CHI Board Meeting and Plenary
Call for nominations to the CHI board of directors
What is the board’s overall role?
Cooperative Housing International unites co‑operative and mutual self-help housing organisations around the globe by:
- Seeking members throughout the developed and developing world;
- Facilitating regular communication and joint action among our members;
- Assisting national movements in their efforts to form regional bodies.
Directors represent the cooperative and mutual self-help housing movement by:
- Supporting our members’ local efforts to secure the legal, financial and administrative arrangements the movement needs to flourish;
- Working regionally and internationally to bring about conditions favourable to the movement’s growth;
- Disseminating information on the movement and its success in creating sustainable human settlements in all parts of the world;
- Joining with other branches of the cooperative family to win recognition for the important role cooperatives play in combatting global poverty.
Board activities include:
- Keeping aware of issues facing housing co‑ops internationally;
- Monitoring our movement’s achievements in providing secure, affordable housing in different regions of the world;
- Continuing to build a collection of information on mutual self-help and co‑operative housing models and systems throughout the world;
- Developing a strategy for disseminating information about our movement and facilitating dialogue within it;
- Taking steps to make membership in cooperative housing international accessible and attractive;
- Identifying good practices in our members’ international development programmes and promoting their wider adoption;
- Seeking opportunities for joint international development programming;
- Organizing one or more thematic seminars or conferences for members each year;
- Seeking appropriate support for co‑operative housing development from the European Union;
- Helping our members in the new states of the European Union and countries in transition to secure appropriate cooperative legislation;
- Co-operating with other regional and international bodies whose mandate is to promote sustainable human settlements;
- Supporting the wider work of the ICA, collaborating as opportunities arise with the other sectoral organisations and the gender and development committees;
- Collaborating with the CoHabitat Network at annual and regional events and in working groups
- All board members are required to follow CHI Rules.
What to expect
- Directors serve either a four-year or two-year term (see positions available below);
- CHI board of directors meet twice a year, preferably in person but also possible to participate virtually;
- Teleconference calls may be scheduled between meetings;
- Directors may also serve on committees or represent CHI with other organizations;
- The Executive Committee, composed of the President, Vice-president and Treasurer, is elected at the plenary meeting;
- The executive committee meets approximately four times a year by teleconference.
Who can run?
- Candidates must be a board member or staff of a member organization of CHI. Members of CHI are cooperative housing organizations that are either full members or associate members of the International Cooperative Alliance.
Who are we looking for?
- We welcome and encourage candidates from a broad cross-section of people. CHI values diversity and is committed to an inclusive and equitable workplace.
What costs are covered?
- Costs for travel and hotel for board meetings and annual meetings are covered by the board members’ own organizations.
Positions up for election in June 2022
- President, 4-year term
- Vice-president, 4-year term
- At large directors: four 4-year terms and two 2-year terms
- Please submit the following to Julie LaPalme at firstname.lastname@example.org:
- your CV
- a letter of support from your organisation
- a short essay on your vision for CHI and why you think you are a good candidate
- The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2022
- For more information please contact Julie LaPalme at email@example.com
For more information on the ICA General Assembly please visit the ICA website.