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    International NGO, Local Partner
    CHF International works in more than 25 countries serving as a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low and moderate income communities. CHF International is helping reduce poverty and improve slum conditions in India with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Read More

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    Establishing Decentralized Solid Waste Management Systems
    CHF International helps communities and non-governmental organizations establish market-based solutions for solid waste management that utilize the informal sector, creating jobs and improving the environment. Read More
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    Linking Informal Sector Workers with Jobs and Benefits
    CHF International helps informal sector workers gain employment, new skills, and the formal sector benefits they are often excluded from like financial services, health care, and access to government services. Read More
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    Planning and Delivering Services from the Bottom Up
    CHF International helps the city of Pune mobilize 5,000 Resident Community Volunteers to collect socio-economic data on their neighborhoods and inform city programs and budgeting using GIS to help. Read More
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    Creating More Inclusive Models for Designing and Delivering Housing
    CHF International helps the cities mobilize community residents to participate in the design and delivery of housing and basic services programs subsidized by India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. Read More

Global Communities is an international development and humanitarian organization. Our mission is to be a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low and moderate income communities around the world, helping them to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions.

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. We envision a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity.

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. 

Global Communities began working in India in 2003 with the implementation of the Sahbhagi Yojana 2 Support Program (SY2SP) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in three cities in Gujarat, India: Ahmedabad, Surat, and Vadodara.

In 2007, Global Communities expanded its activities addressing urban poverty in India with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation under a program called Slum Communities Achieving Liveable Environments with Urban Partners (SCALE-UP). 

Currently, Global Communities is helping improve waste management services in slums in Bangalore with support from the Caterpillar Foundation. With the help of a Caterpillar Foundation investment, Global Communities opened the Kasa Rasa waste management facility—a 2,500 square-foot center that recycles 1.5 tons of solid waste per day, including organic waste that is composted on site. 

With funding from the John Deere Foundation, the Slum Improvement Program builds upon Global Communities recent work in Pune to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of slum residents. The program focuses on making deep impacts in 6 slums and 4 villages while strengthening bottom-up planning practices and institutionalizing new poverty reduction programs within the local government.