IVCO 2017


The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum)

The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) is the most significant global network of International Volunteer Co-operation Organisations (IVCO). Forum exists to share information, develop good practice and enhance co-operation across the international volunteering and development sectors. It promotes the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices. Forum is a “virtual” network, with a global membership that includes a range of organisations involved in international development, including non-government and state organisations. Forum was founded in 1964 in Strasbourg under the auspices of the Council of Europe. Until 2000, Forum was an organisation for European-based agencies. In 2000, membership of Forum was opened up to organisations across the world. In 2002, Forum took over responsibility for running an annual meeting of Heads of International Volunteer Co-operation Organisations now known as IVCO.

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

KOICA was established as a governmental agency dedicated to grant aid programs on April 1991. KOICA endeavors to combat poverty and support sustainable socio-economic growth of partner countries. By doing so, KOICA establishes and strengthens friendly ties with developing countries. As a Korea’s ODA platform, KOICA is promoting and strengthening cooperation with both domestic and international partners, laying the foundation for the achievements of the SDGs. In 2009, the Korean government consolidated overseas volunteer programs provided by five different government agencies into a single brand. This government initiative gave birth to World Friends Korea, Korea integrated overseas volunteer programs. As Korea’s iconic participatory development cooperation program, World Friends Korea has deployed 20,000 overseas volunteers to partner countries from 2009 to 2015. Currently, World Friends Korea is operating a wide range of volunteer programs to engage from high schools graduates to retirees.