PCI works with local stakeholders to design and implement integrated, community-driven programs that are asset-based and empowering. We are leveraging our people to continuously make best use of limited resources to creatively tackle the world’s most pervasive challenges in a way that is cost-effective, efficient and scalable.
PCI’s 2020 Strategic Plan identifies several interrelated priority areas of focus that cut across all of our programs and operations and that are what we consider to be key drivers of real and lasting impact:
- Innovation in Programs and Operations
- Local Capacity Strengthening
- Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls
- Sustainable Impact Rigorously Measured
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PCI works with local stakeholders to design and implement integrated, community-driven programs that are asset-based and empowering. By embedding innovation in our programs and operations, PCI is leveraging our people to continuously make best use of limited resources to creatively tackle the world’s most pervasive challenges in a way that is cost-effective, efficient and scalable. We believe that program quality requires us to learn from what works and what doesn’t and we believe that we cannot have quality if we are not innovating and co-creating. “What got us here won’t get us there” is a slogan that resonates with PCI because we know that we must continually strive for new and remarkably better solutions to problems that need to be addressed, whether they be a food security issue in an urban environment, a climate change challenge for pastoralists, or a financial management task that currently takes way too many hours to accomplish. And if we don’t strive for new and remarkably better solutions, seeking them with the communities we serve and where we may least expect to find them, then we are not only failing to achieve quality in our programming, but we are living the “definition of insanity”.
Local capacity strengthening, gender equality, and empowerment are essential pathways to achieving lasting change at all levels – from individuals and their families, to the community, civil society, and government. PCI believes that it is only by strengthening local capacity, and by supporting women and girls to reach their rightful potential, that we can truly achieve positive change that evolves and continues to be responsive to an ever-changing environment. PCI’s approaches promote local ownership and social capital that can be unleashed for greater and longer lasting outcomes across sectors.
But empowerment, capacity strengthening, local ownership and market forces aren’t enough for sustainable impact. To truly achieve sustainable impact, we must improve our understanding of what lasts and what doesn’t, and why and why not. We need to carry out post project studies years after our interventions to really know what contributes to lasting change. And then we need to ensure that what we learn is incorporated into our design and implementation of programs as part of quality improvement. In a nutshell, sustainable outcomes related to health, hunger and hardship are only possible if we innovate, strengthen local capacity at all levels, invest in and harness the potential of women and girls, continually improve our understanding about, and evidence of, sustainability.