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International Volunteer Day 2016

“The example volunteers set for us all cannot be underestimated. Today, join me in giving volunteers everywhere a round of #GlobalApplause.” International Volunteer Day (IVD), on December 5th, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities. “More than one billion people globally volunteer, internationally and in their own communities, driven by a deep commitment to making the world
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Creating an inclusive global environment for achieving the SDGs

In 2016, 156 persons with disabilities have volunteered their skills and time online through the UNV Online Volunteering service. The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated annually on 3 December. This year, it coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. And as 2016 is also the first year of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the day highlights the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.  On December 3rd, International Day of Persons with Dis
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Our new website is live!

New Online Volunteering website and services launched We are delighted to announce that the new Online Volunteering service was launched successfully.   Our goal with the new website is to provide our volunteers and organizations – our online volunteering community – with an even faster, more inclusive and more appealing way to connect with each other and to join forces for peace and development worldwide. The official global launch ceremony will be held on 15 July from Brasilia, Brazil, with the cooperation of the UN in Brazil and Samsung.
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Partnership with Samsung

UNV and Samsung are partnering to harness the power of online volunteering Global leader in technology, Samsung, has just announced an unprecedented partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.  Pedro Kim, President and CEO of Samsung Latin America, and Amanda Mukwashi, Chief of the Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section of UNV announced the partnership on Monday 18 April 2016 in the Samsung regional office in São Paulo. The UNV-Samsung cooperation will start as a pilot in Brazil, which hosts the headquarters of Samsung’s operations in Lati
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Funding from Germany

We are very grateful for the support received that allows us to promote and innovate volunteerism and strengthen online volunteering as a force for global development. One of UNV’s long-standing and key partners, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, has given a significant contribution to UNV's Online Volunteering service for the years 2015 to 2017 to expand the global reach of the UNV Online Volunteering service and explore innovative methods to ensure the broadest possible participation by all members of society, including the private sector.  After the contributions of the Federal Public Service (FPS) Foreign Affairs, F
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Working together to empower Batwa minorities in Uganda

UN Online Volunteers support the NGO Centre for Batwa Minorities Together with the Centre for Batwa Minorities (CBM), an NGO based in Kampala, Uganda, UN Online Volunteers from around the world are advocating for the rights of the Batwa people and work to empower communities and individuals of this ethnic minority in Uganda.  Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi, one of the NGO’s founders and Head of CBM’s Legal and Advocacy Department, coordinated the organization’s collaboration with online volunteers. Working with the volunteer teams on a variety of projects, Anita
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Online volunteers lend their voice to the UNDP 2013 China National Development Report

National UN Volunteer Qiushi Yue facilitated UNDP’s collaboration with Henry Tenenbaum and Coirle Magee Two UN Online Volunteers collaborated with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China to record the audio version of the China National Human Development Report 2013,Sustainable and Liveable Cities: Toward Ecological Civilization. The report explores the current urban transformation in China from the perspective of human development, and discusses the recent history of China’s cities, key challenges and projections for the future, including measures that could guide urbanisatio
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Online volunteers working on quality data

13 online volunteers are working on strengthening the United Nations Evaluation Group’s (UNEG) database of evaluation reports The collection and analysis of data plays an increasingly important role to policy-making organizations working to address peace and development-related challenges. Find out what online volunteers are doing to help these organizations work on quality data: Prepare and classify evaluation reports 13 online volunteers are working on strengthening the United Nations Evaluation Group’s (UNEG) database of evaluation reports to improve the quality and use of evaluation across the UN System. The
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Volunteering online for women’s equality

Over 1,000 UN Online Volunteers join forces In 2013, 1,203 UN Online Volunteers helped organizations address critical issues related to gender equality and women’s rights. Joining their forces at the global level, they contributed to …  Building networks for gender equality and women’s economic empowerment UN Women harnessed the energy and commitment of 25 online volunteers to help set the stage for launching The Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, an innovative online platform that provides women and girls with know
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UN Online Volunteer Kirthi Jayakumar

“I believe that we are a product of our own histories,” she says Kirthi Jayakumar from India is a trained lawyer and a passionate social activist. She founded an initiative for girls’ and women’s rights in India as well as an online journal of international law. Since October 2010, Kirthi has been volunteering her skills, time and energy online and until now has supported 16 civil society organizations and UN agencies by writing, blogging, researching, translating, designing and editing documents and publications for the social causes that matter most to h
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Fostering food security

Providing advisory services to the government of the State of São Paulo The Chamber of Agriculture of the São Paulo State government in Brazil has tasked two online volunteers with supporting a participatory agro-ecological project in urban and peri-urban areas of the municipality Álvaro de Carvalho. The project, which receives funds from the federal government, aims to engage around 300 beneficiary families in vegetable farming in public spaces to enhance rural development and food security. The beneficiaries will be provided with access to land, know-how of i
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Co-creating volunteering solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals

UNV brought together 13 partners from the private sector, governments and other UN agencies such as UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA and UNFCCC in an Innovation Space workshop that was held at UNV’s headquarters in Bonn, Germany, on 2-3 February 2016. Among the private companies and foundations that participated in the workshop were SAP, Credit Suisse, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Post DHL, IBM, Medtronic Foundation, Microsoft, Philips Foundation, Samsung, UPS, Vodafone Foundation, Volvo Group and Zurich Insurance Group. The workshop explored innovative and cost-effective volunteer-based solutions that can help achieve the SDGs. As an example of collaboration, UNV presented its new Online Volunteering prototype, to be launched together with a r
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How to value volunteers

Beyond giving organizations access to a diversity of skills, expertise and extra hands, volunteers bring additional commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to what they do. Volunteers are diverse in what they expect to receive in return for their contributions. While some appreciate formal recognition such as receiving a certificate or being featured in a newsletter, this kind of recognition is not important to all. There are three principles that organizations need to place at the basis of all volunteer engagement in order to nurture and sustain the commitment of all volunteers: a. Open communication: informing all candidates about the outcome of their applicat
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Why it’s important to give feedback

Some organizations said that they have never used the feedback form on our website. Here are some important reasons why you should: Let your volunteer know what you think about your online collaboration Completing the short feedback form is an excellent way of telling your volunteers what you liked about your collaboration. It also gives you the chance to share your thoughts on what you think they could improve. The feedback you share with your volunteers counts towards an average displayed in the volunteers’ accounts. Volunteers can immediately see how organizations rate
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How to say ‘Thank you’ to your volunteers

There are many ways in which you can thank your online volunteers for giving their time, expertise and commitment to supporting your organization’s work. Tell volunteers about the difference they make After volunteers complete an assignment, let them know about the results of their contributions. Keeping them informed of their projects’ impact is the volunteers’ greatest source of motivation and fulfilment. Issue an online volunteering certificate Our website offers an easy tool to help your organization issue a certificate of appreciation to your online volunteers. The certificate features the opportunity title, the volunteer’s name and y
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Involving online volunteers in grant proposal writing

After having developed a project, most organizations face the need to secure funding. Online volunteers can help you with identifying potential donors and grant opportunities as well as writing convincing funding proposals that are targeted to the individual donor’s requirements. You will need to provide the volunteer with detailed information about the project. Successful proposal writing requires excellent writing skills, but also research and analysis skills, as online volunteers will have to express complex ideas in simple language. Experience with proposal writing, or eve
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Involving online volunteers in project development

Online volunteers can help your organization define the project goals and objectives, develop the project activities and set up the budget. The ideal online volunteer for this task would have experience in project development as well as expertise in the area that your project will address (women’s income generation, for example, or community adaptation to climate change). Knowledge of the country would be an asset. Yet people with experience of developing similar projects in other countries can also make valuable contributions. Setting up an international team of online volunteers who share their diverse experience and exchange t
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How do I select the best candidate?

How to find your ideal online volunteer UNV does not pre-screen applications. You will therefore receive applications from qualified candidates as well as from people who may not meet all the requirements. It is up to you to select the volunteers with the most suitable profile. Asking candidates to include a CV in their applications is always helpful, and for many assignments it will be useful to short-list candidates and test their skills or probe further before making your final selection.
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Planning an online volunteering assignment

A well-planned assignment is the starting point for a successful online collaboration. Before posting an opportunity for online volunteers to engage in your organization’s work, make sure to: Clearly define the task: Analyze your organization’s needs and break them down into well-defined tasks. An assignment focusing on one distinct task will increase your chances of finding qualified online volunteers for the assignment. Decide how many online volunteers to involve: Think about whether the task you have in mind is best performed by one volunteer or by a several online vol
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Getting started

How can my organization receive support from volunteers? Once your organization has registered with the Online Volunteering service, you will get access to the website’s opportunity and volunteer management tools. The first step is to post an online volunteering opportunity in which you describe the task for which you seek support. UNV reviews all opportunities before they are published on the website to ensure they are in line with the criteria and provides guidance on how to present the opportunities in order to attract applications from quali