The launch of Africa Rural Connect (ARC), the new project of the National Peace Corps Association is fast approaching. Once established,the ideas, suggestions, and data derived from the network will be used to inform development program efforts that directly reach the poorest populations in Africa. ARC is contacting and establishing ongoingcommunication with at least 100,000 of those in the U.S. who have lived,worked and remained in direct contact with the rural poor of Sub-Saharan Africa. Within this broad group are former foreign-aid officials, returned Peace Corps volunteers, members of the Africa Diaspora, NGO workers and others: rural Africa’s most natural community of support.
An important part of this venture is the coordination of a contest for the best business plans to improve agricultural practices in Sub Saharan Africa. To facilitate this contest, Africa Rural Connect is looking
for moderators to interact with website users for a 1 to 3 month commitment. Moderators will be asked to frame discussions, identify ideas with strong potential to become business plans, and interact with people on the site in a friendly, informed manner. They should have a strong background in agricultural development, and preference given to those with experience in Africa and with women’s issues. Moderators
will receive a stipend of $1,000 per month. This is a great opportunity for students and academics to interact, and as such provides a wonderfulnetworking opportunity. Moderators will be seen as thought leaders as they will be guiding the discussions, gaining them recognition. This is a unique chance to become more active in the development community!
*The network will launch in June, so we will need moderators from June through September. If you are interested, please send a letter of intent,resume and your available dates for this summer to:
Molly Mattessich at firstname.lastname@example.org
mailto:email@example.com by May 25, 2009.