ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth, higher living standards and vibrant communities in low-income countries and emerging democracies.
We provide sustainable solutions to the most pressing and intractable development problems. Our activities span the development continuum, from meeting basic needs to community stabilization, food security and nutrition, poverty alleviation, access to financial services and market integration.
We do not address single problems in isolation but rather integrate approaches from our five practice areas:
- Community Development
- Enterprise Development
- Financial Services
- Food Security
A nonprofit that means business.
ACDI/VOCA retains a grassroots orientation from its beginnings in cooperative development. While we still work people-to-people to increase household income and food security, we also design and implement multidisciplinary economic development projects of significant scale and complexity. We advise decision makers as they navigate toward a market-based economy and democracy, and we enable organizations, whether enterprises, financial institutions, cooperatives or associations, to manage and finance themselves.
ACDI/VOCA is an industry leader in value chain-oriented poverty alleviation. We have hard-won experience in conflict-affected and fragile states, and proficiency at managing the transition from relief to development. Our innovative approaches to food aid and financial services leverage resources to support economic development and meet the test of the market.
We strive to ensure that women, youth, indigenous populations and other marginalized groups have a voice in, and benefit from, all of our interventions. Through a variety of methods we provide knowledge, opportunities and choices that enable people to live better lives.
What distinguishes ACDI/VOCA?
Balance: Development acumen blended with humanitarian concern
Values: Dedication to beneficiaries as true partners, wise stewardship of resources, and a knowledgeable, experienced, diverse and effective team
Knowledge and Capacity: Research, knowledge generation and dissemination, monitoring and evaluation, and sound business practice
Sustainability: Beneficiary-driven solutions that foster self-sufficiency, build skills and capacity, and focus on the bottom line
Readiness and Resiliency: Quick response to emergencies in countries where we operate, combined with a capacity to make clear-headed decisions that balance short-term emergency needs with long-term economic growth
Accessibility and Scale: Facility working on both small- and large-scale projects under a variety of contracts, grants, cooperative agreements and teaming agreements, organizing and leading large consortiums, and mounting global, integrated projects
Synergies through Partnerships: Leveraging public funding and creating synergies through over 200 NGO, private sector, academic, public sector and multilateral partners