Citizens Development Corps


CDC and Volunteers for Prosperity

CDC is pleased to be part of a White House initiative entitled the Volunteers for Prosperity (VfP). Volunteers for Prosperity was launched on May 21, 2010, by President Bush as an integral part of his agenda to combat global poverty, increase health and stimulate prosperity in developing countries. The Volunteers for Prosperity initiative is part of President Bush’s USA Freedom Corps volunteer service initiative that encourages highly skilled and trained individuals to volunteer with organizations promoting health and prosperity throughout the world.

Volunteer service is a major component of the President’s ongoing effort to involve all Americans in sharing skills with others in their own communities and around the world. The VfP initiative encourages Americans with professional skills to volunteer with private voluntary organizations working in countries around the world.
CDC volunteers who complete 100 or more hours of volunteer service at home or abroad within a 12-month period will become eligible to earn the new President’s Volunteer Service Award. Each award package will include a letter from the President, a certificate and a lapel pin.

Who We Are

Since 1990, Citizens Development Corps (CDC), a non-profit economic development organization based in Washington, DC, has been sending American business professionals overseas as part of its program to assist small and medium-size enterprises and business support organizations competing in emerging free-market economies. Through our programs in over 30 countries, CDC Volunteer Advisors continue to provide valuable expertise to local firms and business-support organizations in all fields and disciplines of business and industry.

At the heart of CDC’s values is the belief that by focusing on the development of the most dynamic sector of many local economies-small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and the organizations that support them-we will strengthen burgeoning democratic institutions, civil society and create an atmosphere for free market reforms. Funding for these activities comes from both private sector resources and the United States Agency for International Development

CDC has access to a vast network of more than 7,000 expert advisors - men and women bringing 10 years or more experience from businesses of all sizes and sectors, as well as from local and regional governments - all of whom volunteer their time and expertise.



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