United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the nodal UN agency that contributes to peace and development worldwide through volunteerism. UNV believes in ‘Volunteerism for Development’. The concept of volunteerism for development centers on optimizing volunteerism’s impact on peace and development. Achieving this, requires the cooperation and commitment of the public sector, civil society and the private sector with support from the United Nations system and the world community. Individual citizens also have an important role to play through volunteering. Every day, individuals are engaged in development initiatives through volunteer actions, both large and small, in an effort to improve conditions for others and themselves. Volunteerism by many millions of people is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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Take part in the survey on youth volunteerism here. Your voice will help us understand the perception and motivation of youth volunteers in India.
As part of the Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and National Service Scheme, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) have initiated an action research on “Youth Volunteering – State of volunteerism and impact of current volunteering initiatives in India.”
The survey will feed into the research that will establish an evidence base on the impact of current youth volunteerism in India. It will also identify emerging trends and opportunities which will provide a basis for future youth volunteer engagement in line with the national development agenda.
We would love to hear about some the best practices of volunteerism in India. We invite individuals/groups/organizations to submit their good practices - case study on volunteerism. Download the template and declaration form for submission. Add your voice now!
UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and in transforming the pace and nature of development.
Stories of Change
India’s National Youth Policy 2014 stresses on the impact of sports, particularly adventure sports, in the development of youth. Activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. can bring young people together for their own as well as the community’s development.more
Projects and Initiatives
In partnership with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, the project aims to provide catalytic support to the Youth Volunteer Schemes in the country and facilitate greater youth participation and voice in peace and sustainable development programmes.more