IVCO 2010

The annual International Volunteer Co-operation Organisations (IVCO) conference saw heads of global volunteer-sending agencies gather to discuss international volunteerism and community development. The 2010 conference, was held for the first time in Singapore, with the focus on Asia. It is presented jointly by the International FORUM on Development Service (FORUM) and the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). International industry practitioners and thought leaders presented their experiences and learning, highlighting innovative ideas and good practices in each area of international volunteerism (IV) and development. For the first time, new research findings were introduced on strategic perspectives and good practices in IV from Asia.

FORUM Research Paper: Dr Margaret Sherradan

FORUM Research Paper - Emerging trends in China
"Rising Asia and Implications for the Development Agenda"

- Some governmental organisations are piloting IVS projects with Western-based organisations

- Increased contact and consider developing a regulatory framework

- Relatively low capacity for volunteer management from local host organisations

- Lack of information and coordination among IVS sending organisations

- Changes in regulations in specialised fields can also affect the types of volunteers sent to China


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