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From American relief to international development cooperation (1961–68)
in The NGO CARE and food aid From America, 1945–80
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Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe (CARE), as a comparatively large agency, had more difficulty coping with major changes in the surrounding institutional environment. In May 1961 CARE sealed a major deal with the newly established Peace Corps, helping it become operational abroad. This special kind of public-private partnership was a milestone in CARE-US government relations and underscored the degree to which CARE had become a recognized and esteemed player in humanitarian affairs. In 1962 the agency merged with Medico, Inc., another private voluntary organization in the overseas healthcare sector. CARE's new division operated two main programs. One focused on young medical professionals who agreed to serve for two years in clinics in developing countries. The primary focus of the second program was on volunteers who signed up for short-term stays in clinics or projects abroad in order to operate or provide otherwise unavailable expertise.

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