Communities Thrive: An IREX-READ Global Partnership

IREX and READ Global have joined forces to improve the lives of 2 million people by making international development more enduring, locally driven, and impactful. At the heart of our partnership is READ’s scalable, low-cost approach. The approach enables community members to establish community centers that offer education, employment, and health services — and incubate new businesses that generate revenue to cover the cost of operating each center. With IREX’s decades of experience in strengthening and scaling grassroots initiatives, this model has the potential to reach millions more. READ Global has already reached 2.3 million people by establishing 100 community centers and 195 for-profit enterprises that support the centers. Over the next five years, IREX and READ Global seek to strengthen and scale READ’s financially self-sufficient and locally driven model for community development: