The EU Aid Volunteers initiative provides opportunities to European citizens and long-term residents, from a wide range of backgrounds and with a diversity of skills and professional experience, to get involved in humanitarian aid projects, support the provision of needs-based humanitarian aid in third countries and engage in volunteering opportunities, through deployment and online-volunteering.
The initiative focuses on strengthening the European Union's capacity to deliver needs-based humanitarian aid by providing professional support through the deployment of trained volunteers to people in need. Furthermore, it aims to strengthen the capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities in third countries, through the implementation of joint projects between experienced humanitarian operators and local organisations in third countries.
The implementation of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative in 2016 is marked by the start of the first ten projects on capacity building and technical assistance and the two projects on deployment of EU Aid Volunteers, the publication of the first 44 vacancies for volunteers, the setting up of the training programme and the first training of almost 100 candidate volunteers, the ongoing certification resulting in more than 80 certified sending and hosting organisations, as well as the launch of the EU Aid Volunteers Platform.
In 2017, all the activities related to the management of the calls for proposals on capacity building and technical assistance, the deployment of volunteers and the certification will continue to be implemented by the Education, Audio-visual and Culture Agency while the European Commission will stay directly responsible for the implementation of the support measures, including the Platform, communication activities, outreach and evaluation.
The 2017 objectives of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative are:
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Volunteering through the EU Aid Volunteers initiative offers the possibility to EU citizens and long-term residents living in Europe to volunteer in countries affected by humanitarian crises. Volunteer placements are based on assessments of humanitarian needs on the ground, so that volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds and with different levels of expertise can take part.
There will also be on-line volunteer opportunities, open to citizens of all nationalities, which will offer additional ways to participate
The first EU Aid Volunteer vacancies were published on the EU Aid Volunteers Platform
EACEA is in charge of the complete life-cycle management of the strands/actions mentioned above. This consists of the implementation of the programme including the call for proposals, analysis of the grant requests, on-the-spot monitoring of projects, and the dissemination of the projects' and programme's results. More about EACEA.
EACEA works in partnership with the European Commission, DG ECHO.
DG ECHO has guided the design and development of the programme in close consultation with EU member states and key humanitarian stakeholders. DG ECHO holds responsibility for the development of the legal framework at the base of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and maintains key oversight for policy, financial and operational elements of the initiative.
For more information about the EU Aid Volunteer initiative or to learn more about volunteer opportunities offered under the EU Aid Volunteers initiative, please visit DG ECHO official website
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