CECI has grown by amassing, over its five decades of existence, a storehouse of expertise in international volunteer work. CECI’s innovative volunteer cooperation programs are typically carried out in conjunction with Global South communities. The local communities’ participation makes sure that the processes, practices, and tools employed remain relevant to the local organizations and are appropriate to the constantly changing context to which they must react.
Thanks to the commitment and solidarity of thousands of volunteers, their desire to learn alongside the partner organizations, CECI’s volunteer cooperation programs give a stronger voice to civil society. Indeed, our partners are the prime movers in work having a positive impact on the development of their communities.
Volunteer cooperation at CECI: Building the strengths of individuals and partner organizations for equitable and sustainable development
Our volunteer programs are based on capacity building processes as a means of contributing to sustainable development.
- We plan our activities strategically, on an ongoing basis.
- Our programs have a specific geographical and sectoral focus.
- We allocate resources to priorities in these sectors.
These interrelations are what ensure that activities carried out locally have impacts on a national scale.
Within this framework, we currently have 400 Canadian volunteers working alongside Southern volunteers on mission with 120 Global South partners. Our strategy is rooted in values of equity, solidarity, justice, gender equality, and environmental protection.
Networking and collaboration build a solid foundation for volunteer cooperation projects. These interactions take shape within a broad framework of common sectors, collective action, and a desire to build on each person’s experience and expertise. The ultimate goal is to give a voice in the public sphere to the poor and excluded – in a word, to empower them.
Networking, along with the deployment of improved programs and services, enhances the credibility of the partners. This credibility enables them to influence policy more effectively.
Globalization presents immense challenges to populations and to national sovereignty, but it also provides opportunities to build new forms of solidarity.
- offer a venue for individuals and organizations wishing to act collectively on specific development issues by putting their skills at the service of Global South poverty reduction organizations;
- foster development in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia, as well as public engagement in Canada;
- are based on short- and long-term volunteer mandates and on collaboration between organizations;
- are continually being adapted to changing contexts; CECI strives to refine its methodologies and assistance processes so as to better contribute to the development of Southern countries.
These initiatives are implemented in concert with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with a view to capitalizing on the complementary expertise of the two organizations.