and GFDD signed an agreement of cooperation on November 8, 2004.