CorpsAfrica in the News
July 10, 2022 | The Nation Online - MALAWI
Tabitha Kasongo: Queens Hub Forum Founder and Agricultural Economist
"At only 23 years old, Tabitha Kasongo has contributed so much to her community. Currently serving as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer, the young Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics graduate is an insightful program coordinator with two years of social-economic development leadership experience ...” Read the full article here.
July 1, 2022 | The New Times - Rwanda's Leading Daily
CorpsAfrica/Rwanda in Partnership with Unity Club, engage youth to lead changes in Taba Village
"... On Thursday, June 30 2022, CorpsAfrica/Rwanda Volunteers and Unity Club jointly handed over hundreds of livestock to support over 155 households in Taba Village, Mukura Sector, Huye District. Taba Village is one of the sites where CorpsAfrica deployed a Volunteer, upon request from Unity Club. ...” Read the full article here.
May 19, 2022 | Peace Corps: Press Release
5 JFK Service Award Recipients Embody Commitment and Connection, by Adrienne Benson
"... Currently, Liz [Fanning] is CorpsAfrica’s executive director. Her instinct for community development is summed up by something someone wrote in her nomination: “One of the core foundations Liz implemented was for Volunteers to listen to people of the community, to understand the needs and then craft projects, along with local residents, to meet those needs.” Read the full article here.
December 13, 2021 | Morocco World News - www.moroccoworldnews.com
OCP Embraces Mastercard Foundation as Major Donor to CorpsAfrica, by Oumaima Latrech
"With the Mastercard Foundation having invested $17 million to expand the presence of CorpsAfrica Organization in Africa for the next three years, OCP Group has pledged to support the organization’s plans to create more positive impact and enhance the leadership skills of African youth. OCP Group has contributed to the incubation of the organization in Morocco, which was founded by Liz Fanning, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco." Read the full article here.
December 10, 2021 | AllAfrica - www.allafrica.com
CorpsAfrica and Mastercard Foundation Partner to Create 30,000 Work Opportunities for Young Africans
"CorpsAfrica and the Mastercard Foundation today announced a three-year partnership aimed at providing opportunities for young Africans to become changemakers in public health, education, and economic development and to support the creation of 30,000 work opportunities for young people across the continent. The $17 million partnership will enable CorpsAfrica to expand its operations to eight countries on the continent (from four) and support close to 500 volunteers to become agents of transformation in their communities." Read the full article here.
December 9, 2021 | Back2BU: Boston University's Alumni Magazine
CorpsAfrica Adapts the Peace Corps Model to Build Resilience in Rural Africa, by Marc Chalufour
"In the early 1990s, Liz Fanning spent two formative years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a small Moroccan village in the High Atlas mountains. She studied the impact of human and animal populations on endangered species—and witnessed the power of the Peace Corps’ model to aid communities and build mutual understanding between cultures. She also kept hearing the same question from young Moroccans: “How can I sign up?”" Read the full article here.
December 3, 2021 | CorpsAfrica Press Release
CorpsAfrica and Mastercard Foundation partner to create 30,000 work opportunities for young Africans
"CorpsAfrica and the Mastercard Foundation today announced a three-year partnership aimed at providing opportunities for young Africans to become changemakers in public health, education, and economic development and to support the creation of 30,000 work opportunities for young people across the continent. ..." Read the press release here.
November 30, 2021 | The New Times: Rwanda's Leading Daily, by Michel Nkurunziza
How Pig Farming is Enabling Rural Communities fFght Poverty
"... Donatha Mukandanga testifies that the [CorpsAfrica] volunteers have changed her perspective on what she called poverty. “I thought I was poor and yet I wasn’t. It was just an issue of poor mindset. After interacting with the [CorpsAfrica] volunteers, I now think outside the box and use my resources to better my life and that of my family,” she said. Read the full article here.
August 15, 2021 | Voice of America with Jackson Mvunganyi
Jackson Mvunganyi interviewed Liz Fanning on the COVID-19 response work the CorpsAfrica Volunteers did in Morocco, Senegal, Malawi and Rwanda. Listen to the interview here (starting at 13:26)
June 8, 2021 | Afrik Breaking News, by Cheikh Seck NDONG
4th CorpsAfrica Cohort: A Commitment to Serve
The closing of service for Cohort 4 of CorpsAfrica/Senegal Volunteers was held this Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Dakar. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth, Mr. Gueye Khoudia who chaired the ceremony enjoyed this moment of sharing of experiences and of the contribution of youth in development of local communities through several entrepreneurial initiatives and resilience. Read the full article and watch the wonderful video in its original French here or the English translation here.
November 30, 2020 | Peace Corps Worldwide, by John Coyne
Talking with Liz Fanning about CorpsAfrica
“... I started CorpsAfrica to build on the enormous success of the Peace Corps. When I was a PCV, I met many educated young Moroccans who would ask me if they could be PCVs in order to help their country, and I had to say no." Read the full interview here.
October 20, 2020 | AARP
Liz Fanning Named a 2021 AARP Purpose Prize Fellow
“... [The CorpsAfrica] model represents an important shift toward African-led development. It’s our hope that this approach will help to break the cycles of rural poverty, youth unemployment and aid dependency across the continent." Read the full profile here.
October 2, 2020 | New York University
Liz Fanning Named an NYU Alumni Changemaker of the Year
“There are so many outsiders going to Africa to help. People from Africa deserve the same chance to be part of those efforts,” says Liz Fanning. That conviction—one that envisions talented African youth as agents rather than beneficiaries of positive change in their own countries—became the catalyst for CorpsAfrica. Read the full profile here.
July 31, 2020 | FXB International and Youth Climate Leaders Symposium
Climate Pods: Global Water Challenges and Local Solutions
This panel discussion, led by CorpsAfrica's Founder, Liz Fanning, featured former CorpsAfrica Volunteers that implemented water projects, including Belle Ange Niyonshuti from G1 Rwanda, Emas Potolani from G1 Malawi and Saâdia Dinia from G4 Morocco. The discussion was live streamed on Facebook, here.
July 14, 2020 | Dakar FM
CorpsAfrica Sénégal sur Dakar FM pour parler d'Environnement dans les communautés
Ndawa Thioune, Volunteer of Cohort 3, shared her community experience in terms of preserving and enhancing the environment through the fish farm on Lake Taouey in Ndombo Sandjiry. CorpsAfrica/Senegal Deputy Director Mareme Ndour speaks about CorpsAfrica. Watch the video (in Wolof) here.
July 12, 2020 | Senegal National TV
CorpsAfrica Sénégal and the Ministry of Social and Solidary Economy featured
CorpsAfrica/Senegal staff facilitated and participated in a visit of the Ministry of Microfinance and Social and Solidary Economic at the Polyvalent Center of Female Entrepreneurship at Baba garage (Diourbel) founded by Mrs. Mary Diop (RPCV-Senegal) where G1 Ndeye Awa and G2 Penda Fall served and have greatly contributed to making this center a hub of socio-economic and professional incubation for all the groups of women in the area. Watch the video (in French) here.
June 11, 2020 | Charity Navigator blog
Adapting in the Face of COVID-19: CorpsAfrica Finds Innovative Ways to Respond to New Demands In A Crisis
Today, we are honored to share a first-hand account of what innovation and adaptation looks like during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis from Liz Fanning, Founder and Executive Director of CorpsAfrica*, a human services and development nonprofit headquartered in New York City, serving communities in four African nations. ... Read the article here.
May 15, 2020 | RTS, Senegal News Station
CorpsAfrica/Sénégal sur la RTS, édition du Mercredi 13 Mai 2020
Press coverage featuring CorpsAfrica/Senegal and the Ministry of Youth's National Civic Service at there presentation ceremony of the COVID-19 prevention kits produced by Volunteers for vulnerable communities in the Dakar region. Watch here.
May 4, 2020 | The New Times, Rwanda's Leading Daily
The Youth on Fighting COVID-19, Empowering Vulnerable Families, by
A group of young volunteers is seeking to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and malnutrition in districts where people living below the poverty line, faced with a high malnutrition rate, reside.. ... Read the article here.
February 22, 2020 | Philanthropist.com
Through CorpsAfrica, Liz Fanning Offers Africans The Opportunity To Serve, by Emma Claire Everett
CorpsAfrica provides Africans the ability to serve as “Peace Corps” volunteers in their own countries and has made innovative and substantial impacts since its founding in 2011. ... Read the article here.
January 22, 2020 | Morocco On The Move
CorpsAfrica – From a Vision to Reality, by Jean AbiNader
Liz Fanning is more than a dreamer; she is a visionary who has made her dream, CorpsAfrica, a reality, overcoming multiple obstacles and demonstrating that Africans can work across tribal and ethnic identities to build their communities. ... Read the article here.
Winter 2019 | WorldView Magazine, National Peace Corps Association
A Corps of Their Own: An RPCV brings public service to Africans in Africa, by Liz Fanning
When young Africans in Morocco, Senegal, Malawi, and Rwanda ask if they can serve like Peace Corps Volunteers, we can now answer, ”Yes.” We started CorpsAfrica in Morocco in 2013... Read the article here.
November 14, 2019 | L'Economiste.com in Morocco
Des jeunes mobilisés pour désenclaver les populations rurales, By Karim Agoube
L’association Corps Africa Maroc vient de mettre sur les rails sa nouvelle promo de bénévoles
Réunions d’écoute communautaires, proposition de projets adaptés… Leur mission sur le terrain! L’OCP et l’USAID comme bailleurs de fonds. Read more here.
September 11, 2019 | WUSA Channel 9, Great Day Washington
CorpsAfrica Founder talks about CorpsAfrica on Live TV
When Liz Fanning volunteered for the Peace Corps, she was motivated to create a second Peace Corps specifically for Africans. Now as the founder and executive director of CorpsAfrica, she talks about its establishment, built on the Peace Corps model to give young Africans the opportunity to be part of the solution for Africa. Watch the video here.
June 19, 2019 | Business Ghana
CorpsAfrica and NBA to Inaugurate New Basketball Court at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi
CorpsAfrica proudly announces that in collaboration with the NBA and OCP Group, it will inaugurate a CorpsAfrica Volunteer-facilitated basketball court at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp on Friday, June 28th. The court will serve as a space for ongoing sports programs promoting dignity, social inclusion, and overall well-being for youth in this protracted refugee situation. Read more here.
May 7, 2019 | Voice Of America
CorpsAfrica's Founder and Volunteer are Interviewed on Up Front with Jackson Mvunganyi
On this fresh, fast-paced show, co-hosts Jackson Mvunganyi, in the U.S., and Nadia Samie, in Africa, talk to teens and young adults about Politics,trends, lifestyles, health, entertainment, and ... Listen to the interview with Liz Fanning and Limbani Kamanga here.
April 2, 2019 | The Chronicle of Philanthropy
CorpsAfrica Takes On Small Projects With Big Impact, by Ariella Phillips
"As a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the mid-1990s, Liz Fanning was repeatedly asked by locals how they could serve their country. "That question changed my life, but I didn’t know it at the time," Fanning says." Read more.
March 19, 2019 | Voice Of America
CorpsAfrica's Founder Interviewed on Health Chat with Linord Moudou
Health Chat is a live call-in program that addresses health issues of interest to Africa. The show includes a weekly feature spot, health news and comments from listeners on health issues. The program is hosted by veteran health reporter Linord Moudou. Listen to the interview with Liz Fanning here.
February 4, 2017 | Le Soleil Online
Volontariat : « CorpsAfrica Sénégal » au chevet des communautés de base
L’engagement citoyen de jeunes Sénégalais volontaires de « CorpsAfrica Sénégal » affectés dans des communautés déshéritées de quatre régions cibles du pays (Casamance naturelle, Fatick, Diourbel et Thiès) pendant un an... read more
October 19, 2016 | St. Martin's Episcopal School
Innovation + Design Director Garrett Mason Writes Final Travel Journal
Garrett Mason, director of St. Martin’s Innovation + Design Program, traveled to Morocco to participate in the CorpsAfrica All-Country Conference. There he lead design thinking training sessions for CorpsAfrica volunteers. His sessions focused on the same collaborative problem-solving strategies that students at St. Martin’s learn in their classes each day... read more
October 11, 2016 | Morocco World News
CorpsAfrica Volunteers Share Their Experiences in Casablanca
CorpsAfrica hosted a special reception on Saturday, October 8, 2016, featuring young, African Volunteers from across the continent. CorpsAfrica Volunteers, staff and alumni from three African countries – Morocco, Senegal and Malawi – joined together to share their experiences ... read more
September 21, 2016 | CASACTU.com, Le Journal Citoyen
EDUCATION: Africa corps pour le maintien des enfants à l’école
Les volontaires d’Africa Corps, une association de jeunes sénégalais regroupés pour apporter des réponses concrètes aux besoins de base de la population, veut aider les enfants de Baba-Garage à se maintenir à l’école. ... read more
August 26, 2016 | Burabenews
Diembéring : Les volontaires de CorpsAfrica s’engagent dans le développement communautaire : près d’une vingtaine de femmes rurales formées à la transformation des fruits et légumes
Elles étaient presqu’une vingtaine de femmes des villages de Diembéring et de Cabrousse à bénéficier d’une formation de 10 jours en techniques et normes appropriés à la transformation et à la conservation des fruits et légumes. Une initiative qui porte... read more
April 15, 2016 | Morocco World News
CorpsAfrica: a new opportunity for moroccans to serve their own country
Marrakech – CorpsAfrica is a Moroccan-American nonprofit organization that addresses the critical need for professional and personal growth opportunities for young people across Africa by mobilizing them to combat poverty and empower the less fortunate through the facilitation of community... read more
March 3, 2016 | LesEco
Des Volontaires Marocains En Mission Au Sénégal
Ils sont 12 volontaires sénégalais et marocains en mission dans quatre régions du Sénégal, Diourbel, Fatick, Thiès et Ziguinchor, pour aider les populations à identifier leurs besoins dans différents domaines comme la santé, l’éducation, le développement des petites entreprises... read more
March 3, 2016 | Xibaaru
Comme le JICA et le corps de la Paix américain, l’Afrique crée son corps de volontaires
Après la JICA et le Corps de la paix Américain, l’Afrique vient d’avoir sa propre structure de volontariat made in Africa. Fondée en 2011, Corps Africa est une organisation à but non lucratif qui offre aux leaders
émergents Africains ... read more
March 2, 2016 | Leral
Les premiers volontaires africains installés au Sénégal
Après les volontaires de la Jica, du Corps de la paix américain, l’Afrique vient d’en avoir. Et c’est hier que la cérémonie de prestation de serment a été organisée à Dakar... read more
March 2, 2016 | DTV
CorpsAfrica : 12 Volontaires Au Service de la Communauté
DTV channel in Senegal reports on the CorpsAfrica/Senegal Volunteers swearing an oath of service during a ceremony in Dakar before leaving for their year-long service in local communities in Senegal. Watch the video here in French and in Wolof
January 15, 2016 | 2M TV Eco News
MEPI Report 2M Eco News
CorpsAfrica/Maroc project manager, Nadia Diouri, is interviewed by Moroccan national television channel, 2M, during a segment discussing MEPI's partnerships with local NGO's performing development work in Morocco. Watch the video here
December 16, 2015 | Commonwealth National Podcast
CorpsAfrica: Peace Corps for Africans
CorpsAfrica founder, Liz Fanning, and former Volunteer, Hiba Tazi, present the model to members of the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Young Africans are living in faraway regions... read more
November 5, 2015 | Tinizri
Palmarès de la 9ème édition du festival Issni N'Ourgh du film Amazigh
L’association Issni N'ourgh (Couronne d'or en Amazigh), a offert au public adorant le film Amazigh pendant 3 jours, une palette d’eouvres "collectant différentes productions cinématographiques Amazighes"... read more
August 6, 2015 | Youth Net and Counselling
CorpsAfrica's ED Visits YONECO Head Office and Drop in Centres
The founding Executive Director of CorpsAfrica, Liz Fanning, visited YONECO’s Head Office and she also toured the organisation’s two Youth Drop in Centers... read more
June 16, 2015 | The Huffington Post
CorpsAfrica in Morocco and Beyond
by Maïa Venturini
When I first met CorpsAfrica founder Liz Fanning in Casablanca last fall, CorpsAfrica struck me as an effective model to invest in Moroccan youth capacity-building through development volunteer service. Now, the NGO is expanding to... read more
May 29, 2015 | Morocco On The Move
CorpsAfrica Grows from Morocco to Senegal and Malawi:
OCP Foundation Grant Makes First Phase of Africa-Wide Program a Reality
by Jean R. AbiNader
In an interesting parallel to Morocco’s growing presence in Africa promoted by King Mohammed VI, CorpsAfrica is growing as well, expanding into... read more
May 12, 2015 | Medias24.com
La Fondation OCP et Corps Africa travailleront ensemble au Sénégal et au Malawi
by Jamal Amiar
Des contacts initiés en 2013 ont abouti cette année à la mise en place d'actions de développement conjointes de la Fondation OCP et de l'ONG américaine Corps Africa en Afrique subsaharienne. Le coup d'evoi a été donné à l'occasion de la... read more
December 21, 2014 | Medi1 TV
CorpsAfrica/Maroc Board President, Mr. Omar Laafoura, Interviewed on Generation News about Volunteerism in Morocco
by Oussama Benjelloun
Watch the video here: http://www.medi1tv.com/ar/emission2.aspx?type=35
December 18, 2014 | Morocco On The Move
CorpsAfrica: A Grassroots and Transnational Model for Development
by Jean AbiNader
As the debate continues about how to make development programs more impactful and inclusive, a new narrative on community development is being written in Morocco, borrowing from US Peace Corps and... read more
July 31, 2014 | Morocco On The Move
Throne Day in Morocco, CorpsAfrica blogpost
by Liz Fanning
This Throne Day, I’ve been thinking an awful lot about CorpsAfrica’s place in Moroccan society, specifically as it relates to His Majesty’s statements on youth and civil society. He speaks eloquently about how Morocco’s future relies on... read more
June 21, 2014 | National Peace Corps Association’s Annual Conference
Great Ideas Speaker Liz Fanning
YouTube video produced by Frank Yates
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_LbCIXVeHs
March 30, 2014 | Morocco World News
CorpsAfrica: An Opportunity for Moroccans to Heighten the Notion of Volunteering
by Mona Badri
Being a former Peace Corps volunteer in the High Atlas, Liz Fanning feels the Moroccan drums beat so hard in her heart, bringing her back to a land that earned her love and respect. In 2013, she launched the first pilot year... read more
October 4, 2013 | Morocco On The Move
Volunteers for CorpsAfrica start in Morocco, planned for Ethiopia, Senegal
by Nadia Elboubkri
Africans coming together to help other Africans—that’s the mission of CorpsAfrica, an organization modeled after the Peace Corps that gives young adults across Africa the opportunity to volunteer in their own communities. Essentially, “CorpsAfrica is committed to... read more
September 6, 2013 | Morocco World News
CorpsAfrica: A Great American Initiative for Reinventing Homespun Development in Africa by Dr. Mohamed Chtatou
Liz, CorpsAfrica’s founding executive director, has more than 20 years of leadership, fundraising and marketing experience at non-profit organizations that focus on public education, community empowerment, environmental preservation, and international development. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco 1993-95) in the High Atlas Mountains... read more
May 31, 2013 | La Vie éco
L’ONG américaine CorpsAfrica lance son premier projet pilot au Maroc
by Anne-Sophie Martin
Fondée sur les célèbres programmes des Peace Corps et AmeriCorps américains, CorpsAfrica est une organisation à but non lucratif qui amitionne d'atteindre les mêmes objectifs de ces deux modèles à une différence de taille près. Si ses deux... read more
May, 2013 | American International Women’s Association RABAT Newsletter
CorpsAfrica Launches in Morocco
CorpsAfrica was pleased to have many AIWA members in attendance at their kick-off reception in Souissi on May 2nd – where they distributed applications hot off the presses for the inaugural group of ten Fellows, who will start training in September... read more
May 2, 2013 | CorpsAfrica
CorpsAfrica/Maroc ouvre un bureau au Maroc avec un hommage à l’Ambassadeur Richard Holbrooke à la « Réception des membres » jeudi, le 2 mai 2013
Le 3 mai 2013 CASABLANCA – CorpsAfrica a célébré le commencement de son premier bureau au Maroc à une réception passionnante et une cérémonie de signature assistées par plus d’une centaine des amis, supporteurs, et des partenaires hier à Souissi, Rabat. CorpsAfrica/Maroc a distribué des demandes qui viennent de sortir... read more
October 15, 2012 | En theos Radio – “Everyday Service”
Liz Fanning, CorpsAfrica’s Founder, interviewed
by Bonnie Nelson and Travis Hellstrom
In this interview I had the opportunity to chat with Liz Fanning, founder of CorpsAfrica. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco in the early 1990’s, Liz went on to be involved in numerous service organizations, nationally and internationally. Modeled after the successful Peace Corps program, CorpsAfrica will... read more
August 27, 2012 | CorpsAfrica
CorpsAfrica Opens Morocco Office
August 27, 2012 NEW YORK – CorpsAfrica announces its first office in Morocco with the appointment of Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki as its Country Director. The position is funded through a special tribute to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, to recognize the significant and meaningful contributions he made as... read more
June 12, 2012 | Peace Corps Worldwide
CorpsAfrica Event in NYC in Memory of Ambassador Holbrooke
by John Coyne
Liz Fanning (Morocco 1993-94) served as a PCV in the High Atlas Mountains, where she lived in a small Berber village and worked on environmental sustainability projects. Since she has come home, Liz has worked in a wide range of non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Schoolhouse Supplies... read more
January 27, 2012 | Morocco World News
‘Holbrooke Fund’ Launched in Washington to Finance ‘CorpsAfrica’ First Program in Morocco
A special tribute was paid, on Thursday in Washington, to late Richard Holbrooke, former US top official who served as director of the Peace Corps program in Morocco on the occasion of the launch of the Holbrooke Fund for financing the inaugural program of “Corps-Africa” in the kingdom... read more
January 4, 2012 | crowdspring.com
Small Business Spotlight of the Week: CorpsAfrica
CorpsAfrica is a small non-profit that aims to allow African communities take control and begin to work on solutions to poverty. Instead of sending volunteers from countries that have little understanding of the real issues, CorpsAfrica is about empowering locals with the resources to come up with practical answers... read more
November 10, 2011 | US State Department
Ideas for Africa: An African Volunteer Corps
Washington — Fifty years after the founding of the Peace Corps, a former volunteer is looking to duplicate its success, with a new twist, throughout Africa.The essential difference with former Peace Corps volunteer Liz Fanning’s nascent organization, which she calls CorpsAfrica, is that its volunteers will come from... read more
Summer 2011 | WorldView Magazine
CorpsAfrica – Seeking Insight and Advice From Senator Wofford by Liz Fanning
We had the pleasure recently of sitting down with Senator Harris Wofford, one of the founders of the Peace Corps, its Special Representative to Africa, and Country Director in Ethiopia during the 1960s... read more
March 15, 2011 | National Peace Corps Association News
CorpsAfrica Kicks Off on Peace Corps’ 50th in the Big Apple by Abad Allawi
Being an NPCA Intern has its perks and one of the perks was receiving the blessing of my boss, Director of Communications Erica Burman, to attend a two week meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations in New York City... read more