International Year of Volunteers (IYV) +10 India Campaign

2001 was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). The year was dedicated to increasing awareness of the achievements and further potential of volunteerism for economic and social development. The 2008 resolution reaffirmed the significance of volunteerism for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and called for the marking of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers or 'IYV+10' in 2011. In view of the 2015 target date of the MDGs, IYV+ 10 offered an opportunity to celebrate but also to assess the progress made towards achieving the key objectives of IYV:

  • Recognition: acknowledging the value of volunteerism to society all over the world and the connection between volunteerism and the MDGs
  • Facilitation: ensuring that the maximum number of people from the broadest range of backgrounds have access to volunteer opportunities
  • Networking: fostering the exchange of experience and strengthening partnerships among different entities promoting and implementing volunteer projects
  • Promotion: promoting inclusive volunteerism representative of the diverse groups in the society

IYV+10 provided an opportunity to renew enthusiasm and a platform for national constituencies and stakeholders to come together for planning the future role of volunteerism in India.

UNV India in close partnership with UNDP India played a crucial role in constituting the National IYV+10 Committee. The National IYV+10 Committee is the formal body to provide leadership and coordination for celebrating IYV+10 with an objective to encourage a joint collaboration of different sectors, and to address the concept of volunteerism at the local and national levels. The Committee comprising 14 members is chaired by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Planning Commission and UNDP. Four taskforces (informal networks) based on the four objectives of IYV+10 were also formulated to enable all stakeholders to engage in a number of initiatives to recognize, raise the profile of volunteering, and to mobilize more volunteers. More than thirty organizations joined these taskforces during the year to celebrate IYV+10 in various ways.

UNV India undertook key tasks under three major areas:

  1. Strengthen the national capacity of the constituencies through volunteerism
  2. Support joint projects, partnership building and resource mobilization at the national and local levels
  3. Ensure regular documentation and reporting at the national and global levels

UNV as a focal point for IYV+10 played the principal and significant role to help coordinate, facilitate and extend capacity development assistance to strengthen the implementation of IYV+10 initiatives and results with IYV+10 partners for achieving the following outcomes:

  1. To establish and actively support the National IYV+10 Committee to steer the IYV+10 activities in India
  2. To develop and implement a number of initiatives to mark IYV+10 in the country
  3. To document all year-round activities and success stories on IYV+10 received in timely manner by the IYV+10 team at UNV Headquarters
  4. To bring additional dynamism to the planned events/programmes and mobilize resources at the national and local levels 

Key Results Achieved:

  1. Partnership building and stakeholder involvement for joint development projects/programmes with UNDP, Planning Commission, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Asia Centre amongst others
  2. Conferences, consultation meetings and other forums such as International and national level seminars on Youth Volunteerism, workshops etc
  3. Integration of volunteerism into national development strategies, educational institutions and programmes such as launch of volunteering opportunities in the areas of community development, disaster risk management, and peace and devolvement; orientation programme for peace and conflict resolution; a certification course on volunteering, etc
  4. Annual volunteer recognition award instituted by Appejay Surendra Group (corporate)
  5. An approximate of 100 million people reached through campaigns, social networking sites, print media television etc, and more than 50 million volunteers’ mobilized nationwide for campaigns on environment, peace building, gender issues etc

National IYV+10 Committee

National IYV+10 Committee is co-chaired by the Planning Commission, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and United Nations Development Programme.


  • Mr Ankur Sethi, Founder & Volunteer, Chitrakaar
  • Ms Ashraf Patel, Director, Pravah
  • Ms C. Indira Dasgupta, Director, People's Institute for Development and Training 
  • Dr. C.S. Pran, Program Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangthan 
  • Mr Jeroninio Almeida, Founder and Chief Volunteer, Indian Confederation of NGOs 
  • Ms Julie George, Director, Skillshare International 
  • Dr. Lalit Kumar, Secretary, National Foundation for Communal Harmony 
  • Ms Mita Nangia Goswami, Director, Environment Education Programme, World Wildlife Fund
  • Mr Pooran C. Pandey, Executive Director, Times Foundation
  • Ms Rakhi Sarkar, Country Director, Voluntary Service Overseas 
  • Ms Sharda Khan, Programme Adviser, National Service Scheme 

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