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ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Vikāra Institute is a non-profit, process-driven learning and technical inquiry organization accelerating inclusive development to support resilient and growing systems. Vikāra supports the positive development of systems with direct impact on markets, livelihoods, health, education, women and girls, youth and the environment. 
* formerly operating as EcoVentures International

Our Mission

MEET OUR TEAM

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

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Dumisani Nyoni

CHAIR PERSON
Harare, Zimbabwe

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Dr. Ted Thomas

California, USA

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Nancy Fischer

Washington D.C., USA

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Dr. Gwen el Sawi

Maryland, USA

TEAM MEMBERS

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FOUNDER, BOARD MEMBER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Cape Town, South Africa

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Michael Field

SENIOR SYSTEMS THINKING SPECIALIST
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ana Bilik

Ana Bilik

SENIOR ASSOCIATE: STRATEGY & PARTNERSHIPS
Washington, D.C., USA

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Suzanne Brennan

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Washington, D.C., USA

Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace

FINANCIAL ASSOCIATE​
Washington, D.C., USA

Abigail

Abigail Martuscello

SENIOR ASSOCIATE PROGRAMS
Atlanta, GA, USA

Bronté McDonald

Bronté McDonald

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Cape Town, South Africa

Sesetu Holomisa

Sesetu Holomisa

ASSOCIATE​
Cape Town, South Africa

Aleksandros Spaho

Aleksandros Spaho

INTERN​
Alexandria, Virginia

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Gaya Shechter

INTERN
Washington, D.C., USA

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Caitlin Walters

INTERN
Cape Town, South Africa

Our Team

WHO WE WORK WITH

Our Partners
CONTRIBUTION TO DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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Market Systems, Value Chain & Entrepreneurial EcoSystems

Vikāra Institute uses systems lenses to catalyze change in value chains and entrepreneurial ecosystems leading to more competitive, inclusive and resilient market systems that can deliver more varied pathways out of poverty.

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Agriculture, Food Security & Nutrition

Vikāra Institute's work in food security and nutrition often interconnects with value chain and agricultural market systems as Vikāra focuses on using system lenses and thinking to leverage market forces to deliver improved outcomes in food security and nutrition. 

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Health & Social Systems

Similar to Vikāra Institute's work in food security and nutrition, Vikāra uses system lenses and thinking to leverage market forces to deliver improved outcomes in health and social wellbeing.

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Market-led Education, Livelihood, Enterprise & Workforce Development

Vikāra Institute's work in market-led education, livelihood, enterprise and workforce development is interconnected with market systems.  Through the application of systems thinking approaches, Vikāra leverages change in market systems that better align market forces leading to improved outcomes in education and labor market systems.

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Climate Adaption &  Natural Resource Management

Similar to Vikāra Institute's work in food security, nutrition, health and social systems, Vikāra uses system lenses and thinking to leverage market forces to deliver improved climate adaptation and natural resource management outcomes. 

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Youth, Women & Other Vulnerable Groups

Central to Vikāra Institute's application of systems thinking and approaches is the understanding that market systems require increased inclusivity in order to be competitive and resilient.  In this regard, Vikāra uses systems lenses and frameworks to understand and lower barriers for improved access and equal rights, all leading to greater inclusivity.

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