Global Communities 2015 Annual Report




Our Vision We envision a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity. Our Mission Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.
Our Values


We work through relationships based on trust, respect and equity. We are diplomatic and sensitive to cultures. We work and employ locally. We believe that equality, shared responsibility and complementary strengths are at the core of our partnerships. We are accountable and insist upon ethical behavior in how we interact with the world around us.



We do what we do because it is the right thing to do. We work with passion, enthusiasm, a belief in our mission and in our people, and we are determined to ensure our work results in tangible, long-term good worldwide.



We bring together communities, the private sector, governments, organizations and the full range and resources of our networks to improve dialogue, create prosperity, stability, peace and positive change. We learn from each other. We embrace technology as a means to better connect the world around us.



We are a resolute, forward-looking organization that embraces change in the world and among ourselves to drive new ways to achieve our mission. We bring clarity to complex issues. We are smart and responsive, business-like, and determined to innovate and find ways to partner more effectively for the benefit of our community partners worldwide.


Who is Global Communities?
We don’t tell the community what to do, they tell us.

Global Communities is a global development organization committed to working in partnership with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable, impactful 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 more than 60 years. Until 2012, we were known as CHF International and, before that, the Cooperative Housing Foundation. We are a non-profit organization.


What distinguishes our work?

The power of what we do lies in our ability to develop relationships that put the people of the community at the forefront of their own development. Enriched by the ability to build trust and understanding, it is our heartfelt focus on community and partnership that distinguishes our work.

What is Vitas Group?

Vitas Group is at the core of our commitment to financial inclusion around the world. Vitas Group is a commercial holding company created by Global Communities to provide responsible micro, small, and medium enterprise finance to populations that are underserved by traditional sources of capital. Learn more at

Our Impact in Numbers In 2015, Global Communities:
Awards and Distinctions for Our People and Our Partnerships in 2015

BBC 100 Women

Global Communities’ West Bank and Gaza Country Director Lana Abu Hijleh was named one of the BBC 100 Women, an annual worldwide initiative to highlight inspiring women who are advancing change in their communities.


InterAction 2015 Humanitarian Award

Global Communities’ Burial Team Supervisor George Woryonwon received the InterAction 2015 Humanitarian Award for his work assisting communities in Liberia in their fight against Ebola, overseeing burial teams across the entire country.

Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s 2015 Impact Award for Access to Finance

Global Communities and its microfinance institution in Lebanon, Vitas Lebanon, received the Overseas Private Investment Corporation’s 2015 Impact Award for Access to Finance for its support of entrepreneurs in Lebanon. Catalyzed by a $20 million financing commitment from OPIC, Vitas Lebanon has made over 36,000 loans worth over $69.5 million to underserved entrepreneurs and households since its inception in 2007.

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