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Volunteering development

What is volunteering development
The management of volunteers is an essential issue for National Societies and it is increasingly being included in strategic plans, a recognition of the fact that it is seen as an important area. Nevertheless, more needs to be done to improve and establish good volunteer management systems.

Volunteering development has two perspectives:

  • Inside National Societies:
    To ensure that it is volunteer friendly and uses a sound volunteer management system
  • Outside National Societies:
    To ensure that the environment which it operates in is volunteering enabling.

Volunteering development takes time and requires commitment

For a National Society, a volunteering development effort is a long term investment and commitment. It begins with analyzing the current state of how it manages and supports its volunteers. Taking the analysis into a process to put in place, improve or change the practice of volunteer management.

It is about looking into all organizational levels as well as the current practice of the various programmes and activities run by the society. It is also vital to advocate for volunteering enabling environments through heightening awareness on the importance of Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are at the heart of effective humanitarian assistance for millions of vulnerable people.

Volunteers are our strength. They are what defines us and what makes us a unique humanitarian force in the world. As a federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, one of our focuses is on supporting our volunteers and giving them the tools and resources they need to meet the high demands and expectations that we — and our supporters — place on them.

Access more resources on volunteering development

You can find more information and resources on volunteering development on our global extranet, FedNet. This is a tool for volunteers and staff of all National Societies, International Federation and ICRC. It contains many relevant resources, such as news, publications, and training resources. If you do not already have a FedNet account, you can get one easily by filling and sending the FedNet registration form.

Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are at the heart of effective humanitarian assistance for millions of vulnerable people. Volunteers are our strength. They are what defines us and what makes us a unique humanitarian force in the world. As a federation of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, one of our focuses is on supporting our volunteers and giving them the tools and resources they need to meet the high demands and expectations that we — and our supporters — place on them.



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