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Peace Corps

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As the official international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps (PC) gives Americans the opportunity to become global citizens and serve their country by tackling the most pressing needs of people around the world. The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Peace Corps Volunteers live in their communities of service and work at the grassroots level with host country governments, schools, and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in areas like education, health, economic development, agriculture and environment, and youth development. They bring this experience and their skills, knowledge, and ideas back home with them to the United States, and the ripple effect of their global outlook follows them wherever they go and enriches the lives of those around them.

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Peace Corps Data

U.S. government agencies report data quarterly to ForeignAssistance.gov to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA). Each agency is required by FATAA to report data for FY2015 as the minimum base year, although some agencies have reported data prior to FY2015. Agency reporting completeness for FY2015 onward is captured below.

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Data Last Updated: 11/20/2020

Requested Funding By Fiscal Year | PC

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Appropriated Funding By Fiscal Year | PC

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Obligated Funding By Fiscal Year | PC

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Spent Funding By Fiscal Year | PC

The below figures show the amount of funding that was requested, appropriated, obligated, and spent for activities within a given year. These figures are interactive—choose your funding type and year of interest to learn more about which agencies programmed funds for which purposes. And after you've made your selection, scroll down and click the download button to view the resulting dataset.

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Award Table | PC

U.S. agencies issue awards to implementing partners for the purpose of delivering foreign assistance abroad. These awards are the basis of the data available on this page. An award consists of individual financial transactions that agencies report to ForeignAssistance.gov each quarter. Award data includes quantitative information, like the aggregate amount of funding agencies have obligated or spent for particular activities, as well as qualitative information, like activity titles, descriptions, locations, and implementers.

The below table displays the foreign assistance awards agencies made, as reported by their accounting systems. Please note that this data represents aggregations of transaction-level information as reported by agencies, based on available fields at the time of reporting. Actual award totals may be higher if agencies have not yet reported transactions for certain years of a given award.

Click on the arrow next to an individual award to see additional details like links to strategies, evaluations, and budgets; select multiple awards and then tap the download button to unlock a customized dataset with detailed information on each transaction.

ForeignAssistance.gov publishes new data every two to three weeks. To see what we’re publishing, visit our What’s New page. For a primer on the kinds of data we offer, read our Understanding the Data page. And for everything else, consult our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Frequently Asked Questions | PC

When was Peace Corps established?

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961. Since then, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries around the world.

Who serves as Peace Corps Volunteers?

Peace Corps Volunteers are committed Americans from all walks of life who spend 27 months living and working in developing countries around the world. A demographic snapshot can be found at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/about/fastfacts/.

What do Peace Corps Volunteers do?

Peace Corps Volunteers fill a wide variety of positions around the world. The type of work a Volunteer does is ultimately determined by the needs of a host country and the potential of a Volunteer to contribute to those needs and to the Peace Corps' mission. Some examples of sectors where many Volunteers work include education, health, community economic development, environment, agriculture and youth in development.

Where do Peace Corps Volunteers serve?

Peace Corps Volunteers serve in countries around the world. A demographic snapshot, broken down by region, can be found at: http://www.peacecorps.gov/about/fastfacts/.

Where can I learn more about becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer?

For more information on becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer, please visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/. There, you can learn about where Volunteers serve, what kind of work they do, and how to apply. You can also reach a local recruiter directly by calling toll-free 855.855.1961.

Does Peace Corps accept donations?

Donations are accepted through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which applies 100% of your tax-deductible donation toward a specific project, Special Fund or Country Fund. You can select a specific Volunteer or community project to support by visiting http://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.

Why are there negative numbers in some of the obligation and disbursement records?

A negative obligation represents a downward adjustment to an obligation made in a prior period. A negative disbursement is usually a refund.

Why does Peace Corps not provide data by sector?

Peace Corps volunteer work is diverse and responsive to host country needs at the community level. For example, health volunteers in one country could work in the following sectors (or in any combination of these sectors): HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, water supply and sanitation and nutrition. Because of the cross sector nature of volunteer activities, the agency has not mapped its financial information below the category level.

What is the source of Peace Corps’ data?

All Peace Corps data presented on ForeignAssistance.gov is the best approximation of actual obligations and spending for each country, category and core operational area. Country specific and core operational area data is directly exported from the Agency’s financial system. Obligation and spending by category is estimated by mapping volunteer population levels with financial data. Peace Corps uses the previous year’s volunteer data for quarterly reporting and then restates the data using the current year’s volunteer data at year end. Obligations are the aggregate of all transactions for all relevant appropriations and fund years across the following Standard General Ledger accounts: 1) Undelivered Orders - Obligations, Unpaid, 2) Undelivered Orders - Obligations, Prepaid & Advanced, 3) Delivered Orders - Obligations, Unpaid, and 4) Delivered Orders - Obligations, Paid. Spending is the aggregate of all transactions for all relevant appropriations and fund years within the Standard General Ledger account, Delivered Orders - Obligations, Paid.

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