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The Role of Volunteering in Sustainable Development

The Role of Volunteering in Sustainable Development

This report shares findings from the global action research project by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). The report explores how and why volunteering contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable positive change, and the factors which strengthen and prevent it from doing so. It looks at both the intended and […]

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The Tokyo Call to Action

The Tokyo Call to Action

Representatives of international volunteer cooperation organizations from around the world gathered in Tokyo October 4th–7th 2015 for the annual meeting of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development. BBC board member Ben Lough represented BBC at this conference. This year’s conference aligned with the world’s adoption of the new development agenda and the 17 UN sustainable […]

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The Evolution of International Volunteering

The Evolution of International Volunteering

The United Nations Volunteers program convened its “International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference” in Beijing on 12-13 October 2015.  BBC Board member Benjamin J. Lough was commissioned by UNV to present a paper on “The Evolution of International Volunteering”.  His paper examines the evolution of government-supported international volunteer cooperation organizations (IVCOs) from the UN’s First Development […]

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Sustainable Development Needs Organized Volunteers

Sustainable Development Needs Organized Volunteers

Last week, world leaders agreed on an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. Fully costed, the price tag for achieving these goals over the next 15 years will run into the trillions of dollar, however. The implication is that everyone in the world will have to contribute in one way or another—private […]

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International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations (IVCO) Tokyo

International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations (IVCO) Tokyo

The annual conference for International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations (IVCO) will take place this year in Tokyo on October 4- 7. It is hosted by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). These conferences bring together leaders of international volunteering agencies from around the globe to discuss the […]

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Message to The BBC Community From The Chairman

Message to The BBC Community From The Chairman

Before the end of September, the United Nations will adopt 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 to address the global challenges of poverty and climate change.  The Building Bridges Coalition is uniquely positioned to give voice and marshal research and partnerships support to achieve the SDGs. In June 2016, BBC will celebrate celebrate […]

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Fair Trade Learning: Creating Cross-Cultural Partnerships that Work

Fair Trade Learning: Creating Cross-Cultural Partnerships that Work

For those of you creating cross-cultural partnerships, Fair Trade Learning is a framework that can help you do it right. Fair Trade Learning has been vetted in scores of community partnerships around the world and published in both peer-reviewed journals and the popular press. Here is a primer on the topic. Dr. Hartman, one of […]

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