Peace Corps


Project Overview

  • Established by President John F. Kennedy
  • Volunteer programme run by United States government
  • The first Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV) in Africa arrives on 1 March 1961 in Ghana and Tanzania
  • Over 230,000 have served worldwide, in over 141 countries
  • Currently there are 7,376 Volunteers serving in 65 countries
  • 134 in Namibia

Peace Corps approach to Development is:

–People focused



–Focuses on capacity building and



Peace Corps Services

  • Create links among schools, parents, and communities
  • Work in elementary, secondary, or post secondary schools, teaching subjects such as Mathematics, Science or  English
  • Serve as resource teachers or teacher trainers
  • Develop libraries and technology resource centres

Health: Build healthy global communities

  • Promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation.
  • Work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs to:
  1. train youth as peer educators
  2. provide support to children orphaned by the disease
  3. create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Youth in Development: Empower the next generation of leaders

  • work with youth – promote engagement and active citizenship,
  • gender awareness
  • employability
  • environmental awareness
  • sports and fitness programs
  • information technology.
Community Economic Development

Community Economic Development: Help communities lift themselves

  • work with development banks, NGO’s, and municipalities to encourage economic opportunities in communities.
  • work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products
  • teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies that connect them to the global marketplace.


The pillars of the NDP5 which applies to this project under the Social Progression pillars – Harnessing the Demographic Dividends

Social Development

  • Youth Empowerement
  • Intergrate marginalized communities into mainstream

Human Capital Development

  • Social Progression
  • Basic Education
  • Technical/Vocational Education and Training

Environment and Climate Change

  • Strengthen Environmental protection
  • Promote environmentally sound investments and production systems.


Economic Progression:

Achieve, sustainable and equitable growth

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Enterprise Development