I am very proud to present the CCIVS bi-annual activity report for the period 2019-2020. As we all know 2020 will be a year that will be remembered in history and this is also visible in this document. Since 2018, which marked the 70th anniversary of CCIVS, all IVS organisations were looking forward to 2020. It was supposed to be a big celebration year. The year to commemorate what we consider “the first workcamp” organised by Service Civil International in 1920: something that marks for most of us the start of international volunteering service!
Also, the famous “White Paper on IVS” which guided us for the last 10 years was coming to an end and needed follow-up. 2020 should have been the year in which we all together would work on our plan for the future. As we all know all our plans were disrupted due to the Covid-19 pandemic and most of the meetings we had foreseen to work on a new roadmap for CCIVS creating spaces to discuss together how to move on couldn’t happen. We tried to keep in touch, meet members online whenever we could transform some of our face to face activities to online activities, reschedule many activities to 2021 and use this period of uncertainty to better understand how IVS can still be a meaningful and necessary tool in this “new reality” and how we can all together work on a more sustainable and just world.
We looked at our members and noticed a lot of creativity and flexibility, supporting local communities, keeping volunteers engaged, finding online solutions for things we never imagined we could do online, etc. While countries were closing borders we could feel the solidarity across the CCIVS network. We were all together in this!
While 2019 was a very intensive year with a big focus on improving our impact research and the rolling out of the STEPS organisational development methodology, 2020 was marked by staying in touch, upscaling internal communication with a regular internal newsletter, organising online capacity building and preparatory work for a new strategic plan for CCIVS which we hope to finish in 2021.
CCIVS Activity Report 2019-2020 intends to give you an overview of what we all (secretariat, members, board) have done over the past 2 years and how we have been contributing to the development and promotion of IVS. A special “Thank you” goes to the staff in the secretariat who have under difficult circumstances done all they could to support the organisation. Have a nice reading.