TechnoServe

Rating: 4.9 stars   21 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development

Location: 1120 19th Street NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission: We work with enterprising people in the developing world to build competitive farms, businesses and industries.
Results: In 2013, TechnoServe's work helped transform the lives of 2.2 million people. This was accomplished by targeting improvements in farms, businesses and industries in more than 30 countries.
Target demographics: make the greatest impact on global poverty
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2.2 million people by targeting improvements in farms, businesses and industries. These efforts are creating a better future for families in the developing world.
Geographic areas served: poor communities throughout Africa, Latin America and Asia
Programs: those that address market failures – the constraints that prevent a market system from operating efficiently. These constraints may include skills, technologies, availability of information, market linkages, access to finance, infrastructure, governance or policies. We address market failures in three ways: Develop capacity: We help individuals and communities acquire skills, share knowledge and apply the technologies needed to build successful farms and businesses. Strengthen market connections: We coordinate among industry players and connect emerging businesses and farms to capital, networks and suppliers. Improve the business environment: We encourage self-sustaining economic activity by addressing the policies, information and incentives that help markets function better.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

TechnoServe is well-known in this field for its strong business-oriented approach to some of the most intractable development problems. Many development organizations out there claim to take a private sector approach, but TechnoServe is one of the few that has the business expertise (many former management consultants and MBAs on staff) and the track record to back it up.

I'm familiar with their coffee and cocoa work in Africa and Latin America, as well as their work in Haiti to bring a business element to a traditionally "charity-based" society. As someone in a "competing" organization, I still have to say that TechnoServe is one of the most effective organizations out there.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hi, i just presented my project pitch 2 days ago and even if we are not the winners of the money, we are already winners of the knowledge and benefits that TechnoServe shares in the world. Thank you.

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TechnoServe is a remarkable organization that is doing amazing work to help lift people out of poverty. The organization has been a real trailblazer in building social enterprise and agricultural development in poverty stricken regions all over the globe. TechnoServe invests in sustainable solutions to poverty and they have been successful in achieving their mission. In 2013 alone, TechnoServe’s work benefited 2.2 million people in 30 countries.

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TechnoServe is focused in its mission to help small famers improve their lives - and the lives of their families - by improving their businesses. The staff of TechnoServe is professional and committed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with them for many months, and am glad to confirm the passion and professionalism of the team and the real, sustainable impact they achieve on the ground. TechnoServe is unique amongst its peers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have such wonderful things to say about this organization! It is far and away the most impressive nonprofit with which I've been involved. I was a former VolCon in the Nairobi office three years ago. Technoserve does such fantastic things in the community because they create sustainable solutions to poverty - they are actually helping to create long-term solutions in the field vs. giving the illusion of helping. In other words, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime ...

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I have been a faithful contributor to TechnoServe for almost 20 years. As my primary charity, I have maintained an annual level of contribution in excess of $2,000. What attracted me to TechnoServe was the concept of the leverage that my contribution would achieve, namely in magnifying knowledge for the benefit of an ever-expanding universe of entrepreneurs working through their own self-interest for the betterment of their families and broader communities. It's the difference between financing food baskets and food industries. I abhor waste, particularly of other people's money (whether that of taxpayers or donors). I am confident that TechnoServe's slim and effective management structure along with highly effective and dedicated in-country staff squeeze the maximum out of my contributions through the spread of non-perishable knowledge and expanding commercial relationships among recipients of their efforts.

Individual donors such as myself form a relatively small portion of the total funds received by TechnoServe and by offering my comments here. I encourage other private individuals to recognize this opportunity to join with the growing family of knowledgeable and astute corporate partners who are equally responsible stewards of their charitable assets.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined as a Volunteer Consultant in the India office for a year- absolutely loved my work- developing entrepreneurship in tibetan settlements in india and nepal, and worked with an amazing bunch of high-caliber folks, most of whom are now very close friends. It was challenging to create impact in a community victimized due to geopolitics, and my satisfaction saw me coming in full-time, as well as seeking out my second volunteer stint in East Africa [Malawi]

The three key draws are:
1. great work culture created by ambitious, accomplished and humble folks is a huge draw.
2. the unique assimilation of private-sector skills to development causes.
3. paramount impact, by connecting markets to smallholders or underprivileged.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the economic development programs to 25 other countries in 5 years..

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2013

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This organization is doing great things for people around the world. If you want the most impact from your donation, then TechnoServe is the place to give to.

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I would not make any changes.

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I volunteered at TNS in early 2013 - joining as a cynic about work, and large scale organizations in general. I had a highly transformative experience with them in East Africa - shifting me from traveler to social thinker to a social entrepreneur by the time I came back to India. I think the key ingredients were the amazing team I got to work with, the burst of cultural exposure/learning in Kenya and Tanzania, the level of expertise and insight in the agro sector and high-potential-for-impact solutions that I got to co-design with them. I would recommend this experience to anyone - even those who've already been part of the impact sector.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase their work in human rights/gender - which is the field I currently work in

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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