Let’s Talk Volunteering: Exploring Future Issues and Trends

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Let’s Talk Volunteering: Exploring Future Issues and Trends

January 25, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 10:00am EST (GMT-5)

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This webinar will enhance understanding of global trends in volunteering by bringing together some key global research that has been published in 2021, including IAVE’s ‘Leadership for Volunteering: the COVID-19 Experience; Forum’s COVID-19 and the Future of Volunteering for Development; and UNV’s State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2022: Building Equal and Inclusive Societies. Showcasing the findings within these strategic reports and considering the issues they jointly highlight and what this means for the future of volunteering. IAVE is delivering this webinar in partnership with Forum (International Forum for Volunteering in Development); UNV (the United Nations Volunteers Programme) and VGA (Volunteer Groups Alliance); global organizations and networks with a focus on supporting and developing volunteering.


Benjamin J. Lough
Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Lough is Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a prolific author and researcher, including 25 peer-reviewed journals on international volunteering and service learning and more than 25 manuscripts as monographs, reports or book chapters on the subject. He was lead author of the 2018 SWVR. As part of this effort, he is currently leading a research team of 24 researchers to assess how volunteerism effects the resilience of communities in 15 countries affected by humanitarian disasters, violent conflict, mass migration and refugee resettlement. Dr. Lough has been awarded more than a dozen research grants from foundations, research centers, international network bodies, and intergovernmental organizations to study the impacts of voluntary action in low-income communities, as well as the impacts of global service learning (GSL) in institutions of higher education.

Helene Perold
Director, Helene Perold & Associates
Helene Perold is the Director of Helene Perold & Associates, an organization based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 1993 she has developed extensive research and evaluation experience in South Africa, Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, USA, and Zimbabwe. She was the founder and Executive Director of VOSESA, a non-profit research organization that worked from 2003-2013 to build an evidence base in the field of volunteering and civic service in Southern Africa.

Jane Muthumbi
Policy Specialist, Research & Evidence, United Nations Volunteers
Jane Muthumbi is a policy specialist (research and evidence) for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and was involved in coordinating and managing the research for the 2022 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report. She holds a Ph.D. in political science and has interests in socio-economic policy research and analysis.

Alice Chadwick El-Ali
Senior Research & Policy Officer, UK Collaborative on Development Research
Dr. Alice Chadwick El-Ali recently completed her doctorate at the University of Bath. Her research explored the role of volunteering within development projects in Sierra Leone and how this interacts with employment and citizenship. At a broader level she is interested in volunteering as a response to crisis, the connection between volunteering and development in policy and practice, and the role of volunteerism within the SDGs. Alice has previously carried out research for organisations including IAVE, VSO, and Restless Development. She is currently working for the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR), looking at enablers of effective and impactful research.


Nichole Cirillo
Executive Director, International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
Nichole joined IAVE as the Executive Director in October 2019. Nichole has significant executive experience across environmental and social justice sectors and has led the engagement of a large network of global volunteers.  Her roles have included Mission Director/Head of PR at Stonyfield Organics, International Director of Learning at Earthwatch, Senior Manager, Outreach and Mobilization at Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Executive Director at Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Common. At Earthwatch Nichole led the implementation of a citizen-science volunteering program related to fresh water across 36 cities globally, developed and managed a sustainability leadership volunteering program that built a climate leadership network of 1400 finance executives across five continents. Nichole’s role at UUSC saw her lead the design and implementation of a capacity building strategy for global social justice grantees, and train and mobilise volunteers for disaster relief in Africa and Haiti.

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January 25, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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