Integrating volunteering into policy and planning
About the discussion group
In this discussion, we want to hear your examples and experiences of volunteering being effectively integrated into policies and planning.
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People everywhere are contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and targets through volunteering. But research by UNV and partners suggests that national and local policies, strategies, and schemes that support volunteers often stand separate from wider development efforts.
- How have public policies or strategies in your country integrated volunteering into wider efforts to achieve the SDGs?
- What evidence shows whether this integration has added value?
- What have you or your partners done to successfully influence policymakers to integrate volunteering?
In your responses, you could include examples of:
- Sector policies or national strategies that include volunteering components, for example, a climate change strategy that works with volunteers to collect environmental data or to raise awareness in their communities.
- National or local volunteering strategies that are aligned to SDG gaps and challenges, for example, a national or local government volunteer strategy, programme or scheme that is focused on a major development priority such as disaster preparedness.
- National volunteering schemes that embed volunteers into projects and partnerships and measure the efforts of volunteers against national SDG targets;
- Evaluations or research that show how the inclusion of volunteering in a policy or plan has added value, for example by demonstrating that ordinary people’s needs and priorities were listened to and acted upon;
- Partnerships or processes that have resulted in greater integration of volunteering, for example, public consultations on a new policy or strategy that have given volunteering groups the opportunity to successfully advocate for the inclusion of volunteers;
- Types of data or evidence that have demonstrated the value of volunteering for the SDGs to policymakers, such as qualitative research that highlights how volunteering can help accelerate progress against a particular SDG target.
Why take part?
The insights generated from these discussions may be used in the 2021 Report of the Secretary-General on Volunteering, and as a resource for approaches to realize the Call to Action – to make volunteering a transformative force for the 2030 Agenda.
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