Community Economic Development

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Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products. Some Volunteers also teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies such as e-commerce, distance learning, and more.

Peace Corps Volunteers help strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities overseas. Volunteers support communities through business development and advising, urban and regional planning, and computer science.

Programs and Sample Projects[edit]

Business Advising

  • Teach business courses and English
  • Train and advise communities in business planning, marketing, financial management, and product design
  • Develop and write project funding proposals and assist with microfinance programs

Nongovernmental Organization Development

  • Train rural groups and local leaders to build organizational capacity through improved leadership and communications skills Help identify sources of program funding and other support and assist with grant proposal preparation
  • Help local entities with strategic planning and program assessment and promote active community participation Business Development
  • Consult with local businesses and conduct seminars on starting a business, strategic planning, marketing, merchandising, organizational development, and tourism development
  • Develop business education curriculum, design training materials, and work with women and minority groups to strengthen their participation in the economic system

Urban and Regional Planning

  • Assess the impact of planned activities or economic and environmental development on communities
  • Assist in infrastructure planning for primary and secondary cities
  • Assist with the creation and control of project budgets


Requirements vary by position, but competitive candidates will have a strong background in business, management, or economics. A bachelor's or master's degree in a related field is desired, however candidates may be considered if they have substantial background in business management.

External Links[edit]

Community Economic Development Official US Peace Corps Website