IESC has changed a lot since that day in the Rose Garden. But some things haven’t changed. We are still dedicated to private sector solutions to reduce poverty around the globe. And we still focus on small and medium enterprises—the engines of innovation and jobs and strong community partners.
Over our long history and in 137 countries, we have adapted to shifting global dynamics and the often challenging environments in which we operate.
- In the 1970s, we strengthened young businesses during the “East Asian miracle”.
- In the 1980s, we broadened private sector participation in Latin America.
- In the 1990s, we helped to bridge a free-market transition in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
- In the 2000s, we supported Africa’s rapid growth and helped Afghanistan rebuild after decades of conflict.