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IESC will implement a new four-year program in Sri Lanka to improve technical and vocational training and increase the employability of young people in Sri Lanka.
Every year, nearly 300,000 Sri Lankans leave secondary school without a degree or with a degree but not admitted to a university. The country recognizes the need to develop a skilled workforce in order to address the resulting 20 percent youth unemployment.
Under the $12 million…read more
This month, IESC celebrates 53 years of bringing private sector solutions to sustainble economic development. IESC’s longevity and success are made possible because of our people. Every year, we recognize employees and volunteers whose dedication and service have truly made an impact on the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. Last month, IESC presented its annual awards at our triannual board meeting in Washington, D.C.
March 21, 2017 — IESC remembers our founder and first chairperson (1964-1968) David Rockefeller, who died yesterday, March 20, at the age of 101.
“We are inspired by David Rockefeller’s legacy and guided by his belief that harnessing the American spirit of volunteerism and the power of business expertise could move people out of poverty and make countries stronger and more resilient,” said Tom Miller, president and CEO of…read more
Irrigation Technician by Day, Inventor by Night: Maryam’s Story
By Ludovicka Shirima
Maryam Mwalimu designs farming tools such as aquatic weeders and harrows for rice farming.
Maryam Mwalimu is a 29-year-old product designer and entrepreneur from Zanzibar. She designs farming equipment’harrows, weeders, and harvesters. Maryam sees her business as a way to support farmers and advocate for better productivity with less effort.
How IESC, Big Bird, and national defense are connected
Ward B. Chamberlin, Jr. Photo courtesy of WNET.
IESC is sad to hear of the passing of one of its early employees, Ward Chamberlin Jr., who died on February 23, 2017, at the age of 95.
Chamberlin’s involvement with IESC begins with Frank Pace, a former army secretary and chairman of defense contractor, General…read more
Lynda Swenson during one of her assignments with IESC in Egypt. Photo: VEGA
On December 5, International Volunteer Day, the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) honored IESC volunteer Lynda Swenson with its 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award.
VEGA’s award selection committee chose to recognize Swenson due to her extensive history of volunteering’which includes over 50 volunteer assignments in the last 10 years.
‘I am not a…read more