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26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference

The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) unanimously selected Abu Dhabi as the host city for the 26th World Volunteer Conference in October 2022 — the largest global gathering of volunteering experts and practitioners.
The conference aims to create an environment that encourages networking, sharing of knowledge, and continuous learning for all those who believe volunteering improves their communities and the lives of those who volunteer, and is a strategic asset to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Hosted for the first time in the Middle East, the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference will be hosted by the Emirates Foundation, the national organization of the UAE set up by the Abu Dhabi Government to facilitate public-private funded initiatives to strengthen community resilience.
Emirates Foundation shapes, guides and delivers innovative volunteering programs that increasingly encourage community members to volunteer, with far-reaching national impact
The conference is expected to attract around 1000 participants from more than 100 countries, representing all the stakeholders of the volunteer community, including individual leaders, civil society organizations, government agencies, academia and businesses.
About Conference

Conference Program

  • First Day Oct 24th 2022
  • Second Day Oct 25th, 2022
  • Third Day Oct 26th, 2022
  • Fourth Day Oct 27th, 2022

About the Conference

Collectively the world’s volunteering is an expression of civic engagement that in very practical ways builds the community cohesion and resilience that are fundamental to making life better for people and communities.
At the 2022 World Volunteer Conference IAVE and the Emirates Foundation will seek to encourage volunteerism as an important part of creating a more equal and inclusive future for communities, recognize the tireless work of volunteers across the globe, and celebrate their exceptional volunteer response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
They also want to acknowledge that volunteer engagement and volunteering leadership is needed more than ever to help address the world’s most pressing challenges.
10:00 - 16:00

Registration

Open all day
19:00 - 21:00

Opening Gala Dinner

Welcome to Abu Dhabi and the IAVE 26th World Volunteer Conference
A Celebration of Volunteering
8:30 - 9:30

Conference Registration

9:30 - 11:00

Opening Plenary

Volunteering for the Common Good: Making life Better for People and Communities
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Forums – Making Life Better Global Challenges

The Forums link to the conference themes, highlighting thought leadership about volunteering and showcasing volunteer impact.
They will consider volunteering in relation to four key global challenges all with relevance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Forum 1: Building More Tolerant and Inclusive Communitie
  • Forum 2: Tackling the Issue of Climate Change.
  • Forum 3: Supporting a More Peaceful and Secure World
  • Forum 4: Providing Equitable and Progressive Opportunities for Al
13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Practice Seminars

The Practice Seminars will run concurrently and will explore six themes with different topics over two days. Through expert input and case studies they will highlight key practice issues. Providing information, sharing experience and expertise.
  • Theme 1: Partnership.
    Topic – Building effective partnerships to deliver change through volunteering.
  • Theme 2: Corporate Social Responsibility. Topic – Developing skills-based volunteering programs.
    Topic – Developing skills-based volunteering programs.
  • Theme 3: Youth Volunteering. Topic – Creating an environment that enables youth volunteering to flourish.
    Topic – Creating an environment that enables youth volunteering to flourish.
  • Theme 4: Technological Transformation. Topic – Overcoming the challenges and maximizing the opportunities.
    Topic – Overcoming the challenges and maximizing the opportunities.
  • Theme 5: Resilient Communities. Topic – Enabling community cohesion and embracing diversity.
    Topic – Enabling community cohesion and embracing diversity.
  • Theme 6: Impact Measurement. Topic – Understanding what it is and how to do it.
    Topic – Understanding what it is and how to do it.

16:00 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 18:00

Plenary

Corporate Volunteering: Exploring Current Impact and Future Trends.
18:30 – 20:00

Let’s Connect

Networking Event for all participants
8:30 – 9:30

Conference Registration

9:30 – 11:00

Plenary

Creating a World of Change Makers: Young People and Volunteering
11:00 - 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Practice Seminars

The Practice Seminars will run concurrently and will explore six themes with different topics over two days. Through expert input and case studies they will highlight key practice issues.
Providing information, sharing experience and expertise.
  • Theme 1: Partnership
    Topic – Engaging government in valuing volunteering.
  • Theme 2: Corporate Social Responsibility
    Topic – Disaster preparedness, key lessons from COVID- 19.
  • Theme 3: Youth Volunteering
    Topic – Future leadership, developing the role of young volunteers.
  • Theme 4: Technological Transformation
    Topic – Extending the power of volunteering through new technologies.
  • Theme 5: Resilient Communities
    Topic – Locally owned solutions delivering impact.
  • Theme 6: Impact Measurement
    Topic – Providing the evidence.

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

14:30 – 16:00

Let’s Talk Volunteering: Information Marketplace

An opportunity to engage and interact with ideas, concepts and models of practice. A combination and choice of Ted talks; expert panels; showcasing of standards of practice and new approaches to using technology.
16:00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Closing Plenary

Volunteering to Create a Better World: Be the Change You Want to See
19:00 – 21:30

Cultural Evening

9:30 - 13:00

Exploring Abu Dhabi - Cultural Site Visits (Optional)