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Cooperating agencies
School facilities in Badakshan often left a lot to be desired: this girls' classroom had no desks or chairs. However, with WFP support conditions were improving elsewhere. (D. Shrestha/UNV)
These are bodies or organizations designated to act as UNV’s focal point in a given country.  Cooperating organizations are either a Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, such as the Development Cooperation in Belgium, or the national volunteer sending agency, e.g. Voluntary Service Organization (VSO) in the UK.  The descriptions about the agencies are taken from their websites.  For more information, please visit the organization's respective website. 

Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
AVI connects people and organisations internationally to learn from each other and achieve shared goals within our strategic priorities. AVI's work in people-centred development, particularly through volunteering, is central to this. AVI works with individuals, organisations and communities in response to locally identified priorities.

Austrian Development Cooperation
Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) pursues its goals of reducing global poverty, ensuring peace and human security and preserving the environment in an international framework. The policies and programme parameters are agreed on with the European Union and in international committees (EU, UN, OECD, IFIs). Two policy pillars of bilateral and multilateral development cooperation are the Millennium Development Goals and the Paris Declaration.

The Belgian Development Cooperation

Belgium strives for a peaceful and secure world where poverty is a thing of the past and where there are development opportunities for all. Our efforts therefore complement those of the international community to achieve sustainable development and a fair world.

World University Service of Canada (WUSC)
WUSC is a network of individuals and post-secondary institutions who believe that all peoples are entitled to the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a more equitable world. Our mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training.

Canada's Civilian Reserve (CANADEM)
Established in 1996 with startup funding from the Government of Canada, CANADEM is a non-profit agency dedicated to advancing international peace and security through the recruitment, screening, promotion and rapid mobilization of Canadian expertise. CANADEM helps the United Nations agencies, international organizations, government agencies, consultancy firms and NGOs to identify experts for their projects and offices all over the world. CANADEM's roster is the only roster worldwide whose primary mandate is to assist UN recruitment.

Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI)
The mission of CECI is to combat poverty and exclusion. To this end, CECI builds the development capacities of disadvantaged communities. CECI supports peace building, human rights, and equity initiatives. CECI mobilize resources and promote exchanges of knowledge.

Agency for Volunteer Services (AVS)
AVS, founded in 1970, is a non profit organization mainly financed by funds from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, The Community Chest of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. With the vision to build a civil society and caring community, AVS is dedicated to playing a proactive and pivotal role in the promotion and development of volunteerism, and to develop partnership with all sectors of the community to provide value added and quality volunteer service.

Minesterio para la Inversión Extranjera y la Colaboración Económica (MINVEC)
*in Spanish only*
MINVEC es el organismo de la administración central del estado a cargo de la promoción de las inversiones foráneas en el país. El MINVEC también dirige y controla el proceso de negociaciones para constituir las diferentes formas de asociaciones económicas con participación extranjera.

Czech Republic
Czech UNV National Focal Point
Since 1995, Czech volunteers have been actively involved in UN development programmes and peace missions. More then 190 Czech volunteers in total have operated in developing countries and crises areas throughout the world so far. Around 20 volunteers are sent every year to Africa, Asia and the Balkans; 35 per cent of them are women.

Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke (MS) - ActionAid Denmark
MS ActionAid Denmark fights poverty by promoting the political empowerment of the world’s poor. MS supports long-term development work, education programmes and campaigns as well as exchange of experience and knowledge between people. MS is part of ActionAid International.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs concentrates on foreign and security policy, trade policy and development policy as well as on significant foreign policy issues and international relations in general. The Ministry also assists other branches of government in the coordination of international affairs.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of France is the chief foreign affairs ministry in the country.  The Ministry handles France's relations within the United Nations.


General Association of Retired Volunteers for Cooperation and Development (AGIRabcd)
AGIRabcdis a non-profit, non-governmental organization, including retired or pre-retired members. Apolitical and non-confessional, it has been recognized as an Association of Public Interest.

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
The aim of development cooperation is to give people the freedom to shape their own lives, by making their own decisions and taking responsibility for them, without suffering material hardship. With this aim in mind, the German government is seeking with its development policy to help make globalisation an opportunity for all. The sectors that German development cooperation will focus on in particular in the future will be education, health, rural development, good governance and sustainable economic development. The guiding principle in all efforts is the protection of human rights.

GIZ An innovative partner for the global challenges of tomorrow
The wide range of services offered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH are based on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and on tried and tested management know-how. They are a German federal enterprise and offer workable, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes.

Most of their work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). However, GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries and public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank. They are equally committed to helping their clients in the private sector attain their goals.

Facts and figures
GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide. Their registered offices are in Bonn and Eschborn. They have more than 17,000 staff members around the globe, some 70% of whom are employed locally as national personnel. GIZ’s business volume was about EUR 2 billion as at 31 December 2011.

Irish Aid
Irish Aid is the Government of Ireland’s programme of assistance to developing countries. Ireland’s development cooperation policy is an integral part of Ireland’s wider foreign policy. Our aid philosophy is rooted in our foreign policy, in particular its objectives of peace and justice. Our development cooperation policy and programme reflect our longstanding commitment to human rights and fairness in international relations and are inseparable from Irish foreign policy as a whole.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministero Affari Esteri)
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of Italy is the chief foreign affairs ministry in the country.  The Ministry handles Italy's relations within the United Nations.

Volontari nel mondo (FOCSIV)
*in Italian only*
FOCSIV è la Federazione di 64 organizzazioni non governative (Ong) cristiane di servizio internazionale volontario impegnate nella promozione di una cultura della mondialità e nella cooperazione con i popoli dei Sud del mondo, con l’obiettivo di contribuire alla lotta contro ogni forma di povertà e di esclusione, all’affermazione della dignità e dei diritti dell’uomo, alla crescita delle comunità e delle istituzioni locali.

Coordinamento delle Organizzazioni non governative per la cooperazione Internazionale allo Sviluppo (COCIS)
*in Italian only*
Il COCIS associa attualmente 25 organizzazioni non governative laiche e progressiste che operano in diversi settori della cooperazione allo sviluppo, condividendo un'etica basata sulla promozione dell'autosviluppo, la solidarietà tra i popoli e la centralità della persona. Il COCIS promuove la proposta politica delle ONG associate, rappresentando per esse il luogo di confronto, elaborazione, collaborazione e rappresentanza congiunta.

Seniores Italia - Partner per lo Sviluppo ONLUS
Seniores Italia - Partner per lo Sviluppo ONLUS is the leading Italian non-profit organization of voluntary senior experts. Their mission is to support short-term advisory services provided by senior volunteers in different areas of intervention such as agriculture, industrial design, manufacturing processes, banking, energy, infrastructures, social and health services, and urban requalification.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of Japan is the chief foreign affairs ministry in the country.  The Ministry handles Japan's relations within the United Nations.

Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV)
*in Japanese only*
JOCV was established in 1965 to provide official Japanese overseas assistance programmes abroad at a grassroots level. The JOCV Program is one of Japan International Cooperation Agency's (JICA's) principal activities as part of its international cooperation carried out on behalf of the Japanese government.

Korea,  Republic of
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the  Government of the Republic of Korea is in charge of diplomacy, external economic policy, overseas Korean nationals, international situation analysis and overseas promotional affairs.
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
KOICA was founded as a government agency on April 1, 1991, to maximize the effectiveness of Korea's grant aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government's grant aid and technical cooperation programs.

Ministere de la Cooperation et de l'Action Humanitaire
*in French only*

La coopération luxembourgeoise au développement se place résolument au service de l’éradication de la pauvreté, notamment dans les pays les moins avancés. Ses actions se conçoivent dans l’esprit du développement durable compris dans ses aspects sociaux, économiques et environnementaux - avec l’homme, la femme et l’enfant en son centre. Ces actions s’inscrivent prioritairement dans la mise en œuvre - d’ici 2015 - des objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement. Ainsi, les principaux secteurs d’intervention de la coopération relèvent du domaine social : la santé, l’éducation, y compris la formation et l’insertion professionnelles et le développement local intégré. Les initiatives pertinentes dans le domaine de la microfinance sont encouragées et appuyées, que ce soit au niveau conceptuel ou au niveau opérationnel. 

The Ministry of Labor
The Ministry of Labour in Myanmar aims to promote fair bour practices between employers and porkers and to actively participate in the ional development endeavours through rendering its services to both employers and workers.

New Zealand
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) 
VSA  is a home-grown Kiwi volunteering organisation and has placed more than 3,000 skilled New Zealanders on volunteer assignments overseas since 1962.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The essential task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to work for Norway’s interests internationally: to safeguard the country’s freedom, security and prosperity. The United Nations have always been a mainstay of Norway’s participation in the international community. Norway gives priority to the efforts to make the UN a strong and effective organization that serves as a cornerstone for an international legal order and a worldwide security system. An important issue for Norway is the progress of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.  Today, Norway is one of the five  largest voluntary contributors to the United Nations development efforts. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs handles Norway’s relations within the United Nations.


Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento (IPAD)
*in Potrugese only*
A política de Cooperação Portuguesa e de Ajuda Pública ao Desenvolvimento é coordenada, supervisionada e dirigida, desde Janeiro de 2003, pelo Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento, I.P. (IPAD). O IPAD, I.P. tem por missão propor e executar a política de cooperação portuguesa e coordenar as actividades de cooperação desenvolvidas por outras entidades públicas que participem na sua execução.

Oikos – cooperação e desenvolvimento
Founded in 1988 in Portugal, it is an internationally recognized non-profit, Non-Governmental Organisation working for development. It coordinates its actions with public and private entities that share its values and the objective to eradicate poverty and to develop sustainable solutions so that everyone can have a dignified life. Since 1992, it is recognized as an 'entity of public utility' by the Portuguese Government. In 2000 it was granted Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It has its headquarters in Portugal and delegations in Africa and Latin America. It works in the areas of humanitarian action, sustainable development and global citizenship.


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The two departments constitute the development co-operation branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. The Development Co-operation Department is responsible for planning development co-operation activity, while the practical implementation of the projects and their monitoring, as well as the volunteering programme, is the responsibility of the Department of Implementation of Development Programmes.


Slovak/UNDP Trust Fund
Five-year period of successful development cooperation partnership between the Government of the Slovak Republic and Bratislava Regional Centre of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resulted in 2008 in a new initiative focused on strengthening the Slovak ODA system, enhancing programming and monitoring capacities, sharing best practices and expertise of Slovak experts and enabling the Slovak ODA professionals to gain international development cooperation experience. This initiative also provides new opportunities for strengthening relationships between Slovakia as a new donor and its target recipient countries while using UNDP’s programmatic and administrative capacities.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to implement foreign policy and perform tasks stipulated by the Foreign Affairs Act (Ur. l. RS, No. 45/2001), as well as other regulations and acts.

Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID)
*in Spanish only*
La Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), es una Entidad de Derecho Público adscrita al Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación a través de la Secretaría de Estado de Cooperación Internacional (SECI). Es, como establece la Ley 23/1998, de 7 de julio, de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, el órgano de gestión de la política española de cooperación internacional para el desarrollo, y su objeto, según el Estatuto de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, es el fomento, la gestión y la ejecución de las políticas públicas de cooperación internacional para el desarrollo, dirigidas a la lucha contra la pobreza y la consecución de un desarrollo humano sostenible en los países en desarrollo, particularmente los recogidos en el Plan Director en vigor cada cuatro años.La lucha contra la pobreza es el objetivo final de la política española de cooperación internacional para el desarrollo. Esta, es parte de la acción exterior del Estado y está basada en una concepción interdependiente y solidaria de la sociedad internacional. La Declaración del Milenio y los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio  (ODM) configuran una agenda y metodología común en la lucha contra la pobreza, por lo que son el principal referente de la política española de cooperación internacional.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)
SIDA works according to directives of the Swedish Parliament and Government to reduce poverty in the world. The overall goal of Swedish development cooperation is to contribute to making it possible for poor people to improve their living conditions.

Forum Syd
*in Swedish only*
Forum Syd works to reduce poverty by challenging oppression and discrimination. To achieve this, it collaborates with 200 Swedish member organisations and thousands of organisations and networks worldwide. It strives to strengthen civil society via development cooperation, advocacy and forming of opinion, as well as skills and methods development. It has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Its main office is in Stockholm.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
SDC is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.

Centre for Information, Advice and Training (cinfo)
cinfo is the Centre for Information, Counselling and Training for Professions Relating to International Cooperation (IC). cinfo was established as a foundation in 1990 by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). cinfo supports SDC in its mandate to inform the Swiss public about professional opportunities in IC.

Swiss Political Affairs Division
Political Affairs Division IV, Human Security: Peace, Human Rights, Humanitarian Policy, Migration is responsible for implementing measures to promote peace and strengthen human rights in the world. The concept of human security focuses on the safety of individual human beings and protecting people against political violence, war and acts of arbitrary violence. It is based on the recognition that peace policy, human rights policy and humanitarian policy are closely interlinked.

Turkish International Co-operation Agency (TIKA)
TIKA is the Turkish Government’s Development Cooperation Agency.  TIKA has coordination offices in 20 countries and operates in many countries across Africa, Asia and Europe, delivering development assistance to partner countries through its projects and activities.

Volunteer Service Organisation (VSO)
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, nearly 200,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

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