We would like to invite you to an accessible online conference on 21st October 2020

This conference is free to attend, will have captioning and international sign language is provided. It will take place over 4 hour long sessions. Scroll down to read more and book your place

VIVID Conference 2020

Session 1

10.00-11.00 GMT+1

Welcome & Introduction

Launch of VIVID Research Report on Online Volunteering:
Can online volunteering remove barriers for people with disabilities and others? 

Presented by Abraham Worku, a person with disability in international development and Sharron Kelliher with Molly Egan from the Viatores Christi research team.   This research, a key activity of the VIVID project, aims to explore – in a very introductory way – topics such as whether online volunteering can add value to partner projects across the globe and is it sustainable? The team also question whether volunteering has a future in a post-Covid world? What is the way forward to ensure inclusion?

Format: Presentation and Q&A Session

Session 2

11.15-12.15 GMT+1

The Future of International Volunteering – Inclusive Development and the Localisation Agenda
International Development Speaker & Expert Panel

Viatores Christi (VC), an Irish volunteer organisation, which celebrates 60 years of working with marginalised communities in Africa, South East Asia and Latin America will host a high-level panel discussion on the future of international volunteering and inclusion in a changed, post-Covid world.  Key themes raised in the online volunteering research will be discussed and there will be an opportunity for questions to be put to the panelists.

Format: Chaired by VC CEO Shane Halpin with Sarah O’Toole CEO of CBM Ireland, as keynote speaker and an expert panel from INGOs in Ireland, Europe and East Africa.

Lunch 12.14-13.00 GMT+1

Session 3

13.00-14.00 GMT+1

“What will inclusive development and volunteering look like…in 5 years?”

Presented by European Disability Forum (EDF)

EDF, run by persons with disabilities, is an umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities that brings together representative organisations of persons with disabilities from across Europe.

Inclusive volunteering – a Latin America perspective

Presented by ASPEm

ASPEm is an Italian NGO in International Cooperation in the areas of interculture, human rights, health, agriculture and economic development in Latin America, Africa and Italy.

Session 4

14.10-15.10 GMT+1

Deinstitutionalisation: The Effect of Orphanage Volunteering

Presented by Tearfund Ireland

Tearfund Ireland is a faith based Irish international development and relief organisation that is also engaged in advocacy and development education. Tearfund Ireland have a strong focus on alternative care and deinstitutionalisation.

Perspective from Uganda: What do European INGOs need to know about future best practices in international volunteering

Presented by Dr. Paschal Kabura

Dr. Kabura, a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Fort Portal is a Director at Uganda Martyrs University, Clinical Supervisor as well as CEO at Bishop Magambo Counsellor Training Institute (BMCTI).  A human behaviour specialist, he has hosted many European volunteers over the last two decades.

Format: Interview and Q&A

About the VIVID Project
The VIVID project is funded by the European Aid Volunteers Initiative (EUAVI) and is implemented by a consortium consisting of 6 partners from 5 EU countries: Abilis Finland; ASPEm Italy CBM Ireland; CBM Global, EDF Belgium, and Tearfund Ireland.

This two year project aims to create a community of practice made up of EU organisations working towards disability inclusion in humanitarian action and volunteering. Read more here