COUNTRIES: Global
DURATION: 09/30/2013 - 12/31/2023
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
CONTACTVladimir.spencer@worldlearning.org

Program Description

Global events affecting U.S. foreign policy often unfold at a rapid pace, presenting significant challenges to U.S. public diplomacy efforts, but also unique opportunities for creativity.

To address these challenges and capitalize on timely opportunities, the Leaders Lead On-Demand Program supports the U.S. Department of State’s ability to quickly respond to a range of emerging foreign policy priority areas through innovative, thematic two-way exchange programs that are customized and goal-driven. Through these projects, the Leaders Lead On-Demand program strengthens the capacity of individuals and organizations to enact positive change on a local, regional, and global level through professional exchanges that provide opportunities to build skills and cultivate lasting relationships.

The Leaders Lead On-Demand program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.

Countries: Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Program Goals

  • Provide tailored support for emerging foreign policy priority issues where existing public diplomacy resources are not immediately available or accessible;
  • Create lasting partnerships between emerging leaders from foreign countries and the United States in specific and substantive areas of focus;
  • Provide opportunities for foreign and American emerging leaders to collaborate and share ideas, approaches, and strategies regarding challenges to pressing issues; and
  • Enhance professional and leadership skills for both foreign and American participants to effect positive change in their workplaces and communities.

Examples of past leaders Lead On-Demand Projects:

  • Vietnam Legal Aid
  • Refugee Integration and Resettlement in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Sports Leadership Program for Colombia
  • Mongolia Disability Rights Legislation and Implementation
  • Promoting Open Educational Resources: Middle East and North Africa
  • Tourism and Development in Serbia and Kosovo
  • Religious Freedom and Interfaith Dialogue for Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand
  • Emerging Leaders Exchange for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
  • Environmental Advocacy for Mongolia
  • Getting Connected Program for the South Pacific
  • Civic Engagement Program for Moldova
  • Disinformation and Fact Checking in Kenya

The Leaders Lead On-Demand is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by World Learning.