This paper shares initial findings from the International Forum for Volunteering in Development’s COVID-19 and the Future of Volunteering for Development research project, which is now at its mid-way point. It addresses three aspects of the sector’s COVID-19 experience: What happened to volunteers in the COVID-19 pandemic? What programme innovations and adaptations signal new growth areas in a post-COVID-19 context? And what does the future hold for volunteering for development?
Perold, H., Mwathi Mati, J., Alum, C., Lough, B. J., & Tiessen, R. (2020, October). COVID-19 and volunteering for development: Impacts, innovations and implications. Paper presented at IVCO 2020: Volunteering for Climate Action, the 2020 conference of International Volunteering Cooperation Organisations. Retrieved from International Forum for Volunteering in Development website: https://forum-ids.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/COVID-19-and-Volunteering-for-Development-IVCO-2020-Discussion-Paper.pdf