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CEO - BVALG Position Paper 2010

CEO - BVALG Position Paper 2010

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 W h e r e  w o u l d  t h e  w o r l d  b e  w i t h o u t  v o l u n t e e r i n g ?
The impact of volunteeringin international development
 
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ArchbishopDesmondTutu,keynoteaddressattheAdvocatesorInternationalDevelopmentConerence,13July2009http://www.a4id.org/events/desmond-tutu-lecture/deault.aspx
 P e o p l e  a n d  p a r t n e r s h i p s : 
a rec ipe  or  fg h t ing g lo ba l po ver t y and d isad van tage
Meaningulandlastingchangecomesaboutwhenpeopleworkinpartnership,helpingeachotherachievetheirgoals.Theprocessodevelopingskills,exchangingknowledge,sharingexpertiseandgivingtimeisahighlyeectivewayocombatingglobalpoverty.Workinginpartnershipmeanssupportinglocalcommunities,organisations,andgovernmentsindevelopingandragilecountriestoidentiytheirneeds.Workinginpartnershipbringsthesedierentlevelsosocietytogethertondthebestwaytoaddressthoseneeds.Andworkingwithinternationalvolunteersasawaytosupportpeopleintheprocessochanginganddevelopingtheirownlivesgetsresults.TheBritishvolunteeragenciesandourvolunteersdeliverqualityresultsacrossmanydierentsectors.Whetherit’sworkingtomeetthechallengesoclimatechange,healthoreducation,wemakeatangibleimpactbecauseweareproessionalsworkingwithandthroughotherproessionals.Volunteeringhasanunshakeableplaceininternationaldevelopment:itisacost-eectivewayoghtingglobalpovertyanddisadvantage;itisresourceulinmeetingsomeothe21stCentury’sbiggestchallengeshead-on;anditslastingvaluearexceedsmaterialwealth.Notonlyisworkingwithvolunteersaneectiveapproachtointernationaldevelopment,it’sanethostoo.It’saboutthepersonal,proessionalandsocialgrowthoboththevolunteersandthosewithwhomtheyareworking.It’saboutgrowingtheglobalcommunity,growingunderstandingacrosscultures,growingskillsandexperiences,andgrowingouruture.Volunteersareanimportantpartotheworld’ssocialcapital:theyaretheproessionalsandthemoversandshakersotomorrow.Andmanypastvolunteersareleadingthewaytoday.Throughtheirexperiencesandthethingstheygoontoachieve,internationalvolunteers–crucially-createongoingsupportorinternationaldevelopment.
“Ineedotherhumanbeingsinorderormetobehuman.Wearecreatedorcomplementarity.Ihavegitsthatyoudon’thave.AndyouhavegitsIdon’thave.”
ArchbishopDesmondTutu
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