Our Approach

Click below to learn more about our unique, transformative approach to the critical areas in which we work.

Capacity Development and Grants Management

A hallmark of our approach to fostering development is the use of structured systems to fund local activities through grants, which generally incorporate a match from the community.

Civil Society and Governance 

We have helped civil society organizations (CSOs) around the world develop their capacity to advocate for effective democratic processes, to more efficiently deliver services, and to foster policies that support basic human rights.

Commitment to Inclusion 

We put our commitment to inclusion at the center of our diverse portfolio of programs, working to include all parts of society, including women, youth, people with disabilities, indigenous people, LGBTI persons, and racial, religious and ethnic minorities. Inclusion strengthens our programs by providing us with diverse points of view and ground truth, and allows us to have more comprehensive impact.


We approach education through a comprehensive portfolio of programs that includes experiential study abroad for high school students, higher education for undergraduate and graduate students in the United States and around the world, and development programs that strengthen education in communities around the world.


Each year, we bring emerging leaders from around the world to the United States for international exchanges. We offer short-term learning experiences for individuals seeking professional development through links to U.S. and international colleagues, new insights, and a broader view of core U.S. values and culture.


Our HIV/AIDS interventions maximize our expertise in education, civil society and governance, and human and institutional capacity development in order to create innovative, multi-sector approaches.

Participant Training 

Since 1982, we have administered U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) participant training programs for over 102,956 individuals.

Post-Conflict Transformation

We work around the globe to provide the training and support needed to transform conflicts.


Our approach to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) includes domestic and international projects as well as short-term teacher training courses.

Youth Leadership 

Our youth programs administer exchanges that foster understanding and respect between the youth of the United States and many other countries.

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