His stewardship of Africare for many years build the organization to unparalleled status in the African development community. It all began for C. Payne in the Peace Corps as CD for Togo.
Payne had come to the Peace Corps after being a research intern with the Democratic National Committee. He saw the Peace Corps, he said at the time, “as an instrument of foreign aid in areas where AID had been unsuccessful.” In May, 1962, he joined the African Regional Office as operations officer for Ghana and Sierra Leone. “It was lucky that I started concentrating on French,” he said at the time because six month latter he was in Togo.
He would return to HQ after his tour in Togo and become African Regional Manager before leaving the agency to start Africare.