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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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.

El Salvador hosts first-ever national business plan competition

TechnoServe and local partners lead ¡Emprende tu Idea!, El Salvador’s first-ever national business plan competition, and TechnoServe’s first large-scale competition in Latin America. The initiative provided finalists with mentoring and access to credit, helping to launch or expand 238 businesses and create 1,500 new jobs in multiple countries across Latin America.

TechnoServe receives the Presidential End Hunger Award

The award, which is granted by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the White House, honors “American citizens and institutions that have made significant contributions to the goal of a world without hunger.”


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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