Delivering community-owned water and sanitation solutions in Eritrea with UNICEF

22 March 2019
In Eritrea, arid and semi-arid conditions and persistent drought present challenges in providing appropriate and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. This is particularly true for vulnerable communities and groups, such as female-headed households. UN Volunteer Bipin Jha (Nepal) is a WASH Officer with UNICEF working on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. He shares how he contributes through his assignment to enhancing the lives of children and women in the country.

UNV Executive Coordinator discusses partnership opportunities with President of Zanzibar

With a population of over 50 million people and borders with eight different countries – it’s safe to say the United Republic of Tanzania is an important player in the East African region.

The United Nations plays a significant role in Tanzania, with 23 UN agencies working closely with the government to implement development and humanitarian activities – including the hosting of over 300,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi.

Curating a sustainable educational structure using ICT strategies in schools across the African Union

18 March 2019
Marcela Krejci (Czech Republic) supported the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Ethiopia as a UN Youth Volunteer specializing in education from 2017-2018. Contributing her previous experience and knowledge in school management, Marcela helped UNESCO's International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA) develop educational solutions based on ICT strategies from the grassroots level. Here, she shares reflections on her volunteering experience contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 4, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Responding to the needs of refugees in the West Bank, State of Palestine

14 March 2019
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has provided relief works and programmes for over 60 years. UNRWA currently assists more than five million registered refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, as well as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, State of Palestine. UNRWA provides essential services such as education, health care, relief and social services, refugee camp infrastructure and improvement, micro-finance and emergency assistance. Takuma Haga (Japan) served as a UN Volunteer Associate Programme Support Officer with UNRWA under the Human Resource Development Programme for Peacebuilding and Development, responding to the needs of Palestine refugees in the West Bank.

Volunteer with UNAMA collaborates with Afghan youth aspiring to uplift their country

12 March 2019
The United Nations Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is a political UN mission working on laying down the foundations for sustainable peace and development, working with the government and people of the country. UNAMA personnel include UN Volunteers, and during 2018, 77 UN Volunteers supported the mission. One of these is Trishna Bantawa (Nepal), who serves as a UN Volunteer Field Coordination Officer with the mission. Trishna shares her experience as a woman in peacekeeping in Afghanistan.

The role of gender in volunteerism for community resilience

Around the world, people volunteer in different ways to achieve diverse impacts, both planned and unplanned. Most volunteering takes place through informal engagement between individuals, with only an estimated 30 per cent of volunteering taking place formally, through organizations. Much of this volunteerism – both informal and formal – takes place at the community level.

Volunteer women who harvest peace in Colombia

07 March 2019
As part of the peace process in Colombia, women volunteers guide former FARC-EP members in their productive initiatives and execution of their projects from the agricultural sector. The incorporation of volunteering in the work of the Mission has allowed many people to be protagonists of such a historic peace process. Women have been key in the implementation of the agreement, even in areas traditionally dominated by men, such as agriculture.

Volunteering for peace as a database and software engineer in the Democratic Republic of Congo

08 March 2019
Shahin Praveen is a UN Volunteer based in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She enhances the capacity of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democractic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) through her extensive skills and experience as a software and database engineer. Prior to being selected by MONUSCO, Shahin was working as a database administrator in Delhi, India. Shahin reflects on her time in the DRC and her dream for peace and prosperity.

UNV committed to increasing participation of women volunteers in development

06 March 2019
For the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in West and Central Africa, promoting women’s empowerment is a priority in 2019. Of the 1,959 UN Volunteers currently working with 32 UN agencies in the region, only 590 (36 per cent) are women. The UNV Regional Office in Dakar covers 24 African countries and has set itself the goal of increasing the number of women who serve as UN Volunteers in areas such as project management, public health, legal work, engineering, peace building, protection and resettlement, but even more so in technical profiles like fleet management and supply chains.

Developing crocodile farms with and for indigenous peoples – a retrospective from 1978

01 March 2019
UNV was established in 1970 and deployed the first volunteers one year later. An international UN Volunteer of the first hour, Jerome Montague (USA), takes us back on a journey that started in 1978 in Papua New Guinea and shares insights on how volunteerism influenced his career in the years to come. Already in those days, UNV deployed its volunteers amongst communities. For Jerome Montague that did not only mean to be in the field, it literally meant to be in the swamps: Jerome served with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) as a Wildlife Officer in Lake Murray, providing assistance to the crocodile skin industry at the Baboa crocodile station.