COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTPeace Corps Volunteers who serve in the Community Economic Development (CED) sector strengthen local economies by helping individuals pursue new economic opportunities, and assisting local organizations in successfully implementing community development projects.WHY COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANTPoverty reduction is one of the greatest global challenges, with 767 million people still living on less than $1.90 per day (1). In most countries where CED Volunteers serve, people continue to rate “unemployment, low wages, and high cost of living” as their highest priority concerns—even above health (2).WHAT COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT VOLUNTEERS DOCommunity-based development projectsCED Volunteers help community-based organizations operate more sustainably by:• improving their internal administrative systems and processes• designing, implementing, and monitoring projects that benefit community members• collaborating with peer organizations to increase their collective impact• organizing volunteering and service learning opportunities for community membersFinancial and employment skills developmentCED Volunteers help households achieve economic security and upward economic mobility by:• supporting savings and access to credit• training on personal money management skills• working with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products• teaching basic business skills• mentoring youth to develop vocational and job readiness skillsOUR IMPACTIn Fiscal Year 2018:• CED Volunteers conducted entrepreneurship training for 7,568 individuals, 60% of whom were women and girls• more than 320 CED Volunteers reported building the capacity of over 1,200 community-based organizations to improve their project design and management practices• although only eight percent of Peace Corps Volunteers are CED Volunteers, over 54% of all Peace Corps Volunteers reported carrying out at least one activity that advanced local community economic development outcomesLooking for more information on Peace Corp’s community economic development sector? Check out:https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/what-volunteers-do/#community-economic-developmentWANT TO APPLY?Search through Peace Corps’ current openings and apply to the one in the region that best suits your interest, or apply to where you’re needed most and we’ll select the positions that best matches your skills. View current opportunities at: https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/volunteer-openings/?sectors=2Connect with your local recruiter to learn more about service and the application at https://www.peacecorps.gov/volunteer/connect-with-a-recruiter/.(1) Estimate from 2013. The World Bank. “Poverty Overview.” Last modified: October 2, 2016.(2) World Health Organization. 2010. The World Health Report. Health Systems Financing: the Path to Universal Coverage. Geneva,Switzerland.