Peace Corps

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As the official international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps (PC) gives Americans the opportunity to become global citizens and serve their country by tackling the most pressing needs of people around the world.

Peace Corps Volunteers live in their communities of service and work at the grassroots level with host country governments, schools, and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in areas like education, health, economic development, agriculture and environment, and youth development.

They bring this experience and their skills, knowledge, and ideas back home with them to the United States, and the ripple effect of their global outlook follows them wherever they go and enriches the lives of those around them.

Peace Corps Data

U.S. government agencies report data quarterly to to comply with the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016 (FATAA). Each agency is required by FATAA to report data for FY2015 as the minimum base year, although some agencies have reported data prior to FY2015. Agency reporting completeness for FY2015 onward is captured below.

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Data Last Updated: 8/9/2019

Requested Funding By Fiscal Year | PC

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Obligated Funding By Fiscal Year | PC

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Transaction Data | PC

Transaction data represents every individual financial record in an agency’s accounting system for program work with implementing partners and administrative expenses. Transaction data is the most granular form of financial data. Each data record - or financial transaction - contains qualitative data fields, including descriptive titles, vendor names, and location, along with the financial data. Thus, transaction data is called Disaggregated data as it disaggregates financial data into its most basic form.

The data shown above in the planned, obligated, and spent tabs represents transaction data aggregated at a higher level of analysis (by country and sector only), thus this data is called Aggregated data.

The table below displays every applicable award within each agency’s accounting system. An award may consist of multiple financial transactions. In these instances, the table displays the award’s aggregated sum of its individual transactions. Data from the table can be downloaded by selecting each individual award. The downloadable report disaggregates award data into individual transactions. If an award has multiple transactions, the downloadable report will generate lines of data for each transaction.

For additional information related to data definitions and classifications, please refer to the Glossary of Terms or the FAQs.

This data set will continue to be updated in accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Bulletin 12-01.

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Frequently Asked Questions | PC

When was Peace Corps established?

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961. Since then, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries around the world.

Who serves as Peace Corps Volunteers?

Peace Corps Volunteers are committed Americans from all walks of life who spend 27 months living and working in developing countries around the world. A demographic snapshot can be found at:

What do Peace Corps Volunteers do?

Peace Corps Volunteers fill a wide variety of positions around the world. The type of work a Volunteer does is ultimately determined by the needs of a host country and the potential of a Volunteer to contribute to those needs and to the Peace Corps' mission. Some examples of sectors where many Volunteers work include education, health, community economic development, environment, agriculture and youth in development.

Where do Peace Corps Volunteers serve?

Peace Corps Volunteers serve in countries around the world. A demographic snapshot, broken down by region, can be found at:

Where can I learn more about becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer?

For more information on becoming a Peace Corps Volunteer, please visit There, you can learn about where Volunteers serve, what kind of work they do, and how to apply. You can also reach a local recruiter directly by calling toll-free 855.855.1961.

Does Peace Corps accept donations?

Donations are accepted through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which applies 100% of your tax-deductible donation toward a specific project, Special Fund or Country Fund. You can select a specific Volunteer or community project to support by visiting

Why are there negative numbers in some of the obligation and disbursement records?

A negative obligation represents a downward adjustment to an obligation made in a prior period. A negative disbursement is usually a refund.

Why does Peace Corps not provide data by sector?

Peace Corps volunteer work is diverse and responsive to host country needs at the community level. For example, health volunteers in one country could work in the following sectors (or in any combination of these sectors): HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, water supply and sanitation and nutrition. Because of the cross sector nature of volunteer activities, the agency has not mapped its financial information below the category level.

What is the source of Peace Corps’ data?

All Peace Corps data presented on is the best approximation of actual obligations and spending for each country, category and core operational area. Country specific and core operational area data is directly exported from the Agency’s financial system. Obligation and spending by category is estimated by mapping volunteer population levels with financial data. Peace Corps uses the previous year’s volunteer data for quarterly reporting and then restates the data using the current year’s volunteer data at year end. Obligations are the aggregate of all transactions for all relevant appropriations and fund years across the following Standard General Ledger accounts: 1) Undelivered Orders - Obligations, Unpaid, 2) Undelivered Orders - Obligations, Prepaid & Advanced, 3) Delivered Orders - Obligations, Unpaid, and 4) Delivered Orders - Obligations, Paid. Spending is the aggregate of all transactions for all relevant appropriations and fund years within the Standard General Ledger account, Delivered Orders - Obligations, Paid.

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