Volunteers Voices


Empowering Grassroots Governance

Ganjam, Orissa State, India: Empowering the poor to take ownership over development needs UNV volunteers like Minaram Patnaik to help communities and the authorities work together. more


Photo story: District Planning

Ganjam, Orissa State, India: It is Minaram's role to coordinate with the authorities and communities to ensure clear understanding about how to make development work according to the people’s wishes. more


Upgrading a Vision for a Better Life

Jharsuguda, Orissa State, India: Life has changed for the tribal people of Orissa, but UNV volunteers are helping ensure that their rights are upheld. more


Photo Story: Resettlement and Rehabilitation

Jharsuguda, Orissa State, India: UNV volunteer Sibaram Das is himself from Orissa, and has a vital connection and insight into the needs and aspirations of the various stakeholders he works among. more


Promoting Partnerships on Gender and Youth

Lucknow and Sriperumbudur, India: To commemorate 2010, the International Year of Youth, UNV India and the Solution Exchange for Gender Community India organized a meet at the Hotel Piccadilly in Lucknow. Another youth workshop took place near Chennai. more


United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development. This is also true in a disaster situation. more


Online Volunteerism

A self-confessed online volunteering "addict", in his work for war-affected populations, Ashok Pillai transcends national borders. more


DRM - Community Volunteers Instrumental in Bihar Flood

The strength of disaster mitigation and management depends on the level of community involvement. UNDP’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project has been able to mobilize volunteers more


Volunteering to Help Resettle Families: A Young Man Supports Displaced

Twenty-six-year-old Chakradhar Patra from Mayurbhani in Orissa supports people who have been displaced from their villages due to development projects such as dams, new upcoming industries more

Volunteering in India: Contexts, Perspectives and Discourses

The publication presents the viewpoints and experiences of eminent people and volunteers from different disciplines on the ethos, tradition and diversity of volunteering in the Indian context. It reflects on the challenges and opportunities to volunteering such as changing social structures and new complexities in the social structure; increasing individualization; increasing episodic volunteering; motivations to volunteering, especially amongst youth; and opportunities to volunteering due to conflicts in different parts of the society and growing inequalities.

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