Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) brings together its 29 Member NGOs and their networks of more than 100,000 highly skilled volunteers to partner with USAID to efficiently and effectively generate sustainable economic growth in the developing world. Over the past dozen years as an independent, non-partisan non-profit consortium, VEGA has made a lasting impact building peer-to-peer partnerships with people around the globe seeking self-reliance and opportunities to create more prosperity. On 58 programs in 46 countries representing $354 million in U.S. foreign assistance, VEGA has saved more than $31 million taxpayer dollars and more than doubled the program value through cost share and leverage, including more than 39,000 days of volunteer service.
Areas of Expertise
Our economic growth programs can involve a range of outputs. While our Members bring a full range of skills and experience to our programs, we focus on these major areas for stimulating economic growth.
- Agriculture & Food Security
- Enterprise Development
- Environment & Energy
- Financial Services
- Tourism Development
- Trade & Investment
Nearly all of our programming contributes to USAID’s global initiatives.
- Inclusive Market Systems
- Innovation & Technology
- Local Capacity Development
- Post-Conflict Countries
- Public-Private Alliances
- Value Chains
- Youth & Employment
VEGA’s 58 programs are located in 46 countries. Sometimes, Members implement programs on their own, and other times in partnership with other Members. Our overall focus for all programs remains the same: to build sustainable enterprises that contribute to prosperous economies.
We put programs into the field quickly and efficiently, monitor progress, share outcomes, and, when appropriate, incorporate highly-skilled volunteers.
A VEGA panel presents its perspectives to share new ideas and lessons learned.
VEGA representative (far left) visits a VEGA program in Sri Lanka.