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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
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Why it’s important to give feedback

Many volunteers tell us that they have never used the feedback form on our website Here are some important reasons why you should: Let the organization you supported know what you think about your online collaboration Completing the short feedback form is an excellent way of telling an organization 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 the organizations counts towards an average displayed in the organizations’ accounts. Organizations can immediately se
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How to present your online volunteering contributions

You are among the volunteers who complete an assignment through the UNV Online Volunteering service You can present your contributions to peace and development as a UN Online Volunteer to others: Mention your volunteer activities in your CV Online volunteering is a valuable experience that you can be proud to mention. You can refer to your status as “UN Online Volunteer for XYZ organization”, and briefly outline your task and contributions. Tell others about online volunteering Help us spread the word on online volunteering so that more organizations can benefit from the support of mor
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How online volunteers can support organizations’ fundraising activities

A common challenge development organizations face is the raising of funds for their projects and activities. Online volunteers can support organizations’ fundraising activities in many ways. They can develop a fundraising strategy, design a social media fundraising campaign, share innovative fundraising ideas, research potential donor organizations and funding opportunities, obtain information on submission guidelines, draft letters and correspondence, write project proposals, or provide advice on how to approach and deal with different donors. When applying to support an organization’s fundraisin
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How do I increase my chances to being selected?

The number of candidates interested to volunteer their skills online is much higher than the number of available opportunities. This is what you can do to make your application competitive: make sure to have a clear understanding of the task and tailor your application to prove that you have the required skills. If your qualifications or experience do not match the organization’s needs, your chance of being selected for the assignment will be reduced. This does not mean that the organization does not appreciate your enthusiasm and offer of support – it only means that it received applications from volunteers who met
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How do I participate as an online volunteer?

Search for opportunities and apply Your first step is to search for an online volunteering opportunity that sparks your interest and complete the electronic application form that you can access through each opportunity description. The applications are sent through the website directly to the organizations that posted the opportunities. The organizations will review the applications and contact the candidates to inform them of the outcome. UNV is not involved in online volunteer selection process.
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How to receive updates on opportunities matching your interests

Subscribe to the opportunity alerts New online volunteering opportunities are published every day and there is an easy way for you to be informed of opportunities that match your interests: the opportunity alert. Inspired by your feedback, we have enhanced the already existing tool to better meet your needs. In order to create an alert and be notified by email when a matching opportunity is published, you need to be registered on the Online Volunteering service website. In the Manage Alerts section of your volunteer account, yo
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UN Online Volunteer William Kin

William Kin first tried out online volunteering while interning with the United Nations Information Centre in South Africa William Kin first tried out online volunteering while interning with the United Nations Information Centre in South Africa in 2013, where he came across the UNV programme. Since then, he has completed 11 online volunteering assignments for grassroots community-based organizations, international NGOs and UN agencies. William has volunteered around 400 hours of his time for peace and development – and keeps on going. Born in China, William emigrated with his family to South Africa at the age
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Online volunteers help prepare the ground for Nepal emergency relief

A group of 14 UN Online Volunteers joined the Standby Task Force and its experienced volunteers to collect valuable data When the 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal on 25 April 2015, the Standby Task Force initiated its response to the crisis within just a few hours. This volunteer-based network of online community response teams started collecting tweets and images describing the immediate situation, classifying the tweets and geo-locating images for assessing damages and needs. It also collected data on which organizations were carrying out relief activities and where. A group of 14 UN Online Volunteers join
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Launch of the 2015 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report

The report was launched on 5 June 2015 in New York and is being rolled out at regional events in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Arab region. The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 is the first global review of the power of volunteer voices to help improve the way people are governed. Drawing on evidence from countries as diverse as Brazil, Kenya, Lebanon and Bangladesh, the report shows how ordinary people are volunteering their time, energies and skills to improve the way they are governed and engaged at local, national and global levels.  
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Volunteering online for innovation in ICT

UN Online Volunteers research new trends and global best practices in ICT innovation The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICT). ITU promotes the collaboration of the public and private sectors to develop global ICT networks and services. From March until September 2015, ITU engaged a team of seven UN Online Volunteers to research new trends and global best practices in ICT innovation. The results of this research were used in preparation of the ITU Telecom World 2015 event in B
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Volunteering online for climate change mitigation

13 UN Online Volunteers supported the NGO Fundacion Desarollo y Ambiente on a research project to predict the effects of climate change For more than two years, 13 UN Online Volunteers supported the Fundacion Desarollo y Ambiente (FUNDA) on a research project that analyzes, categorizes and maps types of vegetation and landscape to predict the effects of climate change. The Colombian NGO focuses on studying the relationship between vegetation types and environment in various regions of the country, with the aim of making this research available to the government and inform national environmental policies regarding conservatio
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Getting started

How to volunteer online Your first step is to find an online volunteering opportunity that interests you. Opportunities posted by development organizations are published on the Opportunity Search page of the Online Volunteering service website. Use the search filters or keyword search to find an opportunity that is right for you. Study the opportunity description carefully to make sure you meet the outlined requirements and can commit the time indicated. After creating an account on www.onlinevolunteering.org, you
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Volunteers working together online and on the ground for the MY World Survey in Bangladesh

The United Nations Volunteers programme in Bangladesh involved a team of more than 50 online volunteers to reach out to Bangladeshi people and add their voices to the MY World survey. My World is a global survey asking citizens to choose their priorities for a better world. UN Youth Volunteer Merel Fuchs coordinated the dissemination and analysis of the MY World Survey in Bangladesh and the volunteers’ involvement in the process: online volunteers translated the survey’s ballot card and other texts into Bangla. Volunteers on the ground disseminated the survey in many different regions of Bangladesh and talked to people about their development priorities to collect the dat
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Association des Agriculteurs Professionels du Cameroun (AGRIPO) Team

Komivi Messan Akakpo, Alexandra Carraz-Ceselli, Laura Guien, Claudine Lecuret, Alexandra Lepin, Frédéric Millogo, Silvia Muiña, Andréanne Roux, Jonathan Sharp, Réjean Tremblay, Winnifrede de Schaetzen Since June 2014, more than 100 UN Online Volunteers have been collaborating with Agriculteurs Professionels du Cameroun (AGRIPO), a community-led innovative rural development programme operating in the village of Tayap, situated in the rainforest of the Congo basin of central Cameroon.  Faced with progressive destruction of natural habitats and biodiversity as well as growing scarcity of agricultural land, Tayap’s 254 inhabitants, most of whom are farmers, recognized the need to change their
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UN Women Team

Jaslin Kalsi, Gesu Antonio Baez, Laura Cook Three UN Online Volunteers substantially contributed to the conceptualization and implementation of “I am (wo)man”, a digital media campaign run by UN Women calling on individuals worldwide to share personal stories about women’s economic empowerment. Empower Women is an engagement and collaborative hub, connecting women and men from the private sector, civil society, academia, governments and international organizations to take action for women empowerment online and offline. Since 2013, it
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Seeds Theatre Group Team

Angie Bojtler, Etan Nechin, Kathy Connolly, Robyn Santa Maria, Zara Qaiser The traditional belief in sorcery is used to justify violence against women in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Inhumane treatment of innocent women accused of sorcery is common in rural parts of the island as sorcery is thought to account for unexplained deaths or misfortunes in a family or village. For more than 12 years, Seeds Performing Arts Theatre Group has been using theatre drama to raise awareness on issues affecting the local rural population, including violence against women. The performan
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Hunger Reduction International Team

Prerna Bakshi Hunger Reduction International (HRI) is a Somalian relief and humanitarian development organization established in 2011, working in partnership with local communities to alleviate the impact of hunger on the lives of poor and vulnerable individuals. Prerna Bakshi became an online volunteer for HRI in 2013, when the organization was still in an incipient stage, struggling to establish itself and attain its developmental goals despite the instability and volatility of the region. The online co
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Fundación Comunidades Vulnerables de Colombia (FUNCOVULC) Team

Anahi Silva Tosca UN Online Volunteers have been an unparalleled professional asset to the Fundación Comunidades Vulnerables de Colombia  (FUNCOVULC), a non-profit organization committed to the identification and comprehensive care of individuals suffering from Huntington Disease and other Rare Diseases in Colombia. Overwhelmed by inexplicable degenerative symptoms and confronted with economic and social exclusion, individuals affected by any of these life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases fail
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Improving the availability of information on rights and participation of community stakeholders

UN Online Volunteers helped translate the case studies from English to the local languages The UNDP Equator Initiative brings together the United Nations, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to acknowledge and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Initiative recognizes their efforts by honouring them with the biennial Equator Prize. The Equator Initiative has created a case study database
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Global Civil Initiatives Team

Alexander Harris, Ashwinkumar Dakshinamurthi, Neha Jain, Sangeeta Pandey Four online volunteers joined forces with Global Civil Initiatives, Inc. (GCI), an NGO based in Kyrgyzstan, to develop a project proposal on low-carbon technologies for sustainable energy generation, poverty alleviation and climate change adaptability in the Issyk-Kul region. The proposal aims at enabling the rural population in regions with no access to electricity to gain increased benefits from the use of sustainable, low carbon technology. The project also aims at facilitating livelihood