Global Communities is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Development is not something we do for people; it is something we do with them. We believe that the people who understand their needs best are the people of the community itself.
We make a difference by engaging with communities, governments, the private sector and NGOs as partners for good – bringing together complementary strengths and shared responsibilities to work toward common goals.
Global Communities has existed for 60 years. Most recently we have been known as CHF International and, before that, the Cooperative Housing Foundation. We began in 1952 as the Foundation for Cooperative Housing.
Our mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities around the world, helping them improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. Our reputation is built on the strong relationships we have with the communities we serve—engaging and involving them throughout the development process to keep control and ownership in their hands.
Global Communities undertakes development work in over 25 countries around the world. We partner with communities to enable them to direct their own development for a sustainable future. We believe that the people best suited to decide what a community needs is the community itself.
Global Communities has expertise in the following areas:
Micro, SME and Housing Finance
Infrastructure and Construction
Governance and Urban Development
Civil Society and Municipal Development
Where We Work
Global Communities currently works in more than 20 countries around the world in Africa, Asia, Europe & the Caucasus, Latin America & the Caribbean and the Middle East.