Promoting volunteerism for community development

Jul 20, 2016

UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism

Five UN Volunteers are initiating volunteering projects ranging from literacy promotion to income-generating activities in partnership with local associations and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) promotes volunteerism for peace and development through its strong partnerships and capacity to engage volunteers.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), UNV recently launched a call for proposals for Volunteer Initiatives for Peace and Development (VIPD) which aims to foster UN Volunteers’ involvement into volunteerism. The five selected projects in line with the UNV Strategic Plan 2014-2017 will have a direct and visible impact and will contribute to promoting volunteerism and civic action in four different regions in the DRC.

Clément Lachenal-Chevallet works for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a UN Volunteer Community Resilience officer. His project has drawn the attention of the UNV programme. With the support of four other UN Volunteers and youth volunteers from the local community, he is planning to set up a project in a school located in the suburbs of Kinshasa which was recently flooded after heavy rains.

A sanitation and awareness campaign will be implemented with the contribution of the children, their parents and the school staff members. Renovation works are also scheduled to take place, such as repainting the building walls. This initiative is aiming to benefit 150 people and to mobilize civil society members in order to create other sustainable solutions to the local needs.

Promoting volunteerism for community development

James Leaver, UN Volunteer in charge of the monitoring and the evaluation of UNDP projects in Dongo, is launching a literacy project in lingala language. This initiative aims to train 20 women from the local community by teaching them basic reading and writing skills with the objective to support them becoming active members of their community.

Two facilitators from the community will follow a professional training in teaching and mentoring so they can learn how to manage classes, master the different participatory approaches and teaching methods. The two women will be paid 75% of their time teaching and the 25% remaining will be taught voluntarily in order to promote volunteerism at the local level.

This year again, the UNV programme is encouraging UN Volunteers to collaborate with local civil society members through diverse projects across the DRC. The five volunteer projects initiated in 2015 have proven to have a positive impact on more than 600 beneficiaries. It is the privilege and the responsibility of every decision making institution, including UN bodies, to support, strengthen and facilitate volunteerism, this unique peace and development tool that is becoming more and more critical and fundamental in the rapidly changing world” concludes Simone Beccaria, UNV programme manager in the DRC.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.



Name of UN Volunteers





James Leaver

Literacy promoting project




Miriam Sánchez

Income-generating activity project




Martin Mogga

Student leadership Forum project




Salimata Traore

Sanitation project




Clément Lachenal-Chevallet

Sanitation awareness campaign and school renovation project




The article was translated by Gabrielle Compas-Dumonteil, an online volunteer mobilized through  

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