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==Overview==
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The overall goal of this project is to strengthen civic and economic conditions by achieving sustainable, progressive, and competitive agricultural development.
  
Peace Corps Volunteers respond to various needs that impact [[Africa]]'s development. These include the importance of [[HIV/AIDS]] prevention and [[education]], girls' education, the increasing pressures of environmental degradation, advances in [[information technology]], and the democratization process that some countries are committed to supporting.
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The primary objective of the project is to improve the resources, presentation skills and mixed media ability of organization “Beskitek”, the organizational leader and partner of farming cooperative CPKV, Zhetasai. This will be done through 55 hours of IT trainings by the Peace Corps volunteer on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Adobe Photoshop, combined with resource acquisitions of a laptop computer, LCD projector and projection screen, and a color printer. This will increase the ability to disseminate information of new business and agricultural strategies and methodologies to local civic and agricultural partners, thus improving the capacity building of those organizations.
Peace Corps has continued to develop a strong partnership with the people of Africa. Volunteers currently work in the areas of [[education]], [[health]] and [[HIV/AIDS]], [[business development]], [[agriculture]], and the [[environment]].  
 
  
==Countries==
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The secondary objective of the project is creating and publishing the first copy of a bi-monthly agricultural newsletter, along with designing organizational brochures and posters. Working with partners and local farmers has exposed the limited connectivity and sharing of information between partnering farmers, processing plants, and financial and civic institutions.
  
'''CURRENT'''
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Community contributions include office space for IT trainings, an auditorium for partners and civic trainings, a computer, filing cabinet, binders, folders, and paper for the newsletters, poster, and brochure, along with an IT technical assistant, agricultural trainers, travel costs, graphic designer, project coordinator, and newspaper editor.
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| Sahel || [[Cape Verde]] || [[The Gambia]] || [[Mali]] || [[Mauritania]] || [[Niger]] || [[Senegal]]
 
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| Coastal West and Central Africa || [[Benin]] || [[Burkina Faso]] || [[Cameroon]] || [[Ghana]] || [[Guinea]] || [[Togo]]
 
|-
 
| Eastern Africa || [[Kenya]] || [[Ethiopia]] || [[Madagascar]] || [[Malawi]] || [[Mozambique]] || [[Rwanda]] || [[Tanzania]] || [[Uganda]]
 
|-
 
| Southern Africa || [[Botswana]] || [[Lesotho]] || [[Namibia]] || [[South Africa]] || [[Swaziland]] || [[Zambia]]
 
|}
 
  
 
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Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.
'''PAST'''
 
{|
 
|[[Chad]] || [[Liberia]]
 
|-
 
|[[Gabon]] ||[[Mauritius]]
 
|-
 
|[[Burundi]] ||[[Nigeria]]
 
|-
 
|[[Central African Republic]] || [[Republic of Congo]]
 
|-
 
|[[Comoros]]
 
|-
 
|[[Cote D'ivoire]] ||[[Sao Tome and Principe]]
 
|-
 
|[[Democratic Republic of Congo]]|| [[Sierra Leone]]
 
|-
 
|[[Equitorial Guinea]] || [[Somalia]]
 
|-
 
|[[Eritrea]] ||[[Sudan]]
 
|-
 
[[Seychelles]]
 
|-
 
|[[Guinea-Bissau]] ||[[Zimbabwe]]
 
|}
 
 
 
 
 
==Statistics==
 
 
 
'''[[Africa]]''' currently represents '''39%''' of the volunteers.
 
 
 
By sector:<br>
 
Volunteers serving in [[Africa]]<br>
 
'''27%''' are [[Education| Education Volunteers]]<br>
 
'''22%''' are [[Health| Health Volunteers]]<br>
 
'''17%''' are [[Youth Outreach|Youth]] and [[Community Development| Community Development Volunteers]]<br>
 
'''17%''' are [[Business Development|Business]] and [[Information technology|Information & Communication Technology Volunteers]]<br>
 
'''11%''' are [[Agriculture| Agriculture Volunteers]]<br>
 
'''7%''' are [[Environment| Environment Volunteers]]<br>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
==Detailed==
 
Since [[1961]], more than 60,000 Peace Corps
 
Volunteers have served in 46 African countries. Today
 
the Peace Corps continues to enjoy strong cooperation
 
and support from the people of Africa. At the end of fiscal
 
year [[2007]], the agency predicts that 2,811 Volunteers
 
and trainees will be on board, working in 25 countries.
 
Programs in Africa cover all six of the agency’s
 
program sectors—[[agriculture]], [[business development]],
 
[[education]], [[environment]], [[health]] and [[HIV/AIDS]], and
 
[[youth outreach|youth]]. In addition, many Volunteers are engaged in
 
projects involving information and communication
 
technology ([[ICT]]), and girls’ education. With real
 
potential for expansion in these sectors and projects,
 
the Africa region is poised for substantial growth. In
 
fiscal year (FY) [[2006]], Peace Corps received multiple
 
requests from African governments to enter or reenter
 
programs in their countries. The Peace Corps will be
 
re-entering [[Ethiopia]] in FY [[2007]].
 
 
 
[[Safety and security]] of Volunteers continues to
 
be the agency’s number-one priority. Twenty-nine
 
employees are dedicated strictly to safety and security
 
in the Africa region, and each of the 25 posts has a
 
designated safety and security coordinator. In addition,
 
the Africa region’s safety and security desk officer
 
located at Peace Corps headquarters ensures effective
 
communication and compliance related to issues of
 
safety. Three additional safety and security officers
 
with sub-regional responsibilities are located in [[South Africa]], [[Togo]], and [[Uganda]], and they provide advice and
 
support to the country directors.
 
 
 
Africa remains the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic.
 
The Peace Corps has had a strong commitment
 
to fight the spread of this terrible disease since the mid [[1980]]s.
 
Eleven posts are working very closely with the
 
President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
 
The Peace Corps trains all Volunteers bound for Africa,
 
regardless of their primary assignment, in HIV/AIDS
 
prevention and education. Volunteers provide AIDS
 
education and prevention messages to schools, outof-
 
school youth, and communities. They also help
 
build capacity for communities and local AIDS service
 
organizations to care for orphans and vulnerable children,
 
and to support people living with HIV/AIDS.
 
Volunteers are uniquely suited to work in HIV/AIDS because they live and work in the communities where
 
they serve. They are trained to communicate AIDS
 
prevention messages in local languages, and they share
 
information in a culturally sensitive way. In addition
 
to deaf education programs in [[Kenya]] and [[Ghana]],
 
Africa teaches Volunteers 169 other local languages
 
along with [[French]] and [[Portuguese]], to enable them
 
to effectively live and work in their communities. In
 
[[Botswana]], Volunteers give priority to those organization
 
supporting orphans and vulnerable children, as
 
well as basic palliative care. They build the capacity of
 
government district and sub-district AIDS coordinators
 
to coordinate the delivery of HIV/AIDS-related
 
services to families and communities throughout
 
the country, and work in rural areas with local social
 
workers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs),
 
and community-based organizations that are striving
 
to mobilize and implement community responses to
 
HIV/AIDS.
 
 
 
In [[health]], Volunteers work in 22 countries across
 
the continent to improve child survival, nutrition,
 
disease prevention, environmental health, orphan care,
 
home-based care, youth at-risk groups, and women’s
 
health. In [[Cameroon]], for instance, Volunteers are
 
improving the quality of life through health education,
 
water/sanitation instruction, HIV/AIDS/sexually
 
transmitted disease prevention, and community
 
development. They train peer educators, which facilitate
 
collaboration among organizations, including
 
training in innovative water/sanitation techniques
 
and community education on HIV/AIDS. In [[Guinea]],
 
Volunteers work as public health extensionists, conducting
 
health-needs assessments and developing
 
appropriate health-promotion activities with local
 
counterparts. Volunteers provide health education,
 
monitor and evaluate health systems, and build local
 
organizational capacity to deliver services in reproductive
 
health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, nutrition and control
 
of diarrheal diseases.
 
 
 
Peace Corps Volunteers are involved with business
 
development in 12 countries across Africa. Their efforts
 
focus on teaching business skills to youth, farmers,
 
artisans, NGOs, credit institutions, and IT-related
 
businesses. In [[Senegal]], for instance, Peace Corps’ small
 
enterprise activities respond to the government’s priority development need to promote economic recovery
 
through private-sector initiatives. Volunteers train
 
entrepreneurs and help them better plan, manage, and
 
operate their businesses. They particularly focus on
 
agribusinesses, artisans, ecotourism, youth, and [[ICT]].
 
The Peace Corps also participates in [[Senegal]]’s Digital
 
Freedom Initiative.
 
 
 
[[Education]] remains the Peace Corps’ largest program
 
sector in Africa, with education projects in 20
 
countries. Among the subjects taught by Volunteers
 
are English, mathematics, science, arts, ICT, and
 
life skills. Volunteers use community content-based
 
instruction to incorporate HIV/AIDS, environmental,
 
and gender-specific themes into their lesson plans
 
and presentations. In [[Mozambique]], Volunteers teach
 
between 15 and 24 class hours per week of sciences and
 
English. Outside the classroom, Volunteers organize
 
clubs, student newsletters, and field trips. Primary
 
education teacher trainers work at the government
 
teacher training institute or a private institute run by
 
a Dutch NGO to prepare teachers to teach English as
 
a foreign language. Volunteers who teach 10th grade
 
prepare their students to pass the national exams for
 
entry into higher academic levels leading to university
 
and teacher training colleges. In [[Niger]], Volunteers
 
respond to the critical need for English training programs,
 
helping increase community understanding
 
of the importance of education, and contributing to
 
formal and nonformal education that benefits an entire
 
community as well as its youth. Volunteers teach teachers
 
life skills, introduce community content-based
 
instruction, and link out-of-school youth with learning
 
programs in their communities. They also assist youth
 
with income-generating and vocational projects.
 
 
 
Volunteers in the [[agriculture and environment]]
 
sectors work in 14 countries in Africa to improve
 
agricultural practices and promote environmentally
 
friendly approaches. Volunteers and their counterparts
 
address environmental issues by promoting
 
environmental education in schools and by educating
 
farmers. In [[Cameroon]], for example, Volunteers work
 
with individual farmers and farmer groups to identify
 
agroforestry technologies that address their needs,
 
protect natural resources, and promote sustainable
 
farming systems. Volunteers help establish seed banks
 
and introduce soil-improvement methods such as composting. They also promote live fencing, improved
 
pasture/fodder production techniques, vegetable
 
propagation technologies, beekeeping, watershed protection,
 
windbreaks, erosion control, natural pesticides,
 
woodlots, tree nurseries, and medicinal plants.
 
 
 
Volunteers work with individual farmers and
 
farmer groups to identify agroforestry technologies
 
that address their needs, protect natural resources,
 
and promote sustainable farming systems. In [[Malawi]],
 
Volunteers work with communities to develop and
 
implement resource management plans, extending
 
natural resource management and introducing income-
 
generating practices. While the work is hands-on and
 
includes working with technical environmental issues,
 
all of the work is geared toward building local capacity,
 
preparing nurseries, planting trees, and researching
 
appropriate species for different environments.
 
 
 
Across Africa, youth are a major focus of Volunteer  
 
work, not only in education, but also in community
 
health and development, small enterprise development,
 
environmental education, and girls’ empowerment.
 
In [[Namibia]], Volunteers promote school improvement
 
through learner-centered education and by strengthening
 
the relationship between primary and combined
 
schools and the communities they serve. In addition
 
to their work as school resources, they provide HIV/
 
AIDS education and home-based care support in the  
 
community. In [[Senegal]], Volunteers work with youth in
 
environmental education by establishing environment
 
clubs and committees. They promote environmentally
 
friendly cook stoves, tree planting, micro-gardens, and
 
they help build needed latrines. In [[Lesotho]], Volunteers
 
work with groups to assist youth in and out of school
 
in life skills and sports. Volunteers strengthen community
 
groups and businesses to improve their HIV
 
prevention, mitigation, and outreach programs planning
 
abilities.
 
 
 
Volunteers in every project sector use ICT to help
 
improve the training, capacity, and abilities of the
 
African people in all aspects of life. Volunteers in
 
[[Zambia]] provide primary education through interactive
 
radio instruction for the growing number of children
 
who do not have access to the formal educational
 
system. Volunteers support learning centers, educate
 
district and provincial leaders about the centers, and
 
help monitor the effectiveness of the centers. They also train coaches in girls’ empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and
 
life skills. In [[Mauritania]], Volunteers transfer basic
 
business and computer skills to small-scale entrepreneurs
 
and cooperatives. They work with [[Mauritania]]’s
 
informal economic sector to strengthen its planning,
 
financial management, marketing, and profitability.
 
The project also enhances the availability of ICT.
 
In [[Cape Verde]], Volunteers are posted in camaras
 
(municipalities) and respond to the needs of the community based on needs assessments. Many Volunteers
 
provide business training, develop youth groups, train
 
trainers in computer skills, and work directly with
 
entrepreneurs.
 
 
 
In FY 2006, four posts also collaborated with the
 
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in
 
the areas of food security, tele-food, technical training,
 
fertilizer inputs and HIV/AIDS.
 
 
 
{| border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0"
 
|-
 
| align="center" | '''[[Sector]]''' || '''[[Assignment]]''' || '''[[Beg. Yr]]''' || '''[[End. Yr]]'''
 
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| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[Agriculture]]'''
 
| [[Crop Extension]]
 
| [[1974]]
 
| [[1974]]
 
|-
 
| rowspan="1" align="center"| '''[[UNV]]'''
 
| [[United Nations Volunteer]]
 
| [[1973]]
 
| [[1973]]
 
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|}
 
 
 
==External links==
 
* [http://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=learn.wherepc.africa&region=africa&noflash=y Africa] Official US Peace Corps website on Africa
 
<br>[http://www.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/policies/peacecorps_cbj_2008.pdf Congressional Budget Justification 2008] Peace Corps website (PDF, 47MB)
 
 
 
 
 
==Africa by Country Category==
 
 
 
[[:category:Benin]]
 
[[:category:Botswana]]
 
[[:category:Burkina Faso]]
 
[[:category:Burundi]]
 
[[:category:[[category:Cape Verde]]
 
[[:category:Central African Republic]]
 
[[:category:Chad]]
 
[[:category:Comoros]]
 
[[:category:Cote D'ivoire]]
 
[[:category:Democratic Republic of Congo]]
 
[[:category:Equitorial Guinea]]
 
[[:category:Eritrea]]
 
[[:category:Ethiopia]]
 
[[:category:Gabon]]
 
[[:category:Ghana]]
 
[[:category:Guinea]]
 
[[:category:Guinea-Bissau]]
 
[[:category:Kenya]]
 
[[:category:Lesotho]]
 
[[:category:Liberia]]
 
[[:category:Madagascar]]
 
[[:category:Malawi]]
 
[[:category:Mali]]
 
[[:category:Mauritania]]
 
[[:category:Mauritius]]
 
[[:category:Mozambique]]
 
[[:category:Namibia]]
 
[[:category:Niger]]
 
[[:category:Nigeria]]
 
[[:category:Republic of Congo]]
 
[[:category:Rwanda]]
 
[[:category:Sao Tome and Principe]]
 
[[:category:Senegal]]
 
[[:category:Seychelles]]
 
[[:category:Sierra Leone]]
 
[[:category:Somalia]]
 
[[:category:South Africa]]
 
[[:category:Sudan]]
 
[[:category:Swaziland]]
 
[[:category:Tanzania]]
 
[[:category:The Gambia]]
 
[[:category:Togo]]
 
[[:category:Uganda]]
 
[[:category:Zambia]]
 
[[:category:Zimbabwe]]
 
 
 
[[Category:Africa]]
 

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The overall goal of this project is to strengthen civic and economic conditions by achieving sustainable, progressive, and competitive agricultural development.

The primary objective of the project is to improve the resources, presentation skills and mixed media ability of organization “Beskitek”, the organizational leader and partner of farming cooperative CPKV, Zhetasai. This will be done through 55 hours of IT trainings by the Peace Corps volunteer on Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Adobe Photoshop, combined with resource acquisitions of a laptop computer, LCD projector and projection screen, and a color printer. This will increase the ability to disseminate information of new business and agricultural strategies and methodologies to local civic and agricultural partners, thus improving the capacity building of those organizations.

The secondary objective of the project is creating and publishing the first copy of a bi-monthly agricultural newsletter, along with designing organizational brochures and posters. Working with partners and local farmers has exposed the limited connectivity and sharing of information between partnering farmers, processing plants, and financial and civic institutions.

Community contributions include office space for IT trainings, an auditorium for partners and civic trainings, a computer, filing cabinet, binders, folders, and paper for the newsletters, poster, and brochure, along with an IT technical assistant, agricultural trainers, travel costs, graphic designer, project coordinator, and newspaper editor.

Note: This summary was provided by a Peace Corps Volunteer and the community administering this project.