Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in addressing development challenges

UNV national documents

The documents in this section result from activities at national level by UNV Field Units that relate to the promotion of volunteerism in the post-2015 agenda.

  • Soyvoluntario coverVolunteer Entities Networks in Peru: Cross-sector collaboration in the "SoyVoluntari@" network model (2015)
    This report by UNV presents the methodology used for developing subnational volunteer networks within Peru, and explains how to replicate the model in other countries and contexts. During the last years, UNV has been supporting innovative approaches to managing volunteer infrastructure in Peru by facilitating the establishment of the SoyVoluntari@ National Network, a pioneer initiative aiming at cross-sectoral action and dialogue. The SoyVoluntari@ network is an innovative reference for Latin America to create inclusive spaces and coordinate different actors engaged in volunteering.    
    The report examines the SoyVoluntari@ network’s methods of collaboration across sectors, describes how it increases/enhances the engagement of volunteers in development processes, and shows how this infrastructure can contribute to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. Finally, the report documents the contribution of SoyVoluntari@ in strengthening public policy and law making to mainstream volunteering as a development tool in Peru.
    Also available in Spanish:
    Redes de entidades de voluntariado en Peru: Cooperación transectorial en el modelo de redes "SoyVoluntari@"
  • Sri Lankan youth: volunteering to make a difference (2014)
    This report documents a research carried out by UNV in Sri Lanka on youth volunteerism in the country and presents recommendations on ways to promote it, with specific regard to youth volunteerism as part of the post-2015 development agenda.
  • BGD Post-2015 Youth-English w85The world we want - Bangladeshi youth voices on a post-2015 world (2014) 
    This report summarizes the discussions and findings of the three youth consultations held in Jessore, Chittagong and Dhaka between August and October 2013. It highlights important principles and ideas that young people have to improve the world they live in. The consultations gathered 84 youth representatives from 30 youth-led organizations and institutions to understand young people's vision of a post-MDG world and ensure that their voices are heard at the national and global level.  Read/download the report (.pdf) | Read the report online
  • Call for action from Kazakhstan youth on Shaping the future we want: the contribution of volunteerism (2014)
    Young people in Kazakhstan are ready to take a leading role in creating a sustainable future with equal opportunities for all Kazakh citizens. Based on the conclusions of the Kazakhstan's post-2015 national consultations, Kazakh youth asks country's decisions makers at local and national level to promote inclusive and equitable development for the years after 2015. This call for action is the outcome of a workshop on "The World We Want: Youth and volunteerism through the prism of the post-2015 development agenda", organized by UNV Kazakhstan to allow young people's vision to be heard at the national and global level.
  • Volunteering for the MDGs in Bangladesh (2013)Cover of publication
    This booklet features volunteers stories about actions to achieve the MDGs in the country and touches upon post-2015 approaches. For Goal 8, dealing with a global partnership for development, a UN Youth volunteer shares her experience on promoting social inclusion in a post-2015 perspective. The post-2015 agenda and the sustainable development goals are introduced at the end of the book as a bridge to the forthcoming development framework.
  • Cover Turkey DeclarationVolunteering for the World We Want (2013)
    This Declaration stems from the Life-long Volunteering Conference, organized by the Turkish GSM-Youth Services Centre and UNV Turkey in Ankara in 2013. The Declaration highlights the importance of volunteering in tackling the priority development issues identified during the post-2015 National Consultations in Turkey and focuses on five areas where volunteering can make a significant contribution: social inequalities, education and youth employment, personal development, active citizen participation and local development. It serves as an advocacy tool for participant VIOs networks to call on different stakeholders to take action.
    The Conference, its Declaration and the way the Declaration is used by national VIOs provide a very good example of how UNV and VIOs can work together in countries to advance the integration of volunteerism into national level policy discussions.