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Annual Report 2006 With Cover

Annual Report 2006 With Cover

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Report on FORUMactivities in 2006
 
 
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 info@forum-ids.org 
Report on FORUM activities in 2006
This report covers the period from January to December 2005, in line with theannual accounts. During this period there has been one meeting of FORUMmembers at IVCO 2006 in Bonn, at which Dimity Fifer (AVI) was elected to theExecutive. Following IVSO 2006, Cliff Allum and Karen Takacs and MasaakiOtsuka were re-elected after two terms of two years on the Executive. JessicaLowe left the role of FORUM Coordinator in October 2006. Claire Lewis started thepost of FORUM Coordinator in October 2006 (a part-time post 2 days a week).
Membership
The membership of FORUM amounts to 14 members.
Activities
During the course of the year, FORUM has undertaken the following activities:
 
Member links and network promotion
 We have sustained the web site facility http://www.forum-ids.org/ and ensurethat it was regularly updated and maintained.Links between Executive members in the context of FORUM continue todevelop with current and potential members. We have been encouraged by theparticipation of IVCOs that are not FORUM members at our conference andhope that this will result in new members in due course.
 
European Workshop
The European conference due to be held in 2006 will now be held in May 2007.
 
IVCO 2006
IVCO 2006 was held in Germany from 4 to 6 October and was hosted by UNVat the UN Campus in Bonn. The conference focused on “RethinkingInternational Volunteering and Co-operation” with sessions on measuring our impact, rethinking working with the private sector, public engagement andinfluencing policy and, collaboration and cooperation. Its proceedings arecovered by a separate report. The conference was a great success.
 
 
 
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 info@forum-ids.org 
 
External links
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.
 
Research
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.
Resources
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.
2007
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

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