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

Leveraging volunteerism for global impact

WHEN:  30 March-1 April 2015
WHERE: Washington, D.C., USA

A joint initiative of the U.S. Peace Corps and UNV to develop a strong evidence base to support the role of volunteerism in peace and development.

This initiative aimed to explore global indicators that can inform a universal results-based narrative to help measure and capture the contribution that volunteers bring to development. Such a narrative is especially relevant to inform monitoring discussions related to the post-2015 sustainable development goals.

UNV Press communication

Devex article: Volunteer-sending organizations call for measurement mechanism embedded in SDGs

Workshop outcome document: Getting to impact: measuring volunteer contribution

30–31 March - Workshop on Volunteerism: measuring global impact  

Volunteer-involving organizations shared practices, knowledge and understanding of measuring volunteer contributions to development based on different modalities of volunteering (e.g., corporate, online, community, and youth). This was the first step towards identifying global indicators that could be used to measure volunteering and its impact.

The workshop generated ideas to deepen innovation and research on the measurement of volunteerism, as well as on the ways different stakeholders can combine their efforts and resources to undertake research and other evidence-building activities.

1 April – Conference on Leveraging volunteerism for global impact  

High-level public officials, institutional leaders and policy experts gathered to convene, inform and connect domestic and international thought leaders and policy experts with a view to build support for the role of volunteer service in achieving the sustainable development goals.

They also informed and supported a wider practice of international volunteer service as a relevant and effective tool for global development with the U.S. government and other global policy-makers.

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