The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) is the most crucial international network of International Volunteer Co-operation Organisations (IVCO). The forum exists to share information, develop good practice and improve co-operation across the worldwide volunteering and growth sectors. It boosts the value of volunteering for development through policy participation, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and ethical practices. The forum is a”virtual” network, using a global membership that includes a selection of organizations involved in international development, including non-government and country organizations.
Information sharing: Forum’s site comprises a credible body of research and good practice in international volunteering for development such as conference reports, research papers, relevant links, and contact details.
Research: Forum regularly shares and commissions research on issues linked to global volunteering that is related to its members and in the broader development discourse.
Delegates from a variety of agencies throughout the world take part in the seminar, and the meeting offers an opportunity for senior employees of global volunteering agencies to network and discuss critical issues in volunteering and development.
Promoting: the value and role of global volunteering for development to be recognized and included in national and global development policy.
Why is Forum significant?
As a network of credible global volunteering and cooperation agencies with a long history of expertise, Forum has a collective voice and unified identity in the principles and values which underpin volunteering for development. The forum aims to share information, develop good practice and improve co-operation and encourage among its members. Together, members research innovative method and study critical contemporary issues, focusing on organizational learning and enhanced training.
Forum members observe and document the importance of volunteering and civic society inclusion through staying connected; sharing practices; celebrating diversity; encouraging inclusiveness and reciprocity; sharing knowledge; having crucial debates; influencing external stakeholders, and through studying and supporting each other inside the volunteering community.
What’s Forum resourced?
The forum is resourced by membership subscriptions, occasional grants, and the voluntary staff time and funds from the businesses providing the Chair and the Forum Board of Directors. Subscriptions from members allow Forum to run at a fundamental level using a part-time Executive Coordinator and the capability to organize the yearly IVCO conference.
In 2000, the membership of Forum was opened to organizations throughout the world. In 2002, Forum took over responsibility for conducting an annual meeting of Heads of International Volunteer Co-operation Organisations — currently called IVCO.