For the first time, WUSC co-organized the International Volunteering Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) conference, October 19-22 in Lima on behalf of Forum, the International Forum for Volunteering and Development.
The global conference brought together leaders and heads of organizations from around the world to discuss key volunteering and international development issues. WUSC along with longtime partner CECI (the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation) and Forum, originator of the annual IVCO conference, hosted the four day event under the theme of Volunteering in a Convergent World: Fostering Cross-Sector Collaborations Towards Sustainable Development Solutions.
Collaboration amongst public, private, academic and civil society sectors is increasingly shaping the post-2015 agenda. The conference explored how international volunteering is part of this convergence trend towards international development. WUSC’s expertise in this area is in large part due to the success of the Uniterra volunteer program. Canadian volunteers play a vital role in reaching development goals pre- and post-2015. Conferences such as IVCO will inform WUSC and other like-minded organizations on how to effectively and successfully shape our volunteer sending programs so that Canadian volunteers can continue to engage constructively on development initiatives.
During IVCO, WUSC Executive Director Chris Eaton was named the new Chair, Board of Directors for the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum). Outgoing Chair Nita Kapoor, Director of FK Norway, made the announcement near the end of the conference. Congratulations to Mr. Eaton!
Find out more about IVCO: ivco.wusc.ca