Summative evaluation for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme (2004-2012)

The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.  UNV supports partner organisations and governments to mobilize volunteers domestically through national volunteer schemes, volunteer centres and networks.

What was CIDT’s role?

CIDT provided a team of multi-lingual team of consultants to conduct the summative evaluation of UNV’s contribution to these “volunteer Infrastructures” during the period 2004 to 2012.

CIDT conducted institutional mapping to identify and classify relevant programmes for evaluation.  The six person team conducted 8 country missions to Liberia, Cape Verde, Burkino Faso, Togo, Vietnam, Nepal, Peru and Nicaragua to look at a diverse range of UNV interventions past and present.  The wider scope of the evaluation included 22 projects across 19 countries, 2 regional programmes, review of nearly 300 documents and interviews with over 300 stakeholders.    

The findings of the evaluation informed the direction of the UNV 2015-20 Strategic Framework and ensuing interventions.  

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“While there is no common model of volunteering that works in every country, there are common elements that can work together to strengthen volunteerism as a strategic resource for development. These actions, taken together, form the backbone for the development of an effective volunteer infrastructure.”

Guidance Note on Volunteer Infrastructure, UNV, 2004.

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