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Partnership and Collaboration for Volunteering
This webinar will seek to explore the importance of partnership and collaboration and how the global pandemic has highlighted the relevance of effective partnership in supporting and developing volunteering to deliver greater impact. It will reflect on the different stakeholders and relationships that are important to providing leadership for volunteering including between NGO’s and between governments and NGOs. It will explore why partnership and collaboration is important and what helps to create and sustain effective partnerships. The webinar will also seek to focus on lessons learned and, for example, how partnership and collaboration will influence support for volunteering and the mobilization of volunteers in the future.

The webinar will seek to bring together four presentations from a diversity of volunteering leadership to showcase their experience of partnership and how this has impacted on volunteering in their work, community or country. Each presentation will last 10 minutes, followed by a moderated discussion and Q & A from the audience.

About the Series:
In this webinar series we will examine three key volunteering topics highlighted by IAVE's research regarding the experience and response of leadership for volunteering organizations during the pandemic. An accompanying briefing paper for each of the sessions will both reflect on evidence gathered from the research and inform future volunteering operations and practice. The corresponding briefing paper for this session will be email to you upon registration.

Jun 30, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Helge Espe
Senior Advisor @Norec
Helge Espe joined Norec (formerly FK Norway) in 2001, being closely involved in its strategic and operational development since then. He is currently working as Senior Advisor to the Agency, in particular as regards Agenda 2030, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, and matters relating to the UN organisations, the OECD/DAC/Global Partnership Initiative, as well as international think tanks, networks and associations of volunteering, including the Volunteer Groups Alliance and the Research, Policy, Practice and Learning group. Helge has previously worked in Ethiopia for 11 years as Resident Representative for Norwegian Save the Children.
Carolina Freire
Founder @Voluntarios de Panamá
Carolina Freire is the Founder of Voluntarios de Panamá, the country's national volunteer centre that mobilizes and connects volunteers to national causes and organizations. With the support of United Way and USAID, she also founded Ponteenalgo.com, the country's only online volunteering platform. Freire currently serves as a consultant for several international development organizations and local think tanks and non-profits on issues related to social policy and human development. She served as National Director of Health Promotion at Panama's Ministry of Health. Prior to joining the public sector, she worked for the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Freire has a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Master's degree in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin.
Deedar Guerra
Vice President @National Volunteering Council of Mozambique (CNV)
Deedar Guerra has been a volunteer since 2009, when he led the foundation of a non-profit organization called ADDESSO. In 2015 he started an active collaboration in the National Volunteering Council of Mozambique (CNV), leading the process of its revitalization. In 2018 he was elected Vice-president of CNV, where he leads the design and implementation of projects, cooperation and partnership raising. Currently he´s also the Leader of Good Deeds Day in Mozambique since 2020 and Advisor to the State Secretariat for Youth and Employment since 2021, where he provides technical assistance to the Volunteering Department on various matters, with emphasis on the establishment of a National Volunteering Program framework and partner mobilization.
Alan Stevenson
CEO @Volunteer Scotland
Alan Stevenson, CEO of Volunteer Scotland, BSc (Hons), MSc. Alan has worked in senior management positions within Volunteer Scotland for more than 8 years. Alan recently led more than 100 sector stakeholders, including colleagues in Scottish Government, in the development and successful launch of Scotland’s 10-year Volunteering Action Plan. Alan regularly represents the interests of volunteers and persuades sector leaders of the value and their role in delivering 'volunteering for all'. Alan has a strong background in organisational management with over 20 years of experience as a management consultant and a management educator.
Nichole Cirillo
Executive Director @IAVE
Nichole joined IAVE as Executive Director in October 2019. Nichole has significant executive experience across environmental and social justice sectors and has led the engagement of a large network of global volunteers. Her roles have included Mission Director/Head of PR at Stonyfield Organics, International Director of Learning at Earthwatch, Senior Manager, Outreach and Mobilization at Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Executive Director at Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Common. Nichole has extensive leadership, management, fundraising and communications experience, gained working with teams of staff and volunteers in different parts of the world. Importantly Nichole herself has been a volunteer for much of her life and partnerships building has been a common theme throughout her career.