International Development

Our work with partners in international development delivers sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic growth.

As an industry leader, we are the only for-profit that has consistently participated in large supply chain focused social improvement projects. We couple that with an understanding of development finance and project objectives through successful management of IFC and USAID projects.

We have a demonstrated ability to extend the reach of projects by leveraging our extensive private sector network of retailers and brands and synergistic work. Our track record also shows evidence of bringing major projects online in compressed timeframes, managing complex multi-stakeholder projects, and extensive experience in assessment and capacity building. We excel in bringing strong financial management, budgeting, and business impact measures to social programs.

A representative project was the collaboration by the Jordanian Ministry of Labor and USAID to investigate allegations of widespread labor rights violations of migrant workers in Jordan’s garment sector, including modern slavery.

ELEVATE was selected by USAID to develop, manage and implement the Joint Labor Assessment and Training Project. The aim of the project was to assess the working conditions in Jordan’s garment sector while taking initial steps to build capacity within the Ministry of Labor, especially within its Directorate of Labor Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health. This was followed by measures to begin to address the underlying causes of worker rights violations in Jordan.

We carried out unannounced visits to a majority of Jordan’s garment factories over a three-month period. The work involved comparing factory working conditions against a list of standards compiled from Jordanian law and the international labor standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO). As a follow on to this assignment, we provided ongoing advisory and program support services to the Ministry of Labor through USAID funding.