Partnering on volunteering research and networks

Co-designing partnerships to support volunteering research and networks in Asia Archipelago

In design
Apr 2023 - Current
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Building on previous discovery activities, we're now exploring how we can co-design partnerships with key volunteering bodies in Indonesia, Philippines, and Timor-Leste to facilitate volunteering research and networks.

In this design phase, we're working closely with the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) in Philippines, the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport and Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL) in Timor-Leste, and Indorelawan in Indonesia to co-design partnership mechanisms and develop new ways of working. 

Through this project, we aim to better understand how to design partnerships with key volunteering bodies that will help address their volunteering priorities, particularly concerning volunteering research and networks.

Our objectives

  • What tools and mechanisms do we need to co-design partnerships with key volunteering bodies?
  • How can we support partners to achieve their volunteering research and network priorities?
  • What is the impact of supporting research on volunteering or volunteerism in partner countries?

Our approach

Program staff in Indonesia, Philippines, and Timor-Leste are working closely with key volunteering bodies in their respective countries to co-design a range of tools and new ways of working. The project uses a 'live prototype' approach, which means our team is constantly adapting their activities to respond to emerging opportunities and challenges.

In Indonesia, we've entered into a grant agreement with Indorelawan, a non-profit organisation that promotes volunteerism and community engagement. Supported by this partnership, Indorelawan is overseeing research into volunteerism practices in two of the most populated islands in the country. Learn more about the grant.

In Philippines, the program has signed a Memoranda of Understanding with PNVSCA that formalises our mutual collaboration on national volunteering activities. This agreement spans a two-year period and is supported by an action plan that was developed through a collaborative workshop. Learn more about this agreement

In Timor-Leste, the program awarded Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e (UNTL) a contract to undertake a Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) Assessment Survey into volunteerism in Timor-Leste. With the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, Art and Culture (MYSAC), the research will inform the establishment of a national volunteering scheme. Learn more about the partnership and read a summary of the final research report.

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