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Accelerating self-sufficiency & prosperity

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185 years of accelerating self-sufficiency and prosperity

Since 1833, we’ve been empowering leaders to accelerate self-sufficiency and prosperity for their communities, businesses, institutions and countries.

In the 19th century, that meant connecting people and trade by building roads and railways. In the 20th century, it meant building the capacity of national governments to meet their citizens’ needs, managing funds to support service delivery in difficult contexts and delivering world-class humanitarian aid. In the 21st century, we’re continuing that work and investigating the potential of frontier technologies to accelerate the pace of change for our partners.