In 2013, non-governmental organizations ( NGOs) that participated in a 2009 survey on social integration were surveyed to investigate their progress since 2009. The respondents, including Mary Ward Center, Chicago spanned six continents. They serve a wide range of people. Their responses shed light on effective practices to increase empowerment. These results, along with the specific experience of a group in Zambia and another in the US, served as content for a side –event held during the Commission on Social Development.