IMEC continues to advance its vision and scope for assisting the world's poor to become more resilient and position their communities for growth and sustainability. In 2015, IMEC launched the Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI): a strategic initiative to transform 1,000 impoverished communities in the developing world over a 10 year period.
TCI provides core community service providers with the tools needed for success. Each TCI community will simultaneously receive the equipment and tools necessary to heal, feed, train and educate the members of their community, thereby strengthening the three core services found in all successful communities:
Health Care: Support medical needs of communities, focusing on maternal and infant care.
Education: Support small family and cooperative farms.
Agriculture: Support primary schools and secondary schools including vocational programs.
This transformation touches health care providers, teachers, and family farmers. These trained and skilled professionals are working hard to be successful, but often have little to none of the proper equipment and tools needed to perform their jobs in the community. A TCI project targets these three services simultaneously. TCI focuses on communities that already have existing levels of services and that have the infrastructure in place to promote further, substantial change for their members.