Awards and Commendations

   

2014

  • Mietek Pemper Award of Augsburg University for Reconciliation and International Understanding – Selline Korir, Project Director for Global Communities’ Kenya Tuna Uwezo project, a conflict mitigation project based in the informal settlements of Nairobi, was awarded this international prize in April 2014. The award is given to individuals or institutions that have made major contributions towards reconciling different peoples, ethnic groups, and religious communities.
  • The “In Situ Slum Rehabilitation Project for Urban Poor” in Pune, India won the HUDCO Design Award in the category of “Cost Effective Rural/Urban Housing including Disaster Resistant Housing.” Global Communities supported Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC), Mahila Milan and Prasanna Desai Architects to implement this project as part of SCALE-UP program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

2013

  • PRWeek 40 Under 40 Award David Humphries, Director of Global Communications at Global Communities, was named a recipient of PRWeek’s prestigious 40 Under 40 Award. The award from PRWeek, the communication industry’s premier publication, recognizes outstanding leaders in the field.

2012

  • National Award for Agricultural Journalism for the Colombia Responde community radio program, Voices and Sounds of Montes de Maria  a project that trained farmers on community radio in 16 communities and created radio production centers in each community.
  • Actions in Water and Climate Change Adaptation Prize for CHF's Water Harvesting Project in Honduras. More than a traditional award, the Actions in Water Adaptation strengthens the activities of the winner with a $50,000 prize contribution

2011

  • The Honduran National Environmental Award  CHF International was awarded the highest environmental award of Honduras for the design and implementation of highly effective water harvesting projects in the dry tropics of Southern Honduras.
  • The Pergamino Rosa (Rose Parchment) Award – The Pergamino Rosa award is bestowed by the Sexual Diversity Committee of Honduras upon organizations that have contributed and worked with the GLBT population to improve the lives of this historically excluded and marginalized community. CHF was honored for its work with its local partner, Kukulcán, targeting the MSM (men who have sex with men) population.

2010

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center Partnerships Award (Finalist)   CHF International was recognized for its partnership with Caterpillar Inc. in Haiti. Working together, CHF and Caterpillar have removed rubble and provided livelihoods for Haitians in the earthquake's aftermath.

Multi-Year

  • MIX Transparency Award – Global Communities' microfinance institutions Ameen s.a.l. in Lebanon, MEMCC in Jordan and Ryada in Palestine have been honored with this prestigious award, which honors groups that work to improve the effectiveness and overall understanding of how the microfinance sector helps build more inclusive financial systems for the poor.

2009

  • Ameen s.a.l. was ranked 17th by the MIX Market of the top 100 microfinance institutions in the world and 2nd of microfinance institutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • The Truman Award for Leadership and Innovation by Young Professionals in International Development was awarded to  Ann Lee, Port-au-Prince field office director for CHF's KATA program in Haiti. The award seeks to recognize the achievements of young professionals ages 18 to 30 working in the field of international development who have demonstrated their leadership skills and potential for future growth, as well as a strong commitment to just and sustainable participatory development.  

2008

  • Ameen s.a.l. was ranked by the MIX Market as one of the top 100 microfinance institutions in the world and the top microfinance institution in Lebanon.

2007

  • CHF's Express Finance SA received the MFC Innovation Award from the Microfinance Coalition of Poland for their use of contemporary IT tools for decentralized loan decision-making in microfinance.

  • Ameen s.a.l clients received the Citigroup Foundation Microentrepreneurship Award. The Citigroup Foundation, in collaboration with YMCA, awarded cash prizes to outstanding clients of various Lebanese microfinance institutions, four of whom were Ameen clients.

  • CHF's Express Finance SA was named most flexible company/banking scheme supporting the development of Romanian companies, by the Romanian Gala Ceremony for the Diplomas of Excellence and Trophies in the field of Competition and Competitiveness. 

  • Access to Credit Services Initiative was named the Best Performing Microfinance Institution in the Iraqi Microfinance Industry at the USAID/Izdihar Third Iraq MF Workshop

2006

  • The Romanian Ministry of Culture honored CHF International for its contribution to the protection and preservation of Romania's cultural heritage.

  • SANABEL, the Arab Microfinance Network, names Mrs. Dhafeera Khalaf Mehdi, a client of CHF's Access to Credit Services Initiative, their Microentrepreneur of the Year for Iraq.

2005

  • Citibank presents a client of CHF International's Colombian microfinance lending program, MICRODES, with their Microentrepreneur of the Year Award.

  • On behalf of CHF Bosnia partner UPUT, we accepted the World Bank's Development Marketplace Livelihoods in Sustainable Environment Award for the Waste Wool for Warmth project, which innovatively converted unused sheep wool into housing isolation materials.

  • The National Association for Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism in Romania (ANTREC) honored CHF International Romania for the continuous support to the development of Rural Tourism in Romania.

  • The National Association of Travel Agencies in Romania awarded CHF their best Regional Promotional prize for our promotion activities in Maramures Region, North Romania.

  • The Central European Advocacy for Fair and Transparent Competition (CEFTAC) awarded CHF/Romania as having the most flexible company/banking scheme aimed at supporting the development of Romanian companies in the field of Competition and Competitiveness.

  • The United Nations awards Zainab Barat Painda Khan, one of CHF's Afghanistan Microfinance Initiative beneficiaries, with their 2005 Global Microentrepreneurship Award.

2004

  • The World Bank commends CHF's Fondo Prosperidad program in Honduras as one of the 12 most successful projects that year.

2002

  • United Nations Dubai Award for Best Practice for Habitat, for our Home Improvement Lending Program in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. It was the only program chosen in Mexico.

  • Guatemalan organizations AMVI and CORDISA, created by CHF International, each won a Rural Productivity Award and cash prizes in a competition sponsored by the World Bank and the Soros Foundation.

2001

  • Express Finance SA received an Honorable Mention by the Global Development Alliance at its Annual Conference in Brazil – one of three awardees from 275 applicants and the only Eastern European program to be recognized.

  • CHF's programs in Romania were honored with the Global Development Network Award from the World Bank, and was selected as one of the three most innovative projects in the world. The program was chosen from over 350 projects from 73 different countries, and was the only one financed by USAID.

  • An Honorary Mention from the Inter-American Development Bank was given to FUNHAVI, a Mexican microfinance institution created by CHF International

  • Innovative Microfinance Services, Inter-American Development Bank, Honorable Mention, IV Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise, for CHF International's pioneering Home Improvement Lending Program in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

  • World Habitat Award, Honorable Mention, sponsored by the Building and Social Housing Foundation, a research institute based in the United Kingdom, to identify innovative and successful human settlement projects around the world that could be adapted and replicated elsewhere. CHF International was recognized for our Assisted Self-Help Housing Program in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

2000

  • Award for Project Innovation in Development Finance, First Annual Jordan Microentrepreneur Awards, Outstanding Microentrepreneur, Outstanding Loan Officer. Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton recognized CHF International's outstanding work through our Southern Jordan Access to Credit Project.

1999

  • Merit and Efficiency Award, World Food Programme for CHF International's work in El Salvador following the destruction of Hurricane Mitch. CHF International assisted more than 400 community members in the reconstruction of their homes and their neighbors' houses, with the families receiving food in exchange for their efforts.

  • Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Special Consultative Status.

1998

  • Dubai Award for Excellence in Improving the Living Environment, for our work in PolandAffordable Housing for a New, Democratic Poland: A Market Approach Using Public-Private Partnerships and Nongovernmental Organizations. CHF International's experience is included in the best practices database of the United Nations Center for Human Settlements.

1997

  • Housing and Urban Management Advisory Network (HUMAN) appointment, of the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe.

1994

  • World Habitat Award, Building and Social Housing Foundation, Finalist, for CHF International's model cooperative housing project in Zory, Poland. This demonstration project, which was replicated nationally, was the first of its kind in post-Communist Poland. It was designed to show the advantages of housing delivery based on private ownership, democratic principles, and the free market. 

1991

  • Habitat Scroll of Honor, United Nations Center for Human Settlements, recognizing CHF International for its community-based, participatory approach to economic and community development, and for demonstrating a people-oriented approach in the implementation of the Cooperative Neighborhood Improvement and Job Program in Central America.