Diaspora for Development Initiative in Kenya, The Philippines, Peru, Ethiopia and Jamaica

Diaspora for Development Initiative aims for highly-skilled diaspora professionals and others with a connection to or experience in the selected country to undertake short-to-medium term assignments in support of local partners.

Global Development Alliance to Support and Encourage Diaspora Volunteerism

A public-private partnership supported by USAID and Accenture, and implemented by Cuso International, the 'Diasporas for Development Initiative' (DfD) is a Global Development Alliance to support and encourage diaspora volunteerism. This project is being implemented under the auspices of the International diaspora Engagement Alliance's (IdEA) Fellows Program. It is designed to address the challenge of human resource gaps in developing countries, often due to 'brain drain,' by engaging US-based diaspora volunteers to share their skills with Cuso's local program partners. Through the IdEA Fellows Program, IdEA will provide participants pre-departure and post-trip orientation, financial support to offset the cost of their volunteering, and the opportunity to become part of an IdEA Fellows Alumni Network. 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. The initiative's two pronged approach aims at developing partnerships with Diaspora Partner Organizations (DPO's) in the U.S. and recruiting US-based professionals from the diaspora to share their skills in support of projects that build employability and entrepreneurship skills in their countries of ancestry with a focus on Secure Livelihoods.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Accenture

    Development Consulting
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Accenture Plc is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business...

  • International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA)

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    IdEA is a non-partisan, non-profit organization managed via a public-private partnership between the the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the...

  • Cuso International

    Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    Cuso International is a non-profit development organization that works through volunteers. Each year, Cuso International sends hundreds of global citizens to work on collaborative development...

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Key Information

LocationWorldwide, Jamaica, Kenya, Peru, Philippines, Ethiopia
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2014
  • Sectors