About Forum

The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) is the most significant global network of International Volunteer Co-operation Organizations (IVCO). Forum exists to share information, develop good practice and enhance co-operation across the international volunteering and development sectors. It promotes the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices. Forum is a “virtual” network, with a global membership that includes a range of organizations involved in international development, including non-government and state organizations.

What does Forum do?

  • Information sharing: Forum’s website contains a credible body of research and good practice in international volunteering for development including: conference reports, research papers, relevant links and contact details.
  • Research: Forum regularly commissions and shares research on issues related to international volunteering that is relevant to its members and in the wider development discourse.
  • Networking: Forum hosts an annual IVCO conference, usually in partnership with one of Forum’s member organisations. Delegates from a range of agencies across the world participate in the conference, and the meeting provides an opportunity for senior staff of international volunteering agencies to network and discuss key issues in volunteering and development.
  • Promoting: the value and role of international volunteering for development to be recognised and included in national and international development policy.

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