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      • People empowering people

        23 Jun 2011

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        Volunteer teachers combat illiteracy in Burkina Faso. Photo: UNV

        Today marks the occasion of the United Nations Public Service Day, intended to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community and a chance to highlight the contribution of public service to international development. The work of public servants the world over deserves recognition as making a critical contribution to the development process. We thought we’d take the opportunity to focus on the thousands of volunteers worldwide whose support captures the civic and community spirit at the heart of our efforts to build empowered lives and resilient nations. Through volunteerism, people participate in the development of their own communities and their own countries. In this way volunteerism directly empowers lives, builds local ownership and fortifies communities and governments. Strategies supported by community-level action can help tackle development challenges. For example, in Nepal, UN Volunteers offer support to the Female Community Health Volunteer (FCHV) programme, through which around 50,000 women volunteers are improving maternal health in rural areas. National volunteers can also bring valuable knowledge of the local context, allowing development partners to reach out to communities and strengthen their ability to become active players in addressing the challenges they face.  At the broadest level, volunteering is an opportunityRead More