What We Do


The foundation of all of Global Communities’ work is in our partnerships with communities, local organizations, governments, and the private sector. But equally essential to the success and sustainability of our work is our breadth and depth of technical expertise. From disaster preparedness to loan guarantees and market-driven workforce education, as you read this report we invite you to recognize that our partnerships are based on the efforts of hundreds of engineers, agriculture experts, urban planners, governance and business experts, and many more distinguished professionals from around the world. We have 64 years of community-based expertise, giving us the background necessary to adapt to every circumstance and co-create lasting, positive change for communities.


Our core areas of expertise are:

  • economic development,
  • governance and urban management,
  • financial inclusion,
  • humanitarian assistance,
  • food security and agriculture,
  • global health,
  • civil society and capacity development, and
  • infrastructure and construction.


From these areas we implement a broad range of projects, ranging from highly targeted research trials to advance understanding of global development, to large-scale programs across entire regions. The next few sections highlight some of our recent work.


Learn more about our technical expertise at www.globalcommunities.org/ourexpertise.




As part of our commitment to expertise, we increasingly focus our resources and efforts on research and evidence, partnering with experts and scholars to understand what works in different environments and why. We want to assure the communities we work with and the donors who support us that our work is based on rigorous standards of monitoring, evaluation, research, and evidence, and that the best practices we develop are shared across the global development community. Continue reading here.


Research & Evidence


Every day, we read more and more headlines highlighting the ongoing brutality and tragedy of the Syrian conflict. Beyond Syria, there are many other conflicts in the world, as well as more and more communities struck by flooding, extreme weather, earthquakes, and landslides. Global Communities has a two-pronged approach to crises like these: helping communities in the immediate aftermath of a crisis, and helping the affected communities develop strategies for mitigating the impact of future potential disasters.


Our approach, regardless of the situation, focuses on partnering to help communities in the long term. Our assistance is centered on sheltering the vulnerable, restarting livelihoods, improving food security, increasing market access, and rebuilding homes and neighborhoods to help families recover from trauma. We employ an integrated approach that builds resilience strategies at the grassroots for the most vulnerable. Continue reading here.

Conflicts, Disasters and Emergencies: Our Humanitarian Response


Global Communities has been an innovator in financial inclusion since we pioneered housing microfinance in the 1980s. Today, we run the largest international network of microfinance institutions in the Middle East, and partnering with OPIC, USAID, and USDA, we are leading the way in providing innovative services to small and medium enterprises at loan guarantee facilities that service clients as diverse as women entrepreneurs in Jordan and agribusinesses in Malawi. Continue reading here.


Financial Inclusion


At Global Communities, we understand the power of the private sector in making a difference around the world, a power acknowledged in Sustainable Development Goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals.” We seek to partner with companies who wish to have a positive environmental, developmental, and human impact with their work. We work with companies in their direct business through a shared value approach and through their foundations to help develop community cohesion and social capital, and improve the lives and livelihoods of communities impacted by their operations and beyond.

Continue reading here.


Strategic Partnerships

Continue reading the Global Communities 2015 Annual Report: