Copy • June 2013

Welcome to the first edition of Forum’s e-newsletter! We expect to publish this 4-5 times per year and hope this will be a useful tool for updates from the Board and for sharing among Forum members throughout the year.

Updates from the Board

We would like to take this opportunity to share with you that following endorsement from a quorum of Forum members we are now called International Forum for Volunteering in Development aligning more closely with the French translation of the name, Forum International du Volontariat pour le Développement. Forum’s incorporation under the ‘Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act’ was confirmed on the 26th April, 2013.

The Forum Board convened 10th-12th April in Paris, and the meeting was generously hosted by France-Volontaires. Planning of IVCO 2013 was one of the main agenda items, and members will shortly receive further information about this year’s program along with an invitation to send proposals for workshops and activities. Other follow up items from Forum’s Strategic Plan 2013-15 at the Board meeting included strengthened membership, communication and financial resources.

Member News

On the 11th March this year, Forum member Canada World Youth welcomed New President and CEO: Rita S. Karakas. Ms. Karakas joined Canada World Youth and will be working from the organisation’s head office in Montreal. We formally welcome Rita S. Karakas into Forum.

Forum member, FK Norway is celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2013. The 4th April, 2013 marked the opening of official celebrations which will go on throughout 2013. Visit: France Volontaires and AKLHÜ are also celebrating 50 year anniversaries this year, and we take this opportunity to congratulate all these Forum members on this milestone.

Do you have news, research or featured events to share with Forum members?


We encourage you to visit Forum’s website to explore the significant body of research and good practice in international volunteering that has been built up by Forum over the years.

You will find plenty to read including the updated version of the 2012 Forum Discussion Paper: MDGs, Sustainable Development Goals and the Post 2015 agenda: opportunities for consolidating the recognition of volunteerism

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