Global Support and Development

Global Support and Development (GSD) works with local, national, and regional communities for resilience to crisis through rapid response, disaster preparedness, and climate adaptation.

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The most successful responses are locally led and globally supported.


GSD is focused on working with local, national, and regional communities to prepare before disaster strikes, support their immediate needs through rapid response, and engage with communities on climate adaptation to reduce the impact of disasters and the climate crisis.

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MV DAWN at sea, with the shore in the foreground. By Nicole Canegata, N.C. Photography, LLC.
A crew member wearing a helmet holds a rope over the side of MV DAWN. By Nicole Canegata, N.C. Photography, LLC.

What we do

Since 2015, we’ve worked with communities in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the South Pacific to support disaster preparedness and response through practical and specialized technical and resource support.

On a global scale, the needs of people in crisis has never been higher, and the gap between those needs and the available resources has never been wider. As we witness a rise in the frequency and severity of disasters, it has become even more critical for us to find new ways to support communities at risk of being impacted by natural hazards, including climate change.

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How we work

We commit to being locally led, ensuring good stewardship of resources, and upholding our core values of humility, integrity, and accountability. These are foundational tenets of GSD as an organization, underpinning how we behave and what partners can expect from us.

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The GSD Team on their way to clear debris.

Come make a positive impact with us

GSD has intentionally built a team with a variety of backgrounds and experiences including humanitarian, emergency responders, disaster response, military, development, and private sector. We believe diversity in lived and professional experiences promotes creative problem solving throughout the organization.

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What makes GSD so great to work for has always been, and will continue to be, the people that make up the team. The values that we hold dear as an organization can be observed not only in the mission but also in how the organization and the team interact with one another. There is such an amazing opportunity to learn and grow both as a humanitarian and as a professional.

Jessica Crump
Training Manager