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Contribution of volunteers to national development charles

  1. 1. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas National Volunteering and its contribution to development Charles Maloba, Ben Ngutu and Eve Lwembe
  2. 2. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas • What do we mean by National? • We are using National as distinct from International so include any volunteering that takes place within country by nationals whether at a national or local community level. • History has proven that in most of our communities, the root of many developmental initiatives that have been successful is the spirit of volunteerism. From the ‘harambee’ movement, to women’s groups and self-help groups, volunteerism has been the basis
  3. 3. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Why is it time to encourage voluntary activity in a more formalised /structured way? • In East Africa, a wealth of expertise & human resource remains under used because the structures enabling people to contribute to national development to their full capacity are not in place • For instance, we have a number of young educated, skilled people sitting at home idle because “there are no jobs” yet they could still give their time & service and gain experience in the process!! • In addition, there are many skilled retirees & retrenchees who are wasting their golden years yet they still have a role to play…
  4. 4. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Volunteering… • Volunteerism can mobilise citizens in pursuit of specific development goals. It often leads the way in identifying & responding to public needs, e.g as happened with the HIV&AIDS pandemic • Volunteerism can also play key role in promoting good governance as it enables people to engage in their community, encouraging participation at all levels. • Instead of seeing people as part of the problem VOLUNTEERING sees them as a part of the answer!
  5. 5. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Why is Jitolee supporting national volunteering? VSO is committed to work together with local organisations for the development of their own communities through volunteering because : • The mobilisation and strengthening of local capacity enables people to actively contribute to fighting global poverty and disadvantage • This will strengthen the ability of people to participate in their communities and influence decisions that affect their lives
  6. 6. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Volunteering A clarification of what we include as volunteering, namely, community & national, full and part-time activity that is structured and/or formalised and : • is undertaken for the benefit of the wider community beyond the volunteer's immediate family or friends. • is undertaken by choice and free will • the volunteer’s motivation will not be for financial gain only • and that rather than any specific model of volunteering Jitolee will focus support where sustained commitment is demonstrated.
  7. 7. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas 4 main focuses in NV support work: 1. Set up or improve the effectiveness of volunteer programmes that place volunteers with other organizations. 2. Help organizations develop systems to more effectively manage and maximize the potential of volunteering to contribute to the objectives they are trying to achieve, particularly as a way of engaging and enabling people to contribute to the development of their own communities. 3. Help create an enabling environment for volunteering 4. Strengthening the leadership of volunteering
  8. 8. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Set up or improve the effectiveness of volunteer programmes that place volunteers with other organizations • In Kenya: NAVNET was formed by RVs and developing a capacity to match those that want to volunteer with requests for volunteers. Support in training in volunteer management and fundraising. Participation in the Commonwealth Fellowship programme in the UK. Seed funding to cover secretariat and operating costs for 3-5 years and to provide technical support and mentoring to help NAVNET to become an established and self sustaining.
  9. 9. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas 2. Support to help organizations develop systems to more effectively manage and maximize the potential of volunteering to contribute to the objectives they are trying to achieve • In Vietnam:VSO Vietnam ran a two day course for partners to enable them to learn from each other how they were involving local volunteers and to discuss best practice to improve their management and harnessing of local volunteer effort.
  10. 10. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas 3. Creating an enabling environment • In South Africa • VSO SA is working with partners to create an enabling environment and provide support for policy formation. Promote networking & resource sharing initiatives between NV programmes and organizations throughout the country.
  11. 11. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Supporting and strengthening the leadership of volunteering • . In the Philippines • VSO Bahaginan has been providing support for the development of VOICE, a network of Filipino development-focused volunteer programmes (national, regional and community based). The VOICE network has grown to over 100 members and is establishing itself as an effective and credible voice for volunteering in the Philippines.
  12. 12. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Study Tours • VSO has organized short study tours to Ghana, the Philippines, Canada, India and the UK for voluntary sector professionals and practitioners. The focus has been on the learning and sharing of volunteer management expertise. • Global Xchange:Many of the WY/GX partners are leaders in youth volunteering. Since 2004 six volunteer managers from GX/WY partners from India, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Cameroon have been VSO sponsored Commonwealth Fellows and a further four have joined NV study tours.
  13. 13. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas What kind of support do we offer in Kenya • Recognising and celebrating philanthropy and volunteerism • Expertise in designing volunteer management programmes & systems • Volunteer manuals and models of good practice • Learning forums including workshops, discovery evenings, stakeholders’ conference • Public awareness and media campaigns on value and benefits of volunteering
  14. 14. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas • Networking and linking opportunities • Research and publications • A range of capacity building programmes including Volunteer Management Trainings • Study tours and exchanges • Support to Corporate employee volunteering programmes to develop sustainable CSR activities
  15. 15. A Member Agency Of Voluntary Service Overseas Thought… • The Ark of Noah was built by volunteers….(it saved lives) • The Titanic was built by paid professionals…(it sunk) • Which one would you have rather been on..?

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