Getting to know Creative

Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges. Its experts focus on building inclusive educational systems, transitioning communities from conflict to peace, developing sustainable economic growth, engaging youth, promoting transparent elections and more. Creative is recognized for its ability to quickly adapt and excel in conflict and post-conflict environments. To deliver a high degree of service, innovative theories of change and solid project evaluation, Creative is divided into four program divisions:

  • Education
  • Communities in Transition
  • Economic Growth
  • Creative Development Lab


President and CEO Leland Kruvant discusses Creative’s approach to development

Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has been a results-driven organization.

In Afghanistan, for example, the six-year Afghan Workforce Development Program helped more than 28,000 people find new employment or secure promotions through training in key skills for growing industries. Thirty-six percent of trainees and job placements were women, about a third of whom were unemployed prior to their training. 

In Honduras, the Proponte Más secondary violence prevention project has trained a cadre of counselors to work closely with families in five high-risk municipalities. Using an evidence-based approach and focusing on strengthening families as a whole, the project is helping reduce risk of gang joining for the country’s most vulnerable youth.

In Northern Nigeria, more than 30 percent of school-aged children do not have access to basic education. The Northern Education Initiative Plus program is reaching around 400,000 of these children and youth through non-formal learning centers and is improving education quality by training over 15,000 teachers.

Thanks to the support of international clients, multilateral donors and the private sector, today Creative has active programs more than 30 countries.

Creative has undertaken projects in more than 85 countries. Today, Creative counts on a professional staff of nearly 1,000 people around the world who are committed to working with government officials, the private sector, civil society organizations and community members to realize the positive change they seek.


    Creative was founded in 1977.


    The African proverb—“if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”—speaks to one of Creative’s core beliefs that partnerships produce better long-term results for communities. Creative partners with civil society organizations, multilateral donors, national governments, the private sector and others to improve education, stabilize neighborhoods and enhance community resiliency. Partnerships are one of the keys to Creative’s success.


    Creative’s staff is geographically rich and diverse—representing more than 50 countries—with fluency in Spanish, French, Arabic, Vietnamese, Russian and other languages.


    Creative’s staff take on challenging assignments that require them to meet the high expectations of the clients, national governments, implementing partners and communities. Through collaboration with other experts and using theories of change, Creative’s team are able to deliver programmatic results.


    Today, Creative has programs in nearly 30 countries, including Honduras, Afghanistan and Nigeria.


    Creative is divided into separate divisions—Programs, Operations, Business Development and Finance. Creative is led by the President and CEO Leland Kruvant. See our Leadership Team.

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