Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) is a four-year project that commenced in October 2012. ABADE primarily works with the private sector to strengthen the productivity of enterprises focused on sustained growth and job creation. ABADE’s objectives are to increase domestic and foreign investment, stimulate employment, and improve sales of Afghan products. Furthermore, ABADE is designed to complement other USAID programs that are focused on improving the business-enabling environment, increasing the workforce, and facilitating access to finance. ABADE’s alliances with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will accelerate productivity and job creation by mitigating risk, and leveraging contributions from private companies via alliances.
IESC began its operations in Afghanistan as a subcontractor on the USAID-funded Afghanistan Small Medium Enterprise (SME) Development (ASMED) Program. The objectives of ASMED were to improve the quantity and quality of market information, support business association development, establish private-public partnership, build the capacity of future business leaders through professional internships, and develop the business development service sector. In its role on that program IESC has provided market analysis of promising industry sectors, facilitation of SME access to promising markets, capacity building of business support organizations and education institutions, and long-term project coordination. IESC has been awarded nearly triple the initial allocated funding and program activities were extended for an additional two years.
The Capacity Building & Change Management Project (CBCMP) is a three-year project under the direction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). CBCMP provides assistance to the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) to improve its ability to assist Afghanistan’s agriculture sector and directly handle more donor development assistance. The project began in November 2010 and is scheduled for completion in May 2014.
As the lead implementer under the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA), IESC leads a strong team comprised of partners International City Management Association (ICMA), Land O’Lakes, and the International Institute for Education (IIE).
Agriculture is the main source of income for the Afghan economy with more than 80% of the population involved in farming, herding or both. Yet, agricultural exports remain low and millions of people are food insecure. In line with the U.S. Government’s top reconstruction priority, USDA and IESC are helping Afghanistan revitalize its agricultural sector through activities aimed to strengthen the capacity of the Afghan government, rebuild agricultural markets, and improve management of natural resources. Key to this strategy is an effective and self sustaining Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock which can provide necessary services to Afghan farmers and herders.
IESC has implemented several projects and 56 technical assistance consultancies in Bangladesh. Our most recent project was the Global Trade and Technology Network program, which was under a larger Business Development Services II umbrella project. Spanning 6 years, the program facilitated the transfer of U.S. technology and services to Bangladesh by matching a local company’s development needs with a U.S. firm equipped to provide the appropriate technological solutions. IESC facilitated 1510 business linkages which resulted in $3.7 million in transactions for regional firms. Our technical assistance programs started in 1989 in Bangladesh and concentrated in the education, textile, manufacturing, and chemical sectors.
IESC’s first activity in Bhutan began in 2004 with a technical assistance consultancy contracted with a private client. The consultancy contributed to the strengthening of the World Food Programme through an assessment of the organization’s capacity.
IESC has implemented technical assistance/training consultancies in China with the objective of increasing employment, income, productivity, and the growth of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs). IESC also conducted market studies to guide appropriate service delivery. With additional support from the Xerox Corporation, IESC provided services covering focus areas such SME and business association development, productivity development, management, and systems improvement. Sectors of focus included automotive, retail, manufacturing, and banking.
IESC’s efforts in Hong Kong took place over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies as part of the IESC Technical Assistance program funded by a USAID Core Grant. In total, IESC completed a total of 33 technical assistance consultancies to small and medium enterprises in a variety of sectors in Hong Kong.
IESC’s first activity began in India in 1967 with a series of individual technical assistance (TA) consultancies as part of a global IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a Core Grant awarded by USAID. IESC's most recent program in India was the Access to Clean Energy and Water (ACEW) Initiative, In total, IESC has been the prime implementing organization for eight full-scale programs under USAID cooperative agreements and delivered a total 400 technical assistance consultancies over its tenure in India. Sectors of focus over the past 40+ years include the following: Agricultural Machinery, Agro Processing, Automotive Industry/Auto Ancillaries, Cement, Chemicals, Electronic Components, Energy, Environment, Forgings and Castings, Child Healthcare/Reproductive Health, Paper/Pulp Industry, Power Generation/Distribution, Travel/Tourism, among others.
IESC’s activities in Indonesia began in 1982 with a series of technical assistance (TA) consultancies as part of IESC Technical Assistance programs funded by a USAID Core Grant. In total, IESC has been the prime implementing organization for five full-scale USAID grants and/or cooperative agreements and delivered a total of 676 technical assistance consultancies in Indonesia. Sectors of focus over IESC’s tenure in Indonesia include the following: Handicrafts; Agribusiness; Textiles/Apparel; Livestock; Electronics; Automobiles; Retail; Transportation/Infrastructure; Publishing; Business Associations; Food Processing; Paper; Pharmaceuticals/Chemicals; Health; Education; Wood Products; Manufacturing; Banking; Real Estate; Tourism/Hospitality; E-Commerce; and Government Affairs.
At present, IESC is the prime implementer of USAID’s three year $5.7 million Kazakhstan Business Connections Project. Under this program, IESC is building the capacity and competitiveness of Kazakhstani SMEs via three distinct but interrelated components: providing trainers to conduct business training in Kazakhstan, planning and leading business development tours to the United States, and developing and expanding the web portal for the Entrepreneurship Development Fund DAMU in Kazakhstan.
IESC’s activities in Kazakhstan began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies. In total, IESC has delivered 231 technical assistance consultancies in the country, focusing on both SME development and public administration. IESC has also implemented three other programs in Kazakhstan, including the Global Trade & Technology Network program, the Arizona-Kazakhstan Partnership Program, and the Public Administration for Senior Managers in Government Program.
IESC’s work in Kyrgyzstan began in the 1990s and IESC has since implemented three programs with USAID funding, for which it was a prime implementing organization on all. IESC has also implemented 79 technical assistance consultancies in the country, focused upon association strengthening, marketing, strategic planning, and public administration. Sectors of focus include textiles/apparel, ICT, food processing, jewelry, construction, education, finance/accounting, advertising, automotive, pharmaceuticals, wood products, tourism, lamps/lighting, machinery, agribusiness, and health.
IESC’s activities in Malaysia delivered a total of 293 technical assistance (TA) consultancies as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant. IESC volunteer experts sought to improve Small Medium Enterprise (SME) development by providing TA, business services, and management training. The program’s objective was to increase employment, income, productivity, and economic growth of local SME enterprises.
IESC’s activities in Mongolia began in 1990 with a series of technical assistance consultancies as part of the IESC Technical Assistance programs funded by a USAID Core Grant. In total, IESC has been the prime implementing organization for one full-scale USAID program in Mongolia and has delivered a total of 25 technical assistance consultancies in the country. Sectors of focus over IESC’s tenure in Mongolia include construction, textiles/apparel, metal/metallurgy, petroleum, banking, ICT, and human resources. IESC was the prime implementing organization of the Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN). Mongolia was one of 13 Asia & Near East countries receiving assistance under the program, which emerged from the US-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) program; a public-private partnership focused on the environment and clean energy sectors.
IESC’s activities in Nepal began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant. In total, IESC has delivered a total of 42 technical assistance consultancies in Nepal in a variety of sectors, including handicrafts; textiles/apparel; infrastructure/transportation; health; education; paper/printing; electronics; ICT; broadcast media; manufacturing; tourism/hospitality; and microfinance. IESC was also a subcontractor on the Market Access and Rural Development program, whose objective was to increase sales of agricultural commodities by promoting market expansion and participation of farmers and agro-entrepreneurs in high-value commodity production and marketing. Under that program, IESC provide short-term technical assistance for the implementation of the program in five districts of the Rapti Zone.
IESC’s work in Oman took place under the Trade Capacity Building Program funded by the State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). As the prime implementer of this Middle East and North African regional program, IESC provided assistance in meeting requirements for WTO accession; promoted best practices in customs regulations and fee setting, and government procurement; and helped companies take advantage of signed Free-Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the US. Primary countries of operation were Oman, Algeria, Yemen and Bahrain. In Oman, IESC provided assistance in establishing the structure and planning activities of a SME Directorate; developed an Entrepreneur Guide or “Tool Kit,” to assist SMEs to participate in business relationships with US firms; conducted a seminar on Maximizing Trade with the United States; and conducted a trade capacity building workshop that included one on one targeted technical assistance.
IESC’s activities in Pakistan began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance consultancies under a core grant with USAID. In total, IESC has delivered 56 short term technical assistance consultancies to Pakistani enterprises in sectors including textiles / apparel, food processing, construction / building materials, agribusiness / livestock, rubber, printing/ packaging, machinery, chemicals, education / educational products, glass products, automotive, banking/financial services, security systems, and metal / metallurgy.
IESC was a subcontractor on an AusAID funded program in Papua New Guinea. Under that program, IESC delivered its proprietary BizAIDS model for a pilot program in East New Britain Province. The pilot combined HIV/AIDS education with business skills training and access to voluntary counseling and testing in order to mitigate the economic impact of health related crises attributed to HIV/AIDS. Through three BizAIDS workshops, IESC trained 84 people, of which 76% were female. Participants stated that they could better plan for the future as a result of their increased knowledge of HIV/AIDS acquired through the training. In addition, more than 90% of participants reported improved business record keeping after the training and an increase in their saving rates. Over 80% had shared the BizAIDS Workbook with others and were teaching someone else in their business on how to improve their business operations.
IESC’s activities in the Philippines began over 30 years ago with a series of technical assistance (TA) consultancies delivered as part of the IESC Technical Assistance Program funded by a global USAID Core Grant. In total, IESC has delivered a total of 497 technical assistance consultancies in the Philippines, in sectors including production/manufacturing, agriculture, and printing. IESC has implemented two additional USAID funded programs in the Philippines, both of which as the prime implementing organization. IESC implemented the Global Trade and Technology Network program in the Philippines under the larger $28 million Business Development Services II Cooperative Agreement. The Philippines was one of 13 Asia & Near East countries receiving assistance under the program. The purpose of the program was to facilitate the transfer of U.S. technology and services by matching a local company’s development needs with U.S. firms equipped to provide the appropriate technological solutions. IESC facilitated this purpose through a business linkage database that enabled such matching. In the Asia & Near East region, IESC facilitated 1510 business linkages between 2002 and 2004 with thirty-two transactions valued at a total of $3.7 million US dollars. IESC was also the prime implementing organization for a small USAID program focused upon strengthening small, philanthropic enterprises in the Philippines through technical assistance and co-financing.
IESC implemented the USAID funded Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program as well as the US-Asia Environmental Partnership (US-AEP) in Singapore. The purpose of the two programs was to facilitate the transfer of U.S. technology and services to Singapore, with an emphasis on environmental technology. IESC has also delivered 3 technical assistance consultancies in Singapore.
IESC has delivered a total of 467 technical assistance consultancies in South Korea focused on small and medium enterprise (SME) development and exports. Through the IESC Technical Assistance Program, IESC experts worked to increase employment, income, productivity and economic growth of local enterprises in several sectors including tourism and financial services.
Thirty years ago, in 1984, IESC began working in Sri Lanka to support economic development initiatives. In 1991, IESC was the prime implementing organization for the $17 million USAID-funded Technology Initiative for the Private Sector (TIPS) program. With a focus on sustainable job creation, enhancing technological sophistication of enterprises, and increasing export earnings, IESC worked directly with 706 Sri Lankan companies to bolster their world market competitiveness through trade shows, technology exposure programs, and benchmarking tours. The TIPS Program resulted in the expansion of value-added tea exports into new markets including Russia, the Middle East, and the US. Employment among participating firms increased by 49%, exports increased by 55%, and domestic sales increased by 41%.
Currently, IESC is leading the USAID funded Facilitating Economic Growth Project that provides technical assistance to help address the disparity in economic development between conflict-afflicted districts in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province and the rest of the country. As the prime implementer, IESC leads a team providing targeted assistance to small medium enterprises (SMEs), agribusiness and related associations, and NGOs.
As the prime implementing organization for the Newly Independent States Regional Program (NIS), IESC delivered technical assistance consultancies to increase employment, income, productivity, and economic growth of local enterprises in new states of the former Soviet Union. In Tajikistan IESC delivered twelve consultancies leading towards improved SME development, trade and competitiveness, marketing, and management. Improved value chains included food processing, printing, textiles and apparel, ICT/telecommunications, and glass products.
Having started work in Thailand over 30 years ago, IESC experts have delivered 72 technical assistance consultancies in multiple value chains including plastics, agribusiness and livestock, textiles, chemicals, food processing, lighting, health, human resources, metallurgy, electronics, ICT, paper products, tourism and hospitality, banking and finance, and research and development. Most recently, as a key implementing partner on the Accelerating Economic Recovery in Asia (AERA) program, IESC experts succeeded in training several Thai small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to increase operating profits and competitiveness.
IESC began implementing programs to support small and medium enterprise (SME) development in Turkmenistan in the early 1990s. As the prime implementing organization for the NIS Regional Program, IESC led a series of thirty technical assistance consultancies for newly independent states emerging from the former Soviet Union. IESC experts delivered technical assistance, training and business services to improve value chain competitiveness in food processing, printing, textiles, ICT, plastics, transportation, health, education, banking/finance, manufacturing/equipment and agribusiness.
IESC has implemented over 95 technical consultancies and two full-scale USAID programs in Uzbekistan since the mid-1990s. IESC experts delivered training in food processing, communications, agribusiness, auditing and accounting, stone and marble, banking and financial services, including securities. As the prime implementing organization for the USAID Global Trade & Technology Network (GTN) program, IESC increased regional competitiveness for Uzbek small medium enterprise (SMEs) by improving their technical and managerial capacities and helping them prepare for investment, joint ventures, and other strategic alliances. IESC also provided guidance to qualified firms through a process of diagnostic evaluation, strategic planning, and market research geared towards preparing firms for expansion and development.
IESC has implemented projects in several sectors in Vietnam including communications technology, construction, consumer goods, and environment. Most recently, as the prime implementing organization for the Global Trade and Technology Network (GTN) program, IESC worked with US businesses to transfer environmentally friendly and energy efficient technologies to the region. Throughout the project, IESC facilitated 1510 business linkages and 32 transactions resulting in $3.7 for regional firms. Additionally, while implementing a software development program in Vietnam, IESC provided technical volunteers to build the software development capacity of five Vietnamese Companies with a focus on Capability Maturity Modeling (CMM).