The UN General Assembly established the UNV programme in 1970 and appointed UNDP to administer it. In accordance with its mandate, UNV embraces all forms of voluntary action for development, while holding to the values of free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity. Volunteering is a form of social behaviour undertaken freely which benefits the community and society at large, as well as the volunteer, and which is not driven by financial considerations. Photo caption: Kenya … (Cover of the UNV Annual Report 2008)
Guided by the principle of Volunteerism for Development, and through its business model of Advocacy, Integration and Mobilization, UNV pursues distinctive contributions to effective development.
Online volunteering is a free service from UNV that offers another (free and easy) way for people to volunteer their time and expertise. There are more than 20,000 individuals registered on the website. It is simple and quick. All online volunteering projects are carefully vetted by UNV PROCESS: Organisations register. UNV verifies that each organisation is genuine. Organisations propose a project. UNV checks the projects. The projects are promoted on the website. Volunteers nominate themselves for each project. Organisations choose the expertise that suits them best. All the work is done online. The service is completely free!
UNV volunteers are highly experienced, specialised professionals More than one third (37%) volunteer within their own countries Three quarters (76%) come from developing countries
10 million volunteers in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reach 550 million children. The total value of volunteers in the Polio Eradication Initiative was estimated at US$10 billion; a contribution well beyond the reach of governments or international and national organizations. At the heart of UNV is the conviction that voluntary action by many millions of people is a vastly under recognized and underutilized resource, one that if fully harnessed could strengthen efforts in tackling development challenges worldwide. The International Year of the Volunteer (IYV) 2001 created a global awareness of the power individuals can make to development through voluntary action.
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Volunteerism as a Key Resource for the LG&LD ApproachTapiwa KamurukoUNV, Development Division13 Nov 2012, Kiev-Ukraine UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme
KEY POINTS• Volunteering & Mobilization Strategies;• the Structure of the Volunteer Infrastructure;• the Comparative /added value of volunteerism to the approach;• the Resources/Modalities• Suggestion and recommendations
Volunteering & Mobilisation Strategies1. Promote Global recognition of volunteerism for peace and development;2. Ensure the integration of volunteerism into development programmes;3. Mobilization of increasing numbers of volunteers, and increasing the diversity of volunteers contributing to peace and development;
the AIM Integration of V4DGlobal Advocacy infor V4D Development Planning Mobilization of Volunteers
the Volunteer Infrastructure• Strengthening the policy/legal environment for the promotion/recognition of volunteerism in development initiatives;• Support existing national volunteer involving schemes at the local level;• Support specific volunteering interest groups such women, youth and minority populations to enhance their participation in national/community level development activities;
Volunteerism impact in the LG&LD sector• Facilitates and enables voluntary action/cohesion at the local level;• Empowers individuals and communities;• Connects stakeholders towards mutual accountability;• Fosters depth and diversity of participation;• Powerful social capital for improved governance;• Fills in the gap of limited state action-services
Areas of Distinctive Contribution in the LG&LD Sector•Linking policies with Access to Service andCommunities: Poverty Service Deliveryreduction activities• Connect duty bearers Inclusion and(Officials) with rights Participationholders (Citizenry):•Build Local Capacity Community/empowerment & Voices Mobilization
Volunteerism Impact Participation Local Empowerment ownership Volunteerism for Peace and Development Strengthening Community-CentredLocal capacities Sustainable Development Access to Service
UNV Volunteer Modalities• National UN Volunteer Specialists; (Serving in their own countries)• International UN Volunteer Specialists; (Serving outside their own countries)• Online Volunteering; ( Serve from off site)• Corporate Volunteering; (Short and focused assignment)• Youth Volunteering;
1,530 registered development organizations10,127 online volunteers in 201115,109 assignments in 2011In English, French and Spanish
Who are UN Volunteers 38 years average age5-10 years average working experience158 nationalities100+ professional categories: Project managers and administrators Men Women Policy advisors 63% 37% Engineers & technicians Doctors and health professionals
Mobilization of Volunteers9,0008,000 7,708 assignments in 20117,0006,0005,0004,0003,0002,0001,000 0 12
Stats on Mobilization 7,765 UN Volunteers/7,960 UNV assignments Environmen t and Poverty sustainable eradication 5,224 International (34% women, 66% men) developmen and t achievemen 4% t of MDGs 2,541 National (43% women, 57% men) 30% 32 percent in own country 132 countries of assignment 158 nationalities Crisis prevention Democratic and governance 80 percent from developing countries recovery 26% 40% 98 percent specialists 37 percent women, 63 percent men Average age 38 with 5-10 years relevant work experience Financial magnitude: $235 million
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) will require the contributions of millions of ordinary people through voluntary action – Kofi Anan (2001)
Integration of V in the Approach• Embed and integrate volunteerism as deliberate and intentional strategy for the LG/LD approach beyond human resource but programmatic;• Identify specific/potential pathways such as Upstream support for policy review/analysis and formulation;• Downstream for direct service delivery and capacity strengthening at the community level;