All sessions are in EEST Time (or GMT+3).

All sessions will be recorded and available for all delegates to watch after their live-streaming.

                                    Saturday 16th October
11:00 – 12:00 Opening of IVCO Thessaloniki 2021
Toily Kurbanov – Executive Coordinator, UNV
Carol Spahn – Acting Director, Peace Corps
Andreas Souvaliotis – Founder and CEO of Social Change Rewards Inc.     
Heather Shapter – Chair of Forum Board
Julia Sánchez – Secretary General, ActionAid International
MC: Gerasimos Kouvaras, Country Director, ActionAid Hellas
AAH: Video with platform touring guide
15:00 – 16:00Award Ceremony and Virtual Exhibition of the “Active Citizen Photo Salon 2021” organized by the Hellenic Photographic Society in cooperation with ActionAid Hellas, under the patronage of FIAP
(you will receive Teams link meeting in order to join the award – this will be held separately from IVCO2021 event platform)
All day1st Virtual Global Volunteering Fair (this will remain open to public until the end of Wednesday, with the closure of IVCO2021.)
Sunday 17th October
All day 1st Virtual Global Volunteering Fair


                 Monday           18th October        INTRODUCING “INCLUSIVE VOLUNTEERING FOR GLOBAL EQUALITY”
10:00 – 11:00SESSION 1:
Creating an Inclusive Volunteering Environment for Global Equality
Benjamin Haas and Victor Moinina (Researchers, IVCO2021 Framing Paper – Inclusive Volunteering for Global Equality – Linking Decolonisation & Diversity, Ashraf Patel (Co-founder of Pravah and ComMutiny / The Youth Collective) and Erin Bateman (Director of Volunteer Cooperation at WUSC), AGODE Kossi Mensan Edem (Director of Programmes / National Volunteer Agency of Togo), Cristina Cruz-Hubbard (Chief Diversity Officer / Peace Corps)
Moderator: Melanie Gow CEO, Australian Volunteers International (AVI)
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Volunteerism can be a powerful vehicle for change and leaders in international volunteering organizations have a unique opportunity to break down barriers and connect communities to engage in a common purpose. However, to truly foster an inclusive environment for volunteers, we must first understand what diversity and inclusion mean in the context of international volunteering and look beyond simple diversification of volunteer teams. This session will discuss the following:
• Determining how the different forms of diversity, e.g. age, gender, race, disability, socio-economic backgrounds, are embraced by international volunteering programmes.
• Identifying the barriers and challenges to inclusive volunteering and discussing how organisations can offer greater access and ensure a more equitable participation experience.
• How would inclusive volunteering contribute towards global equality and the achievement of SDGs?

11:00 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30SESSION 2:
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Hear from your peers and volunteers in the field and understand their perspectives. This session will profile a collection of case studies and presentations of good practices on the diversity of volunteer identities, models and assumptions about inclusive volunteering.

a. Voices from the Field
Simone Galimberti (Co-Founder / ENGAGE), Christine  Ogola (Programme Assistant, Resilient Youth and Livelihood Department / VSO), Ricar Pascoela (Coordinator of Working Women’s Centre Timor-Leste), Manisha Dhakal (Executive Director / BDS, Partner of CECI-VCP) and Seema Khah (Chair Person / Nepal Muslim Women’s Welfare Society, Partner of CECI-VCP),
Moderator: Christine Messier, Program Director, Crossroads International

b. Voices from the Field
Courtney Kelner (Grants and Programme Officer/ ICYE Kenya) and Mercy Inyanya Kubasu (ICYE International Office and Programme Coordinator/ ICYE Kenya), Silvia de Benito (Senior Officer in Volunteering / Alianza – Actionaid)
Moderator: Fred Sadia, Secretary & National Coordinator, Volunteer Involving Organizations Society, Kenya
12:30 – 13:00 Coffee Break
13:00 – 14:00SESSION 3:
The Role of States and Institutions on Inclusive Volunteering for Development
Lénaïk Le Poul (Programme manager, Climate and ecological transition / France Volontaires), Fredrick Sadia (Secretary & National Coordinator / Volunteer Involving Organizations Society), Christina Munzer (Director Humanitarian & Development Deployments Section, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)), Dr Meshesha Shewarega Gebretsadik (Coordinator, The AU Continental Volunteer Platform)
Moderator: Benjamin Lough, Director of Social Innovation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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This session aims to explore the impact of public policies on volunteering for development, including:
• Identifying how volunteer organizations are engaging under different policy agendas and the perceived implications and benefits.
• What are some of the policy barriers for inclusive volunteering?
• How can organizations advocate and influence policy changes?

14.30 – 15.45SESSION 4: Launching the revised Global Volunteering Standard
James O’Brien, (Executive Director of Forum)
Rahim Hassanali, (Global Leadership Manager of VSO and Coordinator of Forum Standards Working Group)
Paul Buenconsejo, (Executive Director of Philippines Coalition on Volunteering)
Fazirah Naser, (Senior Executive, Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa (YSS) / Student Volunteers Foundation)
Erin MacLeod and Nicole Dagher, (Consultants of Forum Standards Working Group)
Mark Cumming (Head of Comhlámh and Member of the Forum Board) and Stephen Goodman (Chief Executive Officer / VSA and Member of the Forum Board)
Moderator: Heather Shapter, Chair of Forum Board & Executive Director, Crossroads International


      19th  October      
10:00 – 11:15SESSION 5:
Decolonisation of Volunteering for Development
Aarathi Krishnan (Strategic Foresight Advisor for UNDP), Leigh Mathews (AltoLearn), Chris Millora (Research Associate, University of East Anglia), Nazmul Ahsan (Manager – Young People / ActionAId Bangladesh)
Moderator: Stephen Goodman, CEO, Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA)
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The connection between colonisation and volunteering for development work is undeniable. To challenge colonial legacies and power dynamics, volunteering for development agencies will need to address the ways in which international volunteering could undermine the principles of global equity. This session will discuss:
• Effectively tackling the issues of power imbalances between international and local volunteers.
• Has the COVID-19 pandemic provided a good opportunity to further drive the decolonisation of volunteering for development with potential changes in the global balance of power?
• Reshaping programme design and practices to take into account the history, culture and context of host communities.
• Decolonising volunteering research and practice – reflecting on and challenging current practices.

11:15 – 11:30Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45SESSION 6:
Digitalisation and the Future of volunteering for Development
Lynette Teo (Manager, Volunteer Cooperation, Programmes Division / Singapore International Foundation), Jennifer (JJ) Di Bella and Vanessa Dickey (Chief of Programming and Training, Africa Region and Project Expert, Virtual Service Pilot / Peace Corps), Boudewijn Wijnands (Founder & CEO / Deedmob), Stephanie Boyd (Communicaitons Advisor (Volunteer) / Cuso International)
Moderator: David Styers Coordinator, Volunteer Groups Alliance
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There is no doubt that technology has altered the way we work and communicate. Technology has opened up new pathways for volunteering organizations, enabling a quantitative increase in volunteer opportunities. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has further spurred the sector’s digital transformation with many IVCOs now leveraging technology to support volunteering for development activities given travel restrictions in place and e-volunteering has become a trend. This session will discuss the following:
• Does technology promote inclusiveness by providing greater access to volunteering opportunities or does it exacerbate existing patterns of inequality?
• Shared success through shared strategies – what are some of tried-and-tested strategies and challenges when leveraging technology for volunteering for development during COVID-19? How can we aim to replicate the well-documented positive impact of in-person volunteering with e-volunteering?
• What are the new digital tools available to mobilise and manage volunteers more effectively?
• What is the impact of the digitalization of work and employment on volunteering in the post-pandemic era?

12:45 – 13:30 Coffee Break
13:30 – 14:45SESSION 7:
Directionality – “Emerging Volunteering for Development Modalities”
Ujjwal Sundas (Director of program and research / Samata Foundation, Nepal), Nadira Pervin (Programme Manager Networking and Communication / Nagorik Uddyog), Helene Perold (Director / Helene Perold & Associates, South Africa), Dr. Alok Rath (Global Head, Knowledge, Evidence, and Learning / VSO) and Professor Matt Baillie Smith (Social Sciences/University of Northumbria / Refugee Youth Volunteering Uganda), Thierry Debris (Programme Manager for International Volunteering Development / France Volontaires)
Moderator: Helge Espe, Senior Adviser, Norec
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An increasing number of middle-income countries and emerging economies are both providers and recipients of development assistance, bringing to the table their own unique experiences. Stronger enabling environments across the Global South mean that volunteering for development programmes are no longer restricted to traditional donor countries. With significant new actors that send volunteers, the future of volunteering is multi-polar with shared goals but diverse approaches to volunteering for development. This session will explore:
• Building a diverse volunteering ecosystem – What are the strategies to enhance South-North, South-South and reciprocal forms of international volunteering? How can we work towards more reciprocal relationships with partners?
• Which are the challenges organizations face in implementing such programs and how to overcome them?
• What policy reforms are needed to strengthen and build reciprocal partnerships across the different volunteering modalities?

14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:15SESSION 8:
Directionality – “Community Volunteering and Localisation”
Professor Matt Baillie Smith (Social Sciences / University of Northumbria) and Professor Peter Kanyandago (Refugee Youth Volunteering and Chair of the Board of Directors of the African Volunteers Association), Lea Sofia Simonsen (Senior Project Manager for International Programmes / ActionAid Denmark), Dr. Philip Goodwin (Chief Executive / VSO), GBEMOU Kudzo Nyameko (Programme Manager / ASSOCIATION JSA)
Moderator: Erin Bateman, Director of Volunteer Cooperation for WUSC (World University Service of Canada) and Forum Board Member
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Local and regional communities are critical to the realisation of SDGs and have been tasked to accelerate the pace of the much-needed transformations. To upscale these efforts, greater cooperation is needed between both national and international organizations. This session will discuss:
• The status of domestic community volunteering and localization of the SDGs.
• Building on pre-existing systems to empower local organizations to develop and lead programmes/initiatives which support both their own community development and advocate for global equality and justice.
• How can volunteering for development organizations bolster local action and accelerate implementation?


   Wednesday     20th October   GOOD PRACTICES POD
10:30 – 13:25SESSION 9:
Inclusive Volunteering in Practice – Good Practices Pod

Moderator Good Practices Pod A: James O’Brien, Forum Executive Director
Moderator Good Practices Pod B: Mark Cumming, Head of Comhlámh and Member of the Forum Board and Liz Gordy, Forum’s Operations Officer

10:30 – 11:30
a. Organizational challenges
Josef Estermann (Responsable for Basics & Research Comundo / Unité – Comundo), Wan Ahmad Hazman bin Wan Ahmad Daud (Board Director / Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa (YSS) / Student Volunteers Foundation), Dr. Tracy Kandeya (M and E Advisor / VSO), Rebecca Pursell-Gotz (Research Specialist: Volunteering for Development / VSO)

b. Advocacy for reform
Aminata Kelly-Lamin (Advocacy and Policy Manager / ActionAid Sierra Leone),
Paulino Buenconsejo (Executive Director / Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism), Ibrahim Soro Kamara, Mariatu Esther Kabba, Elizabeth Agatha Musa, (Program Manager and Communication Officers/ On behalf of Volunteers Involving Organisations Network (VIONet)), Syed Hasnain (President of UNIRE (Italian national union of refugees and exiles))

11:35 – 12:20
a. Methodological Tools
Darlene Grant, Ph.D. (Senior Advisor to the Director / Peace Corps), Andres Morales (Volunteering & Youth Development Regional Coordinator – Americas Region / International Federation of the Red Cross), Sádé Budhlall (Director of Volunteer Development / The Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross Society), Katherine Tubb (Volunteering Consultant / Independent)

b. Gender inclusion
Geeta Pradhan (Social Inclusion and Gender / VSO), Rebecca Pursell-Gotz (Research Specialist for Volunteering for Development / VSO) and Margret Damba (Volunteer as the Gender and Women Empowerment Advisor / Speak it Loud Zimbabwe), Lechin Lu (Criterion Institute), Professor Rebecca Tiessen  (School of International Development and Global Studies / University of Ottawa)

12:25 – 13:00
a. Indigenous people
Alice Tamang (Indigenous Programs Coordinator / AVI), Awounkeu Francois and Tatiana Palouki (Country Representative and Volunteer / Cuso International),
Patience Malunga (Training Adviser / Norwegian Agency for Exchange Co-operation (Norec))

b. The Role of Coalitions at National Level
Nichole Cirillo and members of the Global Network for Volunteer Leadership (Executive Director / IAVE), Romanus Mtung’e (Country Representative / Cuso International)

13:05 – 13:30
a. Inclusion of older people
Mayuko Onuki (Assistant professor / Waseda University / JICA Ogata Research Institute), Julia Nakamura (Graduate Student, Health Psychology / University of British Columbia)

b. Disability Inclusion
Lou Talbot Beirne (Programme Manager / CBM Ireland), Jelena Wander & Regina Fuchs (Project managers for Inclusive Volunteering at bezev), Zulqurnain Asghar (Chief Executive / Potohar Mental Health Association)
13:30 -13:35Break
13:40 – 14:00Closing Ceremony