Volunteerism and Capacity Development

In the context of current debates on the future of technical cooperation for capacity development, this paper sets out the important existing and potential roles of volunteers in capacity development. There is considerable benefit to be gained from the multiplier effect of engaging and supporting volunteering at all levels in development in general, and capacity development in particular. The paper does, however, argue that further steps should be taken to ensure that the contributions of volunteers are more explicitly factored into capacity development programmes. Suggestions are provided on ways this can be done through local and national civil society organizations, governments at different levels and other volunteer involving organizations.

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