Kampala – I am proud to have been part of the Fredskorpset (FK) exchange programme (2008-2009). I served as Socio-Environmental journalist to Kenya with Vihiga Community Development Organisation (VCDO) based in Sabatia, Western Kenya through Rural Development Media Communication (RUDMEC).
FK or call it the Peace Corps, has for over 50 years contributed to development by bringing people together to learn, share and understand. Since 1963, more than 7,500 volunteers traveled to another country in exchange.
Doctors, engineers, musicians, designers, journalists and many other professions have worked together across borders and cultures. Through knowledge, professionalism and commitment have Peace Corps founders helped to broaden perspectives and changing attitudes.
On 29th November, 2013, the Norwegian Embassy in Uganda together with FK-Uganda programme office, Uganda Media Women’s Association, Mama FM, former and current participants and partner organisations, celebrated 50 years of cooperation with Uganda through the FK exchange programme.
The book about the Peace Corps
Pax publishing houses in 2013 released the 50 years long history of the Peace Corps
“Peace Corps has played an important role in Norwegian development history. Which form of development cooperation, the Norwegian Peace Corps stood for – and practiced, and what are the Peace Corps for today?”
Stories from the Peace Corps founders
During 2013, new and old Peace Corps founders shared their stories on the anniversary page.Here are images and thoughts from the 60’s to today.
Peace Corps in the street scene
Throughout the anniversary year, the Peace Corps has been visible on the streets in five cities in Norway. Texts and pictures of and with volunteers has been presented through an outdoor exhibition in Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromsø.
Unique method of development cooperation
Through 50 years of history, the Peace Corps learned a lot and developed his unique method of cooperation between Norway and countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Civil society stands in the center, and through businesses and organizations helping volunteers with knowledge and understanding, creating development for all involved.
FK history in brief
1960: Pioneering Time
Parliament creates the Peace Corps 4 April 1963.Unge Norwegian professionals will work side by side with local people in developing countries to contribute to development. The first 17 Peace Corps founders arriving Uganda 15 December 1963. Peace Corps expands to Kenya and Iran.
1970s: From criticism to expand
the Peace Corps is criticized for working on the power elite terms. Sentiment, and the Peace Corps extends to several countries in Africa. Tanzania, Botswana and Zambia are now.
1980s: Expert or solidarity work?
Peace Corps in Mozambique, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In 1985 travels Peace Corps worker 1000th out. Discussions about Peace Corps The role of unionization and wage battle.
1990s: New directions and phasing
NRK’s documentary “Peace Corps – Adventures on government payroll” creates debate and the original idea and idealism sought. FK future studied and in 1999 phased out the organization in its former shape.
2000s: Mutual exchange
FK resurface 3 March 2000. The exchange is now mutual and Peace Corps founders exchanged through organizations and companies. In June of 2001, the first Peace Corps founders of Tanzania and Bangladesh to Norway. A few years later, there is also the advantage of exchanges between countries in the South, starting besides South-South cooperation.
2010’s: Young Leadership
Peace Corps currently has 100 projects in 45 countries. A third is South-South projects. Young leadership is raised as an important priority. Every year, approximately 650 volunteers on the exchange.