We empower people to make positive changes in their lives by applying our expertise in the following practices areas, which interact in exciting ways.
Our Practice Areas
We help farmers and agribusinesses sustainably improve productivity, access markets, and feed a growing population. This involves catalyzing sustainable production, agribusiness supply chains, and effective natural resource management. We focus on nutrient-rich commodities, often reaching producers through cooperatives, farm groups, and private service providers.
We help communities and households better prepare for, withstand, and recover from shocks and stresses. We promote the resilience of people and systems through work that spans a range of areas: governance, peace and reconciliation, risk management, climate change adaptation, community and livelihood development, and water and sanitation.
We connect people and businesses in systems that increase incomes, create jobs, and expand opportunities. Our inclusive market systems approach improves conditions and incentives for markets to work better for the poor and marginalized. We facilitate private-sector partnerships, support entrepreneurship and workforce development, and advance an improved business-enabling environment.
Access to Finance
We improve access to finance and deploy blended finance to expand impact beyond the life of our projects. We catalyze investments that drive social impact and expand financial inclusion through our three lines of business. Together with affiliates Tanager and AV Ventures, we build the capacity of financial institutions to expand the reach of financial services, support small and medium-sized enterprises in accessing finance, and mobilize growth capital to scale and sustain catalytic investment for growth.
Equity & Inclusion
We promote gender equity, engage youth, and include marginalized communities. Our programs address harmful or limiting norms using social and behavior change communication campaigns, trainings to ensure participation, and dialogues that lead to transformed perspectives. We analyze norms that inhibit growth and work with local partners to make markets more inclusive. We help women, youth, and marginalized communities access safe spaces to become central actors in their own development.