Webinar Invitation: Decolonizing & Repositioning Volunteering for Development in Africa (IAVE)

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Volunteering in Africa is faced with diverse challenges that underpins its development and ownership of national volunteering initiatives, with little or no relevance of traditional or indigenous volunteering. The lack of expertise, evidence to attract investments, funding, and government recognition and support towards national volunteer engagement have set back the growth of traditional volunteering in Africa. On the other hand, the contribution of international volunteer organizations has been very visible and valued by the government. Unfortunately, this has ultimately undermined the growth of indigenous volunteering due to lack of collaboration and integration of traditional and international volunteering. 

The international aid and development sector is being increasingly challenged to decolonize. Research indicates that localization of development decision-making and delivery has been a long-standing response to shifting power within the sector, yet the rhetoric of decolonization and localization does not always translate to changes in power and practice. These same concerns are also felt within the ‘volunteering for development’ community. In this webinar, we will explore what the Global North can do to center Southern expertise and re-imagine the connection between volunteering and development to deliver transformational change. 


IAVE webinars are offered to the global volunteering community, free of charge.

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About IAVE: https://www.iave.org/strategic-plan/

Position: Co -Founder of ENGAGE,a new social venture for the promotion of volunteerism and service and Ideator of Sharing4Good

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