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CIVICUS launches State of Civil Society Report 2014 with UNV contribution
06 June 2014
In Astana, Kazakhstan, UN Youth Volunteer for Community Development Han Na Kim (left, Republic of Korea) and Aizada Arystanbek (middle), a national Student volunteer, support the MY World offline roll-out on International Youth Day by helping members of the public fill in the MyWorld survey.  (Ji Hyun Yang/UNV Kazakhstan, 2013)
CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society leaders which advocates for citizen participation, recentlly launched its State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance.  A UNV paper on Volunteerism, civic engagement and the post-2015 agenda was among more than 30 contributions to the report from the world’s leading experts on civil society as well as inputs from CIVICUS members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance. Read
Reflecting on 250 UN Volunteers helping peaceful development in Liberia
03 June 2014
Aktar Uddin, UNV Advocacy Officer, from Bangladesh, is among 250 UN Volunteers assigned in various capacities to help sustain peace and return capacity to Liberia after years of civil war. Photo: UNMIL 2014
Monrovia, Liberia: UN Volunteer Aktar Uddin, from Bangladesh, a UNV Advocacy Officer with UNMIL reflects on his experiences in Liberia where he is among 250 UN Volunteers helping sustain peace and return capacity to the country after years of conflict.  Read
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Countries:  Bangladesh  Liberia
Working towards peace and democracy
29 May 2014
On United Nations Day, UN Volunteer Chantal Raharimalala, from Madagascar, presents her work as UNV Civil Affairs Officer. (UNV, 2014)
Toulepleu, Côte d'Ivoire: Chantal Raharimalala is from Madagascar. Since July 2012, she is working in Toulepleu, not far from the border between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. It’s her fourth posting as a UN Volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire, where she has been serving since 2007. Her career, which has evolved in parallel to the country’s political situation, is a perfect example of the multiple facets and responsibilities of UN Volunteers who work for peacebuilding and democracy. Read
A South Sudan business women's association helps empower its members, keep girls in school and build peace
14 March 2014
Solomon Ayiko (Canada), UNV Recovery, Reintegration & Peace Building Officer with UNMISS, conducts one of 13 sessions on Business Management and Bookkeeping, he held for members of Women Vision, an association he set up for business women in Koch County, South Sudan.  Photo: Samuel Emmanuel, Department of Education, South Sudan. 2013
Koch County, South Sudan: Solomon Ayiko (Canada), a UNV Recovery, Reintegration and Peace Building Officer with UNMISS, established Women Vision, an association for business women in Koch County, South Sudan to help the women find mutual support, pool their resources and expertise, gain training and new skills and ultimately improve their livelihoods and standing in the community. The association also participated in a campaign to educate girls and return to school young girls who had dropped out due to early pregnancy, early marriage and heavy domestic workloads.   Read
Strengthening community action and volunteerism
20 February 2014
UNV Community Volunteer Coordinator Maksuda Muhsinbaeva (centre) during a joint volunteer training event with the Uzbekistan Red Crescent in Namangan, Uzbekistan. (UNDP Europe and Central Asia, 2013)
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Maksuda Muhsinbaeva is serving as a UNV Community Volunteer Coordinator in Namangan. The project she is part of, Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan, aims to create an environment that is more supportive of youth volunteerism and civic engagement. It’s satisfying but challenging work. In addition to representing the project at a local level, a Community Volunteer Coordinator’s responsibilities include many other elements, such as training volunteer leaders and civil society organizations, facilitating local volunteer initiatives, or partnering with local administrations and stakeholders to promote community development. Read
Countries:  Uzbekistan

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