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1. Participants share and explore the challenges, achievements and learning they have experienced over the last two years, including the COVID pandemic themes that were explored at recent IVCO conferences. This will be an open exchange, focused on key themes in the volunteering sector, amongst Forum members, other volunteer-involving organisations, researchers and government representatives and the private sector.

2. Participants identify key takeaways and strategic advice that launch them and their organisations forward into a new dawn for volunteering in development – a new dawn that accelerates progress towards the achievement of the 2030 SDGs Agenda and the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.

3. Participants learn about priorities emerging in the volunteering sector, strategies for navigating a changing and uncertain environment, and the role volunteering standards can play as we address those priorities.

*Organisations wishing to host parallel conversations during lunch breaks or evenings should contact the IVCO 2022 organisation committee at Requests will be processed on a first come, first served basis.

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Conference Schedule

Looking Back & Reimagining the Future

9:00-9:45 am

Room: Nelson Mandela 1

10:00-10:45 am

Room: Nelson Mandela 1

10:45-11:15 am

Networking Time

11:15-12:30 pm

Room: Nelson Mandela 1

As a sector, what have we learned from the experience of the last two years? 

This session will introduce the findings of Forum’s Collective Strategy Process, which in recent months has brought Forum members together to help them better understand the opportunities and challenges they face, and to plot a strategic path for the next five years.   

This conversation will also draw on learning from recent IVCO conferences on Volunteering for Climate Action and Inclusive Volunteering for Global Equality and set the scene for conversations on the future of volunteering in development.  

Speakers: Nick Ockenden, Yann Delaunay 

Facilitator: Martin Causin 

12:30-2:00 pm

12:45-1:45 pm

Room:  Léopold Sedar Senghor 

This meeting will bring together representatives of governments and state agencies to discuss issues of common interest over lunch. Participation in the meeting is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, 

1:00-1:45 pm

Room:  Nelson Mandela 2

This event will focus on CECI’s innovative volunteering practices.  From innovations in volunteer management to recruitment (organisational and technical aspects) and volunteers’ training – pre- and post-assignment and pre-departure for universal and academic volunteers who come to Senegal for the first time. Former and current volunteers experiences will be shared as well as different  innovative practices. 

2:00-3:00 pm

Room:  Nelson Mandela 1

Imagining ourselves in 2030, volunteering efforts continue to greatly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, and we are well on our way to achieving the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.

In this space, presenters and conference delegates will take part in an open exchange of ideas on how our sector can help to create this vision of the future.

  • What have volunteers, and the organisations that support them, done to contribute to the achievement of these goals? And how do we, as a sector, realise this vision?
  • What is working well, what needs to stop, what new opportunities exist, and what new collaborations can be formed?
Speakers: Musa Naroro, Devothla Mlay, Tapiwa Kamuruko, Rebecca Tiessen 
Facilitator: Erin Bateman 

3:00-3:15 pm

3:15-4:30 pm

Room: Nelson Mandela 1

In this new dawn of volunteering in development, what is the role of standards at the global, regional, national, and organisational levels?

In this session, panelists will share learnings from the Global Volunteering Standard, the African Union Continental Volunteering Standards and national and organisational standards.

  • Panellists will explore the links and interdependencies between these standards, and how they fit together and make sense for organisations that aim to adhere to them.
  • How can standards promote and support more inclusive volunteering in development?
  • How can we better leverage standards to achieve our shared development goals?
Speakers: Daniel Adunga, Georges Armand Deguenonvo, Rahim Hassanali 
Facilitator: Lucie Morillon 

4:30-4:40 pm

4:40-5:10 pm

Room: In front of Nelson Mandela 1

An interactive exercise led by a facilitator in which delegates contribute to a shared mural. The creation of the mural asks what we hope to achieve, as organisations as a sector, in the coming years.

This will be one of many opportunities throughout the conference to contribute to this mural. 


Room: Nelson Mandela 3

Forum’s Annual Meeting will include updates on Forum’s working groups and other activities, discussion of our future plans, and elections to the Forum Board. The meeting is open to all delegates from Forum Member organisations.

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