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03 June 2011
Youth volunteering, social integration and decent work: Inspiring leadership 
As we mark the International Year of Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding as well as the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, we are pleased to release this discussion paper on “Youth Volunteering, Social Integration, and Decent Work: Inspiring Leadership.”  Read article
22 July 2010
Culture of volunteerism in Armenia 
The booklet 'Culture of Volunteerisms in Armenia' explores three focus areas - the regulatory environment, motivations behind volunteerism, and volunteer management practices - to explain the under-utilization of volunteers and to suggest opportunities for the promotion of volunteerism in the country. It is the result of the joint efforts of the researcher, Ms. Mane Tadevosyan, and Ms. Lusine Hakobyan, National Coordinator for the CIVICUS Civil Society Index in Armenia, a project within Counterpart International. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Armenia helped to define the methodology and to gather the data for the study.  Read article
27 January 2009
V::I::P - Promotion of Local and International Youth Volunteering for Peace Building and Conflict Resolution in Europe 
The report presents good practices workshops on local youth volunteering projects for conflict resolution and peace building in Europe, discusses the role of donors and governments in stimulating the potential of volunteering, and showcases the diverse contributions of volunteering to the peace building and conflict resolution process.  Visit site

08 January 2009
One million volunteers: An online book 
First published in 1968, Arthur Gillette's comprehensive history of voluntary youth service is now available online. The author shows how service has affected volunteers and the peoples with whom they work, and draws guidelines for the future of international voluntary work.  Read article
14 November 2008
Poverty and Promise - One volunteer's experience of Kenya 
Cindi Brown writes about the people of Kenya and her time as a VSO volunteer at a university on Lake Victoria, offering an insider's view of international volunteering.
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01 October 2008
UK National Occupational Standards for Managing Volunteers 
Standards written by a steering group of experts and practitioners led by the UK Workforce Hub and compiled by the Management Standards Consultancy, after a three month consultation period in which individuals were able to contribute their views via an online consultation or at one of the UK events.  Visit site

23 September 2008
Best Practice in International Volunteering and Co-operation 
A full report is now available about the European Conference held in Dublin, Ireland, on 26-27 June 2008. The theme of the conference was "Best Practice in International Volunteering and Co-operation".   Visit site

06 February 2008
Taking volunteers seriously 
This report published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies aims to provide a picture of development in volunteering, underscoring the value of volunteers, since 1999 until 2007.   Read article
Promoting MDGs in Brazil. (Andrew Smith, UNV Sept. 2006)
15 June 2007
50 Jeitos Brasileiros de Mudar o Mundo 
This book, jointly published by the UN Volunteers programme and UN Development Programme in Brazil, contains 50 practical and successful projects on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It aims to encourage people to get involved in development and volunteering, establish new development projects and help civil society organizations with their work towards achieving the MDGs. (Read the original article in Portuguese here)  Read article
28 February 2007
Individual Pathways in Participation 
To reverse antagonism towards traditional democratic practices and institutions, local politicians must move beyond consumer satisfaction and public consultation to more deliberative and participatory politics such as volunteering, says a new booklet ‘Individual Pathways in Participation’.  Read article


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