Overview of Recent Updates

There is something amazing in the CCIVS which is about gathering so much diversity: cultural, organisational, geographical,… in just one movement; with similar goals and vision, but so many different realities. The CCIVS is in over 90 countries (how many languages do we speak, how different are our lives, our conditions…) and however we consider to go in one direction, to search for common goals (peace, interculturality, sustainability,…) with common methodologies: workcamps, IVS.


And yet, what makes us amazing is also the source of some of our main weaknesses: our difficulty as a network, as CCIVS, to care, to monitor such diversity, such quantity of organisations within the movement.

The STEPS project was launched in order to start solving such fundamental challenge. If part of the mission of CCIVS is to empower its member organisations so that they achieve the goals of IVS; how is it possible that CCIVS is not able to know the needs of each of its members, to address the main challenges with support and training? The EC went around these questions for some years, and in the GA in Korea, 2014, made the decision to develop a Monitoring and Empowerment System for the network. And STEPS is the project to place the grounds for such system. With STEPS we are aiming to be in the 4 regions (Asia, Africa, America, Europe), developing a process of deep diagnosis with members, and at the same time implementing organisational development trainings which allow members to reflect and work on their own needs, challenges and potentials.


Up to now, we have had a  STEP experience in Africa, with an international training in Ghana, hosted by Volu; and wonderful participants also from Astovot Togo, ADC Congo DR, UPA Uganda,  VWAN Nigeria, who also hosted training processes in their countries. In Asia, a training in Cambodja, hosted by CYA, with participants from Ruchi India, VSA Thailand, SCI Hong Kong, IWO Korea. And in America, a training hosted by ACI Costa Rica, and participants from Siijuve Mexico, Chiriboga in Equador, BVBP in Perú, Subir al Sur in Argentina. The process, for those of us who are living it from within: participants, hosts, trainers, network representatives, is being so enriching! It opens up the detailed reality and histories of each organisation, the non-theoretical but very practical understanding of the needs and genuinity of IVS organisations in their countries; the belonging to local cultures, and at the same time the will and capacity to be working for a global dream.

A very important part of the training and research process we are implementing is also the fact that we are continuing with the Impact research of the last years (CLICK FOR MORE DETAILS), now focussing in the impact on communities. By interviewing community members who have been in contact with IVS projects we will end up the project with testimonies in 20 countries in 4 regions, which will contribute to the global research, and add up to the 40 professionals participating in international projects and more than 100 people trained in their own countries.

So as you see, we are doing STEPS forwards. Now in January it is time for the STEP experience in Europe: hosted by CID in FYROM, with also SCI-Hellas, Concordia and SJ France, SCI-Catalunya and Egyesek Hungarian participants. We better be ready for the challenge!

If you didn’t take the STEPS train with this first project, prepare your ticket now: we are already preparing a project to apply for a grant so that we can go on with the continuation of this empowerment process for the next years! The paths ahead are open: let’s STEP into them together!

Oriol Josa

(photo credit:  Gianni Orsini)


Author: CCIVS

Raising Peace: From Grassroots actions To Global Campaigns Promoting Peace and Human Rights During the last General Assembly in December 2012, CCIVS members decided to closely work together on a campaign to reinforce the recognition and visibility of the contribution of International Voluntary Service to the promotion of a culture of peace and human rights. An analysis of the work carried out on the thematic area of action of Peace & Human Rights so far revealed that several awareness-raising initiatives and training materials on Education for Peace and Human Rights have been developed by CCIVS members, however they haven't been gathered nor made available to all members and other networks. A closer co-operation and a common communication campaign would increase the visibility of IVS organisations and their work on the global level. According to the Plan of Action one specific priority in terms of International Representation and Networking is to increase capacities in the area of advocacy, international representation and to strengthen existing networks. The project, aims to strengthen the role of international voluntary service organisations as key players in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education. Through this project, we will: • Raise awareness on Human Rights and Peace construction all over Europe, promoting peace as the result of the construction of a fair, inclusive, diverse, sustainable and participative society; • Increase the number of trainers with an expertise in Peace and Human Rights Education in our organisations for them to act as multipliers; • Increase the advocacy and international representation skills of the international voluntary service movement in the field of Human Rights.

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