22 September 2003
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ethiopia recently led a two-day workshop, with other development organizations, on how volunteers could help the government's decentralization programme and in strenghtening the capacity on how to serve communities better.
The workshop is held every three months and is also an opportunity for the UNVs and partner organisations to interact, share experiences and common understanding of the UNV programme.
This is part of the activities designed to commemorate the International Volunteer Day (IVD) the 5th December 2003, a day established to recognise and celebrate the invaluable work of all volunteers, including UN volunteers, in meeting international development goals.
Recognition and promotion of volunteer contributions in support of the development process in Ethiopia, part of the two-day events will include a work placement of all the serving international and national UNVs to work with Regional Bureaus, UN agencies and NGOs in Dessie. The aim is to promote volunteer action meeting one of the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) of reducing extreme poverty and hunger through capacity strengthening for effective and efficient community development activities.
This event will also bring together key national stakeholders including representatives from Government Ministries, Regional Bureaus, NGOs, educational institutions and civil society organisations to discuss the role volunteer action as a conduit for strengthening national capacity building efforts.