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Supporting volunteerism for development in Viet Nam
Ha Noi, 08/11/2013
Takahiro Ogawa


UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus attended the signature ceremony for Phase II of “Strengthening Capacity of ond Resource Center” project in Ha Noi on November 5th, 2013. UNV will fund USD92,000 for the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to implement programs and volunteering activities through the Viet Nam Volunteer Information and Resource Center from 2013-2015.




Based on previous successes
Phase II of the project originates from the previous project Strengthening Capacity of Viet Nam for Volunteerism for Development. The project focused on the promotion of volunteerism mainly through the establishment of the Viet Nam Volunteer Information and Resource Center (VVIRC). It was supported by UNV and implemented by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) from 2009 to 2012.

The major outputs of the project included the well-established and functioning VVIRC within HCYU as well as the availability and accessibility of information about volunteerism. Apart from the main function of providing national and international news about volunteerism and information on volunteer opportunities, the website has so far attracted the registration of about 210 organizations and more than a thousand potential volunteers. More than 500 national and international volunteer opportunities were published on the website and an average of 1,000 visitors access the site on a daily basis.

Strengthening the achievements
Phase II of “Strengthening Capacity of Viet Nam Volunteer Information and Resource Center” aims to capitalize on the achievements made during Phase I of the project. Phase II of the project will ensure the sustainability of information and communication activities of the VVIRC by focusing on capacity development of VVIRC staff, the further development of information and communication infrastructure which will allow for a more effective matching of VIO needs and volunteer skills and interests and strengthening of relationships between national and international partners. The project will also provide two national UN Volunteers working in IT and Communications. In addition to their role in supporting the website and providing information about global volunteerism for development, the UN Volunteers will also be responsible for capacity building by setting up a formal, year-long training program for selected members of the organization.



During the Ceremony

UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus also asked the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union to provide information on the status of volunteerism in Viet Nam in order to contribute to an improved knowledge base on the impact of volunteerism in development. The HCYU announced that 2014 will be the Viet Nam volunteer year and UNV committed to make an extra effort to support the HCYU to raise awareness of this momentous event. Richard Dictus also encouraged the VVIRC, HYCU to expand their networks into other ASEAN countries.
 
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