Launch of a New Diaspora Volunteer Program, DfD

USAID, Accenture LLP, and Cuso International are pleased to announce the launch of the Diasporas for Development (DfD) initiative as a new Global Development Alliance to support and encourage diaspora volunteerism under the auspices of the IdEA Fellows Program.

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. In the DfD initiative, highly-skilled diaspora professionals and others with a demonstrated relevant connection to or experience in the selected country along with the requisite skills will undertake short-to-medium term assignments in support of Cuso International’s local partners.

In the first phase, the five selected countries for volunteer assignments will be Jamaica, El Salvador, Bolivia, Ethiopia and the Philippines. To learn more about this partnership, please contact Rebecca Davidson, Program Development and Partnership Officer, Cuso International, at:

DfD is the first link in IdEA’s plan to establish an online Diaspora Volunteering Marketplace. IdEA will seek to provide a platform for connecting diaspora members with volunteer opportunities in their countries of heritage. Interested diaspora members will be able to use this platform to find projects that not only match their length of service and financial needs but also leverage their unique skill sets. To learn how you can collaborate with IdEA on its volunteerism initiatives, please contact Kathleen Newland at: