Yayasan SALAM Malaysia hosted the 15th Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference of International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Nov 22 to 26.
Under the auspices of the Washington-headquartered IAVE, which promotes volunteering through 64 national volunteer centres and three regional volunteer networks, the regional conference is held biennially, by the host country that wins the bidding.
The five-day conference explored the diversity and power of volunteering, with the first two days dedicated to efforts of youth volunteers.
Topics that were explored during the conference were designed around six major topics relevant to the Asia Pacific region – technology and social innovation; sustainable development goals focusing on poverty, education and climate change; financial sustainability; corporate volunteering and strategic partnerships.
The conference attracted about 600 foreign and local delegates from various volunteering movements. Notable speakers at the conference included Tan Sri Dr Noorul Ainur, Secretary-General of the Higher Education Ministry; Datuk Zuraidah Atan, Chairman of Yayasan Sukarelawan Siswa; Sue Hennessey, Country Director (Borneo) of Raleigh International; Jihoon Park, Team Lead, BBB Korea; Nunatinee, Malanon, Manager, Volunteer Spirit Network, Thailand; and Adrienne Picone, CEO, Volunteering, Australia.
Among the topics discussed are “Developing student volunteerism”, “The positive impact of senior volunteerism in helping seniors through para-counseling program”, “Employee volunteering increases professional development”, “Unearthing the true value of corporate volunteering for development impact”.
TechSoup Asia-Pacific presented two sessions at the Conference. Elizabeth Liew presented Social Technology and the Role of Technology in Volunteerism; while Simon Gee presented an overview of TechSoup Asia-Pacific.
Besides the conference, delegates also participated in a number of local volunteering programs during their stay in Malaysia. For more information on the IAVE Conference 2017, please contact Roza at Roza@salam.org.my.