Volunteering for Social change

Volunteers as Actors and Activists in Protecting Civil Society

About the Series

In this 4-part webinar series, we will explore the role of volunteers in social activism and the various ways they contribute to a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable society. The sessions will have a particular focus on the role of volunteers in dealing with the impact of and supporting the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each session will feature an overview on the topic and will highlight examples from practitioners on the field. The sessions will also include panel discussions and interactive Q&A.

Volunteerism and Social Activism

Recorded February 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST

In this session, we revisit the 2007/2008 paper Volunteerism and Social Activism: Pathways for participation in human development, co-produced by UNV, IAVE and CIVICUS. The paper still remains highly relevant as we consider volunteers as activists for social change – the formal and informal ways volunteers serve as activists for change has become ever more blurred during the pandemic. This webinar sets the scene for the series, picking up on the relationship between volunteering and activism. The session showcases how this relationship is important in today’s context and how it has been evidenced in dealing with the current pandemic. It includes a critique of the paper by an academic and three case studies that showcase volunteers as social activists.

About the Presenters

Chris Millora (Philippines)
Doctoral Researcher, UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy & Learning for Social Transformation, University of East Anglia

Samuel Omoll (Kenya)
Founder & CEO, Mng’aro Mtaani

Wolfgang Krell (Germany)
Executive Director, Volunteer Center Augsburg, IAVE Board Member

Hakan Karaman (Turkey)
Co-Founder, IFAA – Initiative for Refugees

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Chris Millora
Doctoral Researcher, UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy & Learning for Social Transformation, University of East Anglia

Originally from the Philippines, Chris Millora is currently finishing his PhD with the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation, University of East Anglia (UK). His doctoral research is an 11-month ethnography of the learning dimension of local volunteering by ‘vulnerable’ youths and adults in an HIV/AIDS awareness group and informal settlers’ movement in the Philippines. Chris recently worked with UN Volunteers developing a volunteer typology for the 21stcentury in preparation for the Global Technical Meeting 2020 on Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda. Chris holds an MA in Lifelong Learning Policy and Management from UCL Institute of Education in London.

Samuel Omoll
Founder & CEO, Mng’aro Mtaani

Experience is the best teacher. Being born to materially poor parents, and having been bred in a poverty-stricken neighborhood, ignited Samuel’s passion for helping the less fortunate in society. He founded and registered Mng’aro Mtaani, a Kenyan community-based organization (CBO), with the overarching purpose of partnering with well-wishers and volunteers to improve vulnerable community members’ lives and livelihoods. Previously, Samuel volunteered in several community projects fostering social, economic, and environmental agendas. He has also worked with various teams to sensitize and support communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Samuel holds a diploma in mass communication and was the recipient of the Community-based Organization of the Year in 2018 and the Covid-19 Response Award during pandemic. He also received recognition as Star Person of the Year in. 2020 and has been recognized by Facebook as a Community Leader.

Wolfgang Krell
Executive Director, Volunteer Center Augsburg, IAVE Board Member

As the Executive Director of the Augsburg Volunteer Center since its beginning in 1997, Wolfgang has had the opportunity to promote, support and develop volunteering at the local, regional and national level in Germany – as co-founder of the Augsburger Tafel food bank and as co-founder of the Augsburg Community Foundation, and as treasurer for Bagfa, the German association of volunteer centers. At the European level he was co-founder and president of the European Forum for Applied Criminal Politics since 2007 with focus on volunteering in prisons and has implemented European-funded projects, working on cross-border partnerships in tune with innovative developments around volunteering and collaboration with the European Volunteer Center.

Hakan Karaman
Co-Founder, IFAA – Initiative for Refugees

Hakan Karaman, a native of Turkey, was a chemistry teacher who taught in Turkey, Kasachstan, Nigeria and Ghana and eventually became a director of his school. He also holds a Master’s degree in Management. He asked for asylum in Germany because of the political situation in Turkey and was granted asylum as a refugee. He is now in training to be a railway engine driver as his degree as a teacher is not accepted in Germany. He volunteers at the Volunteer Center Augsburg in different integration projects. With a few of his friends, he co-founded an association called ‘IFFA-Initiative for Refugees, which aims to support refugees in the Augsburg region of Bavaria, Germany.

Volunteers as Key Actors within Civil Society Dealing with the Impact of COVID-19

Recorded March 9, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST (GMT-5)

All around the world, civil society and volunteers took the lead in responding to pandemic. This session highlights the quick response of volunteers to address the devastating impact of COVID-19, particularly some of what might be considered the ‘invisible’ impact of the pandemic such as increased vulnerability of individuals.

About the Presenters

 Ahmad El-Zubi (Jordan)
Founding CEO, Naua

Emma Thomas-Hancock (UK)
Director for Volunteering Delivery, Volunteering Matters

Wendy Osborne (UK)
Senior Consultant, IAVE

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Ahmad El-Zubi
Founding CEO, Naua

Ahmad is the Founding CEO of Naua (2016), a not for profit social impact platform that aims to promote a culture of giving and philanthropy (Naua.org) and volunteering (Nahno.org) by connecting civil society actors within a common framework for measuring impact. Previously, Ahmad served as the Director of Research and Policy at the Jordan Investment Commission (2010 – 2016) and was a part-time lecturer at the Business School of the University of Jordan (2009). Before that he was a Program Support Officer at Hydro One Networks, Canada (2007). Ahmad is also a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community in Amman (2011 – 2016) and was the first elected curator. Ahmad has an MBA (2009), BSc in Math (2006) and BA in Economics (2006) from McMaster University, Canada.

Emma Thomas-Hancock
Director for Volunteering Delivery, Volunteering Matters

Emma joined Volunteering Matters in 2000 and specialized in engaging with and supporting young volunteers. In 2002 she moved to Volunteering Matters consultancy team, providing 1:1 consultancy delivering training in Volunteer Management to external organisations. Now, she is the Director of Delivery, as part of the charities executive team Emma is operational lead for the 80 plus projects and programmes that Volunteering Matters runs across the UK. She is also a trustee of a charity based in Brighton as well as being a Voluntary Sector Community Mentor and the Welfare Secretary for a community football club.

Wendy Osborne
Senior Consultant, IAVE

Wendy Osborne retired as Chief Executive of Volunteer Now in Northern Ireland in 2017. She has over 35 years experience of working in the field of volunteer support and development. She has provided leadership locally and nationally and has experience of influencing and developing national policies for volunteering at a Northern Ireland and UK level. She has recently been working as a senior consultant to IAVE on a range of projects including their global convenings, research and development work with national leadership for volunteering organizations.

Volunteers Taking Action to Support the Recovery of COVID-19

Recorded April 12, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

This session explores the role of volunteers in the pandemic recovery efforts. We look at examples of how volunteers are helping communities build resilience during this unprecedented time which has resulted in a wide array of economic, social and health issues. The webinar also highlights the important role that volunteers will play in the vaccination rollout efforts, working in partnership with government and healthcare providers to inoculate members our communities.

About the Presenters

Matt Clausen (USA)
Vice Chair & North America Regional Representative, Board of Directors, IAVE

Denise Hayward (UK)
Chief Executive, Volunteer Now 

Gloria Arlini (Singapore)
Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

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Matt Clausen
Vice Chair & North America Regional Representative, Board of Directors, IAVE

Matt Clausen is Vice Chair and North America Regional Representative to the IAVE Board of Directors. He is also the Senior Advisor to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, an initiative to support dynamic higher education partnerships, increased student training and exchange opportunities, and strengthened regional education cooperation and competitiveness throughout the Americas. In his role, he provides senior-level support to the fundraising, strategic positioning, messaging, and program visibility strategies.

Previously, Matt spent fifteen years in the senior leadership of Partners of the Americas, a non-profit organization that brings together people, governments, and local organizations to address challenges in the hemisphere, including building resilient civil societies and by promoting citizen engagement and transparency. He also completed a three-year tenure as President of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), fighting for human rights in Latin America and at the U.S. border. Matt was part of the Brookings Initiative on International Volunteering and Service, working with global and cross-border volunteering advocates to form the Building Bridges Coalition (BBC), and then to serve as its chair. He also led President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.

Denise Hayward
Chief Executive, Volunteer Now

Denise Hayward has been Chief Executive with Volunteer Now since August 2017 and prior to that Director of Engagement since 2010. She has extensive experience in public and organisational volunteering policy development, local volunteering infrastructure engagement, volunteering research, supporting good practice in volunteering, young people and volunteering, older people volunteering and events volunteering. She has knowledge of, and expertise in, working with volunteers and volunteering issues gained over many years working in the voluntary and community sector. Denise is an active volunteer for Armagh Talking Newspaper and Tearfund.

Gloria Arlini
Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy, National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)

Gloria Arlini has over 12 years of experience traversing the public, private and people sector across Singapore and Indonesia. Growing up amidst multiple cultures, she holds an innate curiosity of people and the communities they live in. She is trained as a sociologist and is passionate about using stories and lived experiences to create common grounds for understanding. She is currently the Deputy Director, Strategy and Policy at Singapore’s National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC). In this role she heads up Colabs—an initiative to bring multiple stakeholders to develop community-based collaborative approach to address today’s complex social issues.

Volunteering for Social Change: The Importance of Partnership

Recorded May 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT (GMT-4)

In this session we explore the role of government, civil society, and the corporate sector in supporting and developing volunteerism. The panel members showcase some effective examples of working partnerships and consider some strategic questions: During the pandemic did we see examples of creative and effective partnerships and will this impact volunteering as we move into the next decade? How can we enhance partnerships to support volunteering in helping to address the 2030 Agenda and deliver the Sustainable Development Goals?

About the Presenters

Aimal Feroz Zalland (Afghanistan)
Country Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers

Alexandra Infante Perales (Peru)
Executive Director, Perú Voluntario
CEO, IKIGAI Social Lab

 

Cynthia Onyango (Kenya)
Regional Technical Advisor, Civil Society, Aga Khan Foundation East Africa

Carlos Palacios (Spain)
Lead, Global Volunteer Program, Telefonica Foundation

Nichole Cirillo (United States)
Executive Director, IAVE

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Aimal Feroz Zalland
Country Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers

Aimal Feroz Zalland has worked with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Program since 2018. His practical professional work experience includes leading roles in Program & Project Management, Democratic Governance, Public Policy, Capacity Building, Coordination and Partnership Development. Before joining UNV, he worked for both United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Aimal has worked as Country Coordinator with UNV Afghanistan (2018 – till date) where he along with the team mobilized 200 + UN Volunteers and established and fostered partnership with UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, UNRCO, UNFPA, UNODC, UNOCHA, UNMAS, and the World Bank. He has also assisted in supporting the first ever draft  of Volunteerism Policy in Afghanistan and ensuring volunteerism integration in the country’s A-SDGs document.
 

Alexandra Infante Perales
Executive Director, Perú Voluntario and CEO, IKIGAI Social Lab

Alexandra is an economist, life coach and meditation teacher with more than 14 years of experience in designing and implementing volunteering programs within the corporate sector, government, academia and civil society. In 2007, Alexandra cofounded UNIVAS, the volunteering program of the University of Piura. In 2012, Alexandra cofounded Educa.Impacta.Crece, a non-profit organization focused on socio emotional learning for children in Peru. In 2015, Alexandra led Banco de Crédito del Perú’s corporate volunteering program, focused on education and with the participation of +2,000 volunteers. In 2017, Alexandra cofounded IKIGAI Laboratorio Social, a social lab focused on designing high-impact social programs. Also in 2017, Alexandra worked with the Peruvian government on the design of the national volunteering program. In 2020, Alexandra cofounded Perú Voluntario, the first formal national volunteering network in the country, whose goal is to promote and integrate volunteering through the already existing platforms and networks. It seeks to unite and promote volunteering in Perú with fairness, providing training and creating opportunities.

Cynthia Onyango
Regional Technical Advisor, Civil Society, Aga Khan Foundation East Africa

Cynthia Onyango is the Aga Khan Foundation East Africa, Regional Technical Advisor, Civil Society, based in Nairobi. She provides technical oversight on all civil society programming and has been with AKF for over one year. She has over 10 years of experience successfully designing, implementing and measuring civil society initiatives in Kenya, Uganda, Somali and Ethiopia with both international and local organizations. Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the Moi University and currently finalizing her Master’s degree Health economics and policy.

Carlos Palacios
Lead, Global Volunteer Program, Telefonica Foundation

Carlos has a Degree in Economic and Business sciences at the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. He has developed his career for more than 20 years in the field of Human Resources, highly focused on Training and skills development projects, as well as Leadership and Change Management, always linked to professionals giving their maximum potential, working in high performance and in the best working environments. Part of his career has been developed at the world of Human Resources consulting, focused in the area of Strategy and Executive development, he joined in 2015 to Telefónica Group, working on strategic projects of Human Resources and engagement projects for employees. In 2019 he assumed the leadership of the Corporate Volunteer Program, which is the maximum expression of commitment and connection of employees with society and an expression of Group Telefónica Values. The Volunteer Program is one of the most important in the world with more than 56,000 employees involved in it.

Nichole Cirillo
Executive Director, 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 mobilize volunteers for disaster relief in Africa and Haiti.