In its aim to protect civilians, humanitarian workers and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) engages military and civilian personnel, police, and UN Volunteers in its daily operations. Activities range from protecting children’s rights to justice support, often in challenging and even dangerous environments.
Since April 2016, UN Online Volunteers are supporting MONUSCO from right where they live in Brazil, France, Senegal, or India, to help deliver visually appealing and timely reports, or to design campaign posters and logos that speak to the local population and inspire vivid participation for MONUSCO’s campaigns and awareness raising events.
The online volunteers have contributed the French translation of the MONUSCO International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) 2016 annual report, as well as the report’s layout, infographics and design. As part of International African Child Day celebrations, MONUSCO’s Child Protection Section engaged an online volunteer to create a logo for an awareness campaign about the recruitment of child soldiers. The logo was printed on posters, flyers, and banners, which were distributed across the North Kivu region to sensitize local communities and armed groups on the impact that the recruitment of child soldiers would have on them.
Fabien Faivre, based in UNV’s Field Support Office in Goma, helped facilitate MONUSCO’s involvement of online volunteers. “I really think that working with online volunteers is helping us save a lot of time, especially in a peacekeeping environment where we often need information in two-language versions – English and French – fast,” he says. “There is also a lot of information out there for which often not the right tools or designs are used. Thanks to their outstanding professionalism and speed in which they provide support, the UN Online Volunteers really bring added value and are making an impact on the messages we are sharing.”
Poster image: © MONUSCO / Deborah Sommers