Our Impact

All Regions

Ending global poverty depends on creating a sustainable impact. We rigorously collect and analyze data from our projects to continually improve our approach and scale up progress. This past year our efforts can be measured in many ways.

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Financial Benefits

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Women Beneficiaries

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Finance Mobilized

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Average Return On Investment

Our Measurement Approach

TechnoServe uses the most rigorous, cost-efficient methods possible in our measurement, aiming to report only the impact that is attributable to our work. We do this by establishing baseline data and using counterfactuals, control groups, or other methods to exclude the effects of variables outside of our control. We then analyze this data to identify successful project models and learn how to improve future approaches.

As one of the premier organizations helping fight global poverty, transparency is the cornerstone of TechnoServe’s measurement approach. We share data on the impact all our projects create, regardless of whether it looks good or bad. We believe this transparency can inform greater and more effective programs aimed at reducing poverty, both within TechnoServe and in the broader development community.

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Cost-Effective Impact

Just as investors seek the maximum financial return for their clients, TechnoServe works to turn every program dollar into the greatest possible income gains for our own clients: the people we work with in the developing world. We analyze the cost-effectiveness of all our work, applying lessons to programs across our portfolio.


Average income gain for every $1 in program cost.

Spotlight: Big Impact for the Money

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TechnoServe’s Youth Employability Program built on the success of an earlier program, which developed a model for helping young people in Mumbai’s marginalized communities enter the white-collar workforce. After that program closed in 2016, this follow-on initiative scaled that model and closed in 2018 with an ROI of more than 20.


Average income gain for every $1 in program cost.

External Evaluations

Whenever possible, TechnoServe leverages external evaluators to conduct independent assessments and evaluate our implementation model. Learn more about external evaluations of our work.

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