Diasporas for Development Initiative

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Cuso International is seeking American diaspora volunteers with business and entrepreneurship skills in Kenya, the Philippines, Peru, Ethiopia and Jamaica.

A public-private partnership generously supported by USAID, Accenture and MentorCloud, implemented by Cuso International, the 'Diasporas for Development Initiative' (DfD) is designed to support and promote the mobilization of diaspora communities to address human resources gaps – often due to “brain drain” – in developing countries.

The 'Diasporas for Development' volunteers will provide support to partner organizations in the creation and development of employability and entrepreneurship skills and opportunities. DfD is open to all US citizens or permanent residents who are members of the diaspora community and others who have a demonstrated relevant connection to, or experience in, the target country.

Overall, the program two-pronged approach seeks to promote diaspora engagement in their countries of ancestry or heritage by:

  1. Developing partnerships with Diaspora Partner Organizations in the U.S. through reciprocal exchanges of support; and
  2. Recruiting and placing U.S.-based professionals from the diaspora in projects that build employability and entrepreneurship skills in their country of ancestry.

To apply to become a USAID 'Diasporas for Development Initiative' volunteer, review our available DfD placements on the volunteer job board.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to promote broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad. For more information, visit www.usaid.gov.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Through its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship focus, Accenture is committed to equipping 500,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The company generated net revenues of US$27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its home page is www.accenture.com.

This webpage is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID, Accenture or the implementing agency, Cuso International.

About MentorCloud

MentorCloud is a cloud-based platform that enables members within an organization to collaborate and support one another to achieve their personal, academic, and professional aspirations. Members can easily connect as subject-matter experts, mentors, mentees, and peers, around specific goals and areas of mutual interest.