50 years of FK exchanges: 1963-2013

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.

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.

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Joel M. Wako on the left and Emily Bukenya on the right as former participants of FK

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.

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