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June 18, 2024

The Art of the Hit

WorldView speaks with author and RPCV John Perkins about the latest edition of his bestselling book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by Robert Nolan John Perkins is a New York Times bestselling author, international speaker, and activist. As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. John’s classic, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004) spent 73 weeks on the New York...

June 17, 2024

A Seat at the Table

Peace Corps Deputy Director David White on the power of diversity in service by Munson Steed David E. White Jr. was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in by Director Carol Spahn as the 14th Deputy Director of Peace Corps on December 29, 2023. Previously, White held high-level positions at the Department of State and the White House. White began his career in public service as a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army and served on active duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from 2011 to 2012. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and...

June 17, 2024

From the Board of Directors: What’s in Store?

A preview of NPCA’s 2024–2026 strategic plan by John Lee Evans   The Board of Directors plays a key role in the mission of the National Peace Corps Association. The primary work of the Board is to set goals, policies, and budgets for the association. It actively participates in outreach to donors and potential donors. In addition, each director serves on one or more of six committees: Governance, Finance, Fundraising, Executive, DEI, and Affiliate Groups. Board activities this year have focused primarily on financial stability and strategic direction. The current Board has shown its commitment to NPCA’s financial security with...

June 17, 2024

The Power of Affiliation

NPCA President on Fueling the Fire and Passing the Torch by Dan Baker Bound by our shared commitment to global peace and understanding, I am often reminded of the immense power that lies within our collective hands. The global challenges we face today are numerous and daunting, from the pressing threats of climate change and pandemics to the rise of authoritarianism and the erosion of civil dialogue and compromise. In the face of such formidable obstacles, it is imperative that we, as RPCVs armed with a unique worldview, stand united in our resolve to promote peace, justice, and compassion across...

June 17, 2024

Virtual Empathy

How the technology of “extended reality” can help nonprofits by Sarah Porter I ’m hiking through rural Haiti; birds are soaring overhead and I hear the gentle sound of waves lapping against the shore. I come across a modest three-room school- house. I wander inside among the desks, pick up a piece of chalk, and playfully scribble my name on the board. Back outside I see a well, pump water into a bucket, and carry it back to the school. The Haitian flag is fluttering in the breeze, and I turn a crank to raise it high in the air....

June 17, 2024

Domestic Deployment

RPCV contact tracers played a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. by John Berry A vaccine against the virus was still a work in progress. The response to the pandemic was politicized and disorganized. And for the first time in its history, Peace Corps evacuated all Volunteers serving in the field. They returned through empty airports to a country in lockdown, with an economy in shock and a medical system pushed to the edge. But from all this bad news a possibility emerged. Public health systems across the country were in desperate need of contact tracers...

June 17, 2024

Keep the Pep in PEPFAR

Changes to a critical bipartisan U.S. policy on HIV/AIDS could have devastating consequences worldwide. by Laura K. Beres From my first week living in Motse Mocha, Quthing District, Lesotho, I heard drums and singing late into the night every Friday. Only after meeting my neighbors and making friends did I understand that the music was for funeral preparations. After several months I, too, was invited to stay up late, peeling carrots and chopping onions by paraffin lamplight to make food for grieving family and friends gathering for the next day’s burial. Eventually, I lost count of the number of funerals...

June 6, 2024

RPCV Representatives Make Impression at UN Women’s Conference

Eight NPCA representatives make valuable connections at United Nations Women's Conference to further the conversation on global progress toward gender equality By Greg Emerson Every spring, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) holds its flagship two-week conference to bring global stakeholders together to discuss approaches to improving the lives of women and girls around the world. It’s the second-largest event on the UN calendar, after the General Assembly session in September. This year, National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) representatives were there to engage, and, most critically, build connections for an impactful partnership at next year’s meeting....

June 5, 2024

Peace Corps Achievements – May and June 2024

News and updates from the Peace Corps community — across the country, around the world, and spanning generations of returned Volunteers and staff. Compiled by Peter V. Deekle Sierra Plato (pictured, Costa Rica 2016–18) celebrated her one year work anniversary in March as a program specialist in Chicago with the Peace Corps Office of University Programs. Michael Carson (Kenya 1989–91) was appointed the new president of the International Storytelling Center (ISC) in April. Christophe Andre Tocco (Morocco, 1996–98) has been nominated to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania by President Biden. We also share the stories of Darlene...

May 1, 2024

40 Senators Sign Annual Peace Corps Funding Letter

40 Senators signed the annual Peace Corps funding Dear Colleague letter, urging support for the president's FY 2025 request of $479 million for the Peace Corps.   By Jonathan Pearson Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and fellow committee member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), have sent the annual Peace Corps funding Dear Colleague letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for State/Foreign Operations. The letter urges support for President Biden's request of $479 million for the Peace Corps – an eleven percent funding increase – for the fiscal year that begins next October 1st (FY 2025)....

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