Executive Summary, Forum Discussion Paper 2013 Measuring and Conveying the Added Value of International Volunteering

This is the executive summary of the thirteenth in a series of discussion papers produced by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (‘Forum’), which follows on from our research work on trends in international volunteering and co-operation in recent years. One of the key areas identified for the IVCO conference in 2013 is the issue of International Volunteer and Co-operation Organisations (IVCOs) being able to effectively convey the value of international volunteering, This paper aims to; look beyond traditional technical development approaches; discuss how stakeholders may more effectively measure and convey the intrinsic value of international volunteering; and identify some challenges and learnings for the future. The views expressed in this paper are not necessarily those of Forum or its members or of the organisations for which the authors work.

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