Togo and 11 other African nations launch major pro-volunteering program

Wednesday, 07 February 2024 17:39
Togo and 11 other African nations launch major pro-volunteering program

(Togo First) - Togo and 11 other African countries just launched, on February 6, a program to foster volunteering across the continent. The program, known as the Development of National Volunteer Ecosystems in Africa (DENVA) was launched in Lomé, Togo. 

The Togolese Volunteer Agency, ANVT, and France Volontaires designed the program. Besides facilitating volunteer movement across the 12 partner States, the program will help the volunteers acquire professional experience and contribute to projects that align with the 2030 sustainable development objectives, and in coherence with Agenda 2063.

The launch of this program is a step forward in the promotion of inter-country mobility for African national volunteers, according to ANVT.

"With the launch of the DENVA Program, we are taking another step forward in our commitment to sustainable development and international cooperation," said Omar Agbangba, Managing Director of ANVT.

“Ultimately, the DENVA aims to give rise to a world of mobility, north-south, south-north, south-south, that relies on shared values, compatible frames of reference and fosters dialogue between young people through cross-mobilities,” said Yann Delaunay, Managing Director of France Volontaires.

The DENVA will run for 24 months, focusing on the following areas: support for the deployment of new volunteers, professionalization of the commitment professions, strengthening cooperation between the countries concerned, and advocacy for greater recognition of the partnership.

The countries involved in the initiative are Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo.

Esaïe Edoh

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