Promoting youth volunteerism for sustainable development across ASEAN countries
A conference titled South-South Knowledge Exchange on Youth Volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals: Sharing Sufficiency Economy Philosophy (SEP) and Other Approaches from ASEAN countries was organized by the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bangkok, Thailand, between 20 and 23 June 2017.
The conference focused on youth volunteering through the South-South Cooperation framework. UNV and TICA brought together about 150 participants from leading partners in ASEAN countries, including volunteer involving organizations, civil society, private sector, academia and UN entities, to share best practices and identify challenges and opportunities for volunteerism to become a driving force for sustainable development across the region and beyond.
The four-day programme included a field trip, plenary sessions, moderated panel discussions as well as small group discussions on topics covering best practices and lessons learned in developing and implementing volunteering programmes. The conference also served as an excellent networking opportunity for a broad range of stakeholders involved in volunteering across the region.
Three presentations were made by participants from Indonesia during different panel discussions.
Ms. RanityaNurlita talked about her commitment and volunteer-based public engagement to protect the environment through “ASEAN Reusable Bag Campaign” during a discussion on Promoting sustainable behaviour through youth volunteerism.
Mr. Abri Eko Noerjanto from the Ministry of Youth and Sports presented the status of youth and potential of expansion of volunteerism in Indonesia through "Youth employment & volunteerism in Indonesia" during a discussion on Volunteering for enhancing life and work skills.
Ms. Marsha Nashahta, Indorelawan introduced how the on-line volunteering platform was initiated in 2014 and how it has contributed to more informed volunteering and planned volunteer engagement by organizations, through "Utilizing technology to foster volunteerism in Indonesia" during discussions on Innovation and partnership for more inclusive volunteering.
During the conference, winners of the final Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge (YVIC) were announced. Out of 10 teams selected from the two national challenge in Indonesia and Myanmar, and the ASEAN regional call, Ecofun Indonesia, a youth-led social enterprise that focuses on environmental education and science communication, won US$ 10,000. Another team from Indonesia, Tune Map, a mobile platform to collect help and navigate the visually impaired, was the 1st runner-up and received US$ 7,000. The 2nd runner-up was Nino Nina from the Philippines, which supports income generation for poor urban communities in the country, and was awarded US$ 5,000. In addition to the prizes, all three teams will be supported by SAP Asia Pte Ltd through mentor ship from the company’s experts.
Ecofun Indonesia was one of the winners of the final Youth Volunteering Innovation Challenge