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Award 04 Dec 2017

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UNV Online Volunteering Award 2017

Celebrate volunteerism, nominate your online volunteers! On International Volunteer Day (IVD), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is calling for nominations for the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2017, which will be presented to five online volunteers or teams of online volunteers for their contributions to peace and development projects. A jury made up of UNV representatives and external experts in volunteerism and development cooperation will review the nominations and select the 5 winners. The winners will be announced on the Intern

Story 28 Sep 2017

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Enabling community participation for development

How UN Online Volunteer translators contribute to the localization of the SDGs   The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from the early stages of their formulation through their first years of implementation, emphasize the role of all actors to participate in and advance sustainable human development. As innovative approaches to tackling development challenges often come from the affected communities themselves, organizations reach out to local communities to gather learning and best practices. Translation plays an important role in including communities in knowledg

Story 07 Aug 2017

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How online volunteers bring added value for strengthening peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UN Online Volunteers are a fast, professional and highly efficient resource for MONUSCO’s activities 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

Story 17 Jul 2017

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Linking local communities with donors, trainers and partners

UN Online Volunteers help mobilize USD 40,000 and create new networks for sustainable fishery project in Benin   Lake Nokoué is located on the southern coast of Benin in West Africa. Bordering on Cotonou, Benin’s largest city in the south, and its capital Porto Novo in the east, lake Nokoué is threatened by pollution and deforestation along its shorelines. It is also affected by congestion from sediments and the traditional acadja fish farming practice, which uses wood, leaves and branches to build enclosures for the fish. At the northern part, where the Sô river feeds into the lake, lies the town o

Story 08 Mar 2017

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Distilling knowledge for gender equality in entrepreneurship

UN Online Volunteer Alisa Niakhai collaborated with the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology to help integrate knowledge on women entrepreneurs through ICT in UN Secretariat initiatives   Shortly after Alisa Niakhai completed her Master’s degree in Public Administration, she discovered online volunteering through UNV. Coming from a family of modest means, the unpaid internships in New York or Geneva were no option for her to contribute to the work of the UN. But through online volunteering, other opportunities to do just that presented themselves to her, and Alisa has completed a number of online volunteering assignments for various UN agencies since. When she saw that th

Tips for organizations 12 Jan 2017

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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

News 05 Dec 2016

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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

Story 03 Dec 2016

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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

Tips for organizations 22 Nov 2016

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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

Tips for volunteers 22 Nov 2016

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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

Story 28 Oct 2016

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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

Tips for organizations 20 Oct 2016

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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

Story 06 Oct 2016

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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

Tips for organizations 22 Sep 2016

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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

Tips for organizations 22 Aug 2016

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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

Tips for volunteers 22 Aug 2016

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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

Story 14 Aug 2016

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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

Tips for organizations 22 Jul 2016

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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.

Tips for volunteers 21 Jul 2016

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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

News 08 Jul 2016

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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.

News 01 Jul 2016

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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

News 28 Jun 2016

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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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