Monday, December 19, 2011

ACDI/VOCA Empowers People in the Global Economy

I'm hoping to hear back this week about whether or not ACDI/VOCA will approve my proposal to do my global internship with their local headquarters in the Philippines. Here's a video that tells us more about what they do around the world:

ACDI/VOCA stands for Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance. They are a non-profit organization that is striving to see a world where "people are empowered to succeed in the global economy."

Their mission is "to promote economic opportunities for cooperatives, enterprises and communities through the innovative application of sound business practice."

They value a commitment to their overseas beneficiaries. They want to alleviate poverty and see broad-based economic growth. They also value wise stewardship of development resources. The have high standards for the development projects they undertake but they maintain a human focus. This means there is accountability and they are results-oriented. They also value their staff. Their staff are diverse, empowered, and qualified to do the important work of advancing the mission.

ACDI/VOCA has worked in 145 countries since being founded in 1963. They have about $140 million in total revenues. Right now they have 97 active projects in 41 countries. With over 1500 employees, 170 are based in the U.S. while 1,350 are overseas. (ACDI/VOCA at a glance).

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