WASHINGTON, DC — USAID, IBM, and CDC Development Solutions have launched a new partnership that will increase the number of employee volunteers at U.S.-based corporations by providing meaningful assistance to local governments, small businesses, and civic groups in emerging markets abroad. Corporations large and small looking to start, grow or refine international volunteerism programs will have access to the resources needed to make their projects more effective. As part of the alliance, CDS will establish a virtual Center of Excellence for International Corporate Volunteerism (CEICV).
The virtual Center will function as a forum where companies can exchange best practices, success stories, and timely issues to improve the quality of their services. It will also enable USAID to use the skills of corporate volunteers to maximize development impact worldwide. For more information on the CEICV, click here or email Amanda MacArthur at [email protected].To read the May 2011 press release on the CEICV, click here.