Celebrating 50 Years

TechnoServe was founded in 1968 to help hardworking people in the developing world lift themselves, their families, and their communities out of poverty.

We proudly celebrate fifty years of impact and millions of lives transformed through the power of private enterprise. As we reflect on all that TechnoServe has accomplished together with our supporters, partners, and enterprising people around the world, we are excited to catalyze even greater change in the years ahead.

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50th Anniversary Gala

October 10, 2018
New York City

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Revitalizing the Coffee Industry

TechnoServe works with the Tanzanian government to revitalize the coffee industry by developing more efficient manufacturing and purchasing systems throughout the country. Tanzania’s Minister of Finance, the Honorable Basil Mramba, said, “The Tanzanian coffee industry is on a slow but sure road to recovery, as it takes time to fully convert farmers from old habits and practices. We thank TechnoServe for the critical role they have played in this achievement.”

Paul E. Tierney, Jr. becomes Chairman

A returned Peace Corps volunteer and co-founder and general partner of several investment partnerships, Paul E. Tierney, Jr. is elected Chairman of the Board, and continues to serve in this role through 2018. During Paul’s 27-year tenure, TechnoServe emerged as a leading development organization, growing in size, sophistication, and impact. The budget grew from $7.3 million to $88 million and TechnoServe extended its reach from 13 to 29 countries.

As the organization grew, Paul led efforts to expand the Board of Directors and strengthen the organization’s management structure. Paul encouraged diversification of funding sources, including forging innovative partnerships with some of the world’s leading corporations. Paul’s commitment to partnerships and high-quality program implementation helped foster the development of the Fellows Program.

Paul is stepping down as Chairman of the Board at the end of 2018 but will remain on the Board as Chairman Emeritus.

Explore 50 years of growth.

TechnoServe provides support to enterprises in five countries

TechnoServe, which is now operating on a budget over $1 million, begins operations in El Salvador and is now providing technical support to five countries across Africa and Latin America. Staff begin to expand services to larger enterprises across diverse sectors in an effort to generate greater impact for more people in the communities where they work.


Explore some of TechnoServe's defining moments from the last 50 years.

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My enduring reward is the work itself. It is in the eyes and smiles and embraces of the people we help edge toward a better life. It is in the spirit of generosity my colleagues share with me. It is in the learning and insight I get from listening to our clients.
Chairman, TechnoServe

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