The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency and Accountability, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women and Gender Issues.
CSP is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, and implemented by IREX.
The goal of CSP is for global community leaders to improve their capacity for local community development and serve as ambassadors for increased mutual understanding. CSP leaders:
• Build and strengthen sustainable professional networks with international colleagues and institutions
• Increase their understanding of strategies to address challenges in their community
• Strengthen their management, leadership, and problem-solving skills
While solutions to many problems worldwide can be found on the global stage, the unique challenges faced by diverse communities can only truly be addressed from the inside. Successfully tackling the economic, social, environmental, and political challenges communities face requires community leaders who have the skills, knowledge, networks and attitudes to motivate and inspire others to action. With this in mind, Community Solutions was developed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and IREX in 2010 to strengthen leadership that already exists in communities in need. Over the last two years, the CSP team has brought more than 120 leaders to the U.S. for intensive training and has partnered with nearly 100 U.S.-based organizations to position leaders for successful development in their home countries.
Four-month practical U.S. fellowship: CSP leaders are matched with non-profit organizations and government offices across the United States where they work with peer community leaders on initiatives related to Transparency and Accountability, Tolerance and Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women and Gender Issues.
Community Leadership Institute (CLI): CSP leaders spend up to 500 hours developing leadership and organizational management skills through online and in-person trainings.
Community Action Projects: CSP leaders develop and implement innovative projects in their home communities in collaboration with their new U.S. partners.