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Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program

Through the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP), U.S. graduate students and recent graduates with non-profit, business, private sector, public policy, and international relations related backgrounds provide technical assistance and support to local organizations by addressing needs in economic growth, education, health, youth & development, humanitarian assistance and other technical areas. Through 12 month work […]
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Through the Emerging Markets Development Advisers Program (EMDAP), U.S. graduate students and recent graduates with non-profit, business, private sector, public policy, and international relations related backgrounds provide technical assistance and support to local organizations by addressing needs in economic growth, education, health, youth & development, humanitarian assistance and other technical areas. Through 12 month work assignments, Advisers support USAID’s strategy of building local capacity through innovative and sustainable assistance by transferring knowledge to local organizations and individuals EMDAP has placed 254 Advisers in 50 countries since 1992. Advisers have been recruited from 91 top graduate schools based on their expertise, communication skills, adaptability, leadership qualities, and analytic and problem‐solving capabilities.


Stories from the Field:

In 2015, Mexico announced its 2030 carbon emissions targets making an international commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. With EMDAP Adviser Sean Donovan, the U.S. and Mexico are working to meet these goals and increase cooperation on the global threat of climate change. Read more


VEGA’s past and present EMDAP programs: