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  1. JICA and Peace Corps Partnership
  2. JICA and Peace Corps Partnership
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JICA and Peace Corps Partnership
Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) and Peace Corps Volunteers now work hand-in-hand on development projects worldwide. On October 25, 2005, the Peace Corps and the Japan International Cooperation Agency signed a Memorandum of Agreement in Tokyo to create an official partnership aimed at providing assistance to developing countries. Both organizations began their volunteer programs in the 1960s and consequently, volunteers from both agencies have unofficially served side-by-side in many countries. New partnerships now exist in 16 countries including Malawi and Fiji. The Japanese and American volunteers serve their host countries through the creation of youth development and educational programs. Volunteers also work together to combat AIDS and to promote small business development. The Honduran Ministry of Health recently recognized both volunteer programs for their efforts in HIV/AIDS awareness.
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