How Forum Is Supporting Its Members in Responding to COVID-19 – Updated May 2020

Forum members have been affected by COVID-19 in a variety of ways. In recent weeks, many have had to make difficult decisions about the future of programmes, and many have gone through a challenging process of repatriating international volunteers.

Members are also considering the longer-term implications of COVID-19 for their organisations, and for volunteering for development as a model of development cooperation.

Forum responded at the beginning of March by convening a conference call for our members and launching an online space on the Forum Hive for members to exchange information and advice on their responses.

We are now hosting monthly conference calls at the Heads of Agency level to provide a space for our members to exchange information on how they have been impacted by COVID-19, and how they are responding.

Beginning on 20 May, we are launching a series of webinars to help share information on a range of topics related to COVID-19 response. The first of these will look at remote volunteering, followed by webinars on local volunteering, and on the safety and security of volunteers in the context of COVID-19.

Forum produced an article on on how the volunteering for development sector has been impacted by COVID-19, how we are adapting, and the centrality of volunteers to COVID response and post-COVID recovery. You can read the article in Devex here.

Collaboration between organisations is more important than ever, and Forum is committed to creating spaces for the exchange of information and facilitating conversations on the decisions that face us as a sector.

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