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Forum-ids.org • DECEMBER 2013

Happy International Day of the Volunteer to all international volunteering and cooperative organisations, volunteer involving organisations, and of course, to all the wonderful volunteers around the world.

Welcome to the third edition of Forum’s e-newsletter.

IVCO 2013

From 27th-30th October, the International Forum for Volunteering in Development held their annual conference (IVCO 2013) hosted by France Volontaires in Paris. The conference title was PEOPLE to PEOPLE: Volunteering as a catalyst for post-2015 development policy and practice and was attended by approximately 80 delegates from around 20 countries.

During the conference, special guest speaker, Ahmnad Alhendawi, United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth. Ahmnad Alhendawi stated that “we have moved on to a digital era, yet politics remains in an analogue era...volunteering is a tool to make sure that young people are not discounted from politics.”

The question and answer session of Alhendawi’s presentation can be found on the France Volontaires’ website, along with other illuminating discussions and photos from IVCO 2013: http://www.france-volontaires.org/-IVCO-WEB-

Paris Accord

During IVCO 2013, delegates who were gathered from all over the world developed The Paris Accord on Volunteering for Sustainable Development, which underlines the power of volunteering for creating healthy, vibrant societies and to the achievement of future sustainable development goals. This document underlines the power of volunteering for creating healthy, vibrant societies and to the achievement of future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). So far, 50+ organisations working in more than 145 countries are signatories to the Paris Accord. If your organisation wishes to sign on as well, please send a message stating your organisation’s name and main country of operation to info@forum-ids.org

More information about the Paris Accord can be found here: http://forum-ids.org/

International Volunteer Day Activities

Many Forum members and volunteer involving organisations will be implementing actions on International Volunteer Day (IVD), 5th December. Signatories to the Paris Accord are encouraged to send the document to their governments and/or media. France Volontaires have kindly produced a press release based on the outcomes of IVCO 2013 which they will distribute in France on IVD. This material will be made available to Forum members via email; we welcome you to adapt excerpts of this material for national use.

Research

The following 2013 Forum Discussion Papers have now been added to the website:
http://forum-ids.org/research/forum-research/

Forum Discussion Paper 2013: Measuring and Conveying the Added Value of International Volunteering, Benjamin Lough and Lenore Matthew, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Forum
http://forum-ids.org/2013/12/forum-discussion-paper-2013-measuring-and-conveying-added-value/

Executive Summary: Forum Discussion Paper 2013: Measuring and Conveying the Added Value of International Volunteering, Benjamin Lough and Lenore Matthew, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Forum
http://forum-ids.org/2013/12/forum-discussion-paper-2013-measuring-and-conveying-added-value/

Forum Discussion Paper 2013: Advocating for People Centred Development in the Post-2015 Agenda, Forum
http://forum-ids.org/2013/12/forum-discussion-paper-2013-advocting-for-people-centered-development/



Other new publications that have been added to Forum’s website since the last newsletter include:

Models of International Volunteering: Trends, innovation and good practice
By VOSESA, 2013
http://forum-ids.org/2013/10/models-of-international-volunteering/

Capacity Building Contributions of Short-Term International Volunteers
By Benjamin J. Lough, Amanda Moore McBride, Margaret S. Sherraden, Kathleen O'Hara, 2013
http://forum-ids.org/2013/10/capacity-building-contributions-of-short-term-international-volunteers/

New Evidence on Overseas Volunteering from Ireland: And it's socio-economic impact in Ireland
By Dr. Pat McCloughan, Comhlamh, 2013
http://forum-ids.org/2013/09/new-evidence-on-overseas-volunteering-from-ireland/


Please send member research (past and present) to info@forum-ids.org

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