International Executive Service Corps (IESC)
We’re IESC — the International Executive Service Corps, a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit with a focus on private sector growth. We support and catalyze the development of private enterprises, business support organizations, financial institutions, and public institutions. Over the years, we’ve implemented more than 25,000 short-term projects and 200 programs in 130 countries. True to our mission— Promoting Prosperity and Stability through Private Enterprise — we’re proud to have created more than one million jobs all across the globe.
For nearly 50 years, IESC has been promoting stability and prosperity through private enterprise development. We design, implement, manage and evaluate economic growth programs under contracts and cooperative agreements with organizations like the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of State as well as for private companies and foreign governments. To ensure sustainable employment opportunities, generate increases in sales, and facilitate economic growth, we provide an array of services through each of our five practice areas:
Trade and Enterprise
Our founders were confident that applying U.S. business practices in developing-country environments would be an effective way to alleviate poverty, create stability and spread good will. From those beginnings, that idea has evolved, deepened, diversified and prospered. Today, we concentrate on helping businesses become more competitive — from interventions affecting national policy, to coordinating industry-wide activities, and consulting, workshops and training at the firm level. We explore ways to penetrate global markets, enhance quality, increase sales, attract investment, apply new technologies and create jobs.
We often work through and with business support organizations (such as chambers of commerce and trade organizations). At the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise level, you’ll find us on the ground, consulting and training in business areas such as planning, operations, finance and marketing — all along the value chain that brings a product or service from the idea stage to final sale. We’ve helped governments and private organizations work together on activities leading to membership in the World Trade Organization.
ICT and Applied Technologies
Our Geekcorps subsidiary has built an enviable reputation as a nimble and creative resource in the design and implementation of innovative technology programs in remote corners of the world. Our programs range from sophisticated multidimensional cross-cutting ICT installations to makeshift FM antennas cobbled out of soft drink bottles. Over the years, Geekcorps accomplishments have been featured in many trade and general media. Our Geekcorps volunteers and consultants not only address the needs of the ICT sector itself, but they also build ICT capacity across a spectrum of general business sectors, public and private.
A well-run financial system is a key factor in any country’s ability to mobilize savings, make capital available and catalyze investment. We’ve established a strong record of success in crafting cross-cutting services to enhance micro and small business access to capital, strengthen the capacity of banks and other financial institutions and create innovative financial products for under-served business segments (such as farmers).
For a relatively small investment, tourism can provide a strong boost to a developing country’s economy. Our work in tourism includes creating market-savvy strategies from the national to the local level, introducing best-practice management techniques, improving tourism facilities at all levels and marketing enhanced tourism offerings via traditional and electronic channels.
Public Sector and Business Enabling Environment
A key aspect of our work in private sector development is improving the domestic business environment and reducing obstacles to trade. Our programs address legal and regulatory issues impeding private sector development. What’s more, we build capacity and understanding in government agencies so they can serve as public sector partners in fostering economic growth.