International FORUM on Development ServicePresident: Cliff Allum; Executive: Tor Elden, Masaaki Otsuka, Deborah Snelson,Karen Takacs, Dimity Fifer; Coordinator: Claire Lewisc/o Skillshare International, 126 New Walk, Leicester, LE1 7JA, UKtel + 44 (0) 116 257 6608, fax + 44 (0) 116 254 2614www.forum-ids.org email@example.com
During the year, FORUM maintained its membership of CONCORD, theEuropean NGO network. CONCORD continues to be interested in FORUMtaking a role in engaging with EU human resources policy issues.Jake Bharier of Skillshare International represented FORUM at VOICE'sseminar on professionalism and voluntarism in July 2006. Jake presented apaper on lessons from volunteer co-operation agencies, discussing the issuesof language and risk in relation to international volunteering andprofessionalism.
We conducted a trends survey looking back on the past five years. This wasundertaken on our behalf by Development Initiatives and presented to theIVCO 2006 conference by Tony German. The Impact Assessment Researchproject, co-ordinated by UN Volunteers with 5 other FORUM members on theSteering Group, was presented on at IVCO 2006. FORUM continued itsresearch fund in 2006 and is grateful to VSA, HVSF, CCI and CUSO for their contributions.
In terms of finance, we have maintained the existing level of subscriptions. Thishas meant less income than expenditure, but it remains our longer term vision toexpand membership.
Income is less than budget, mainly due to contributions to the newly-established research fund not meeting expectations and the postponement of the European Conference.
Expenditure is much less than budget, mainly due to income from the researchfund not meeting expectations, and so not being spent.
At year end we had a deficit of €2,970.
In the year ahead we will take forward the vision for FORUM including:
Support the European Conference 2007, hosted by AFVP in Paris, 3-4 May.
Support IVCO 2007, hosted by CIVCA in Montreal, 17-19 September.
Sustain and expand membership support.
Implement an agreed research programme.Cliff AllumPresidentFebruary 2007