Online Volunteering Award 2010
 

 

Association Against Women Export Team

Contribution to MDG3: Promote gender equality and empower women

T-Shirt with inscription “Help Against Women Exploitation”Online volunteer Edwin Cuenco teaches graphic design at Arkansas Tech University while providing pro bono graphic design services to various NGOs. The Association Against Women Export (AAWE) is one of the organizations that benefit from Edwin’s award winning design skills. The promotional materials he developed have strengthened AAWE’s capacities to advocate against human trafficking and contributed to raising funds for the organization’s women empowerment projects in Edo State, Nigeria.

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Engineers Without Borders Team

Contribution to achieving MDG1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Woman cutting a pineappleTo help small farmers improve the cultivation and processing of pineapples, Engineers Without Borders Cameroon pooled the expertise of a Malian rural agriculture engineer with experience in translating scientific jargon into plain language, a Moroccan environmental consultant with a PhD in Environmental Studies and a Togolese agro-economist and researcher for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Benin. Within four weeks, the team created a comprehensive manual that will be made available free of charge to small farmers across the world.

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Global Hand Team

Contribution to achieving MDG8: Develop a global partnership for development

Cartoon: UN building shaking hands with company building Within three months, a team of four online volunteers translated more than 150 documents of the UN-Business partnership gateway www.business.un.org into Chinese. The portal, developed for the UN by the Hong-Kong-based NGO Global Hand, matches the needs of UN organizations with the resources and capacities of the private sector to address global challenges. The launch of the Chinese version together with the other official UN languages at the 2010 Global Compact Leaders' Summit in New York was a key step towards the portal’s global outreach.

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Kitega Community Centre Team

Contribution to achieving MDG4: Reduce child mortality, MDG5: Improve maternal health and MDG6: Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases

A nurse at a health center gives lessons to young mothersTo most people living in the rural Ugandan village of Kitega, health care is not affordable. Therefore, the Kitega Community Centre (KCC) together with village elders decided that a scheme for low-cost health services and insurance was needed. Sharing their diverse medical expertise, a team of eight online volunteers, including an Indian doctor, a Colombian biomedical engineer, a Cameroonian Master student of Health Service Administration, a Filipino medical technology professional and an American nurse, empowered KCC to transform their plans into action.

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Maventy Health International Team

Contribution to MDG4: Reduce child mortality

Doctor assessing a child’s growth at health centreAs online volunteer for Maventy Health International, Dan Frankowski led the development of the world’s first online and mobile tool that allows the monitoring and assessment of children’s growth and malnutrition based on WHO standards. The organization is currently using the tool in rural Northern Madagascar, where it is working to reduce early childhood mortality.

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Nabuur Team

Contribution to achieving MDG1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Youth looking at goats in Wakitaka village, UgandaMaria Zandt facilitated the support provided by a team of online volunteers to Wakitaka Youth Development Group (WYDG) through Nabuur, a network of global “neighbours”. WYDG was founded by young people in Wakitaka village, Uganda. The youth were determined to bring new prospects and improve the living conditions for themselves and their community. By sharing their know-how and ideas, and linking them to donors, the volunteers helped WYDG address health issues and set up income-generating activities, from goat breeding and vegetable growing to candle crafting and tailoring.

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Positive Nett-Works Team

Contribution to achieving MDG8: Develop a global partnership for development   

Indian edition of the online magazine “Youth Leader” A team of five online volunteers, led by journalist and mass media specialist Ritika Verma, brought the Indian edition of the Youth-Leader Magazine to life. Hosted by the German Positive Nett-Works e.V. Association, it provides information on exemplary change initiatives, and solutions and tools for addressing development issues. It therefore inspires and empowers Indian youth to take their own initiatives forward to tackle local issues.

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UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme Team

Contribution to MDG7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Gal├ípagos IslandsJoanna Borg helped the UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme build an image database of World Heritage sites located in marine areas. The image database will help UNESCO increase the visibility of marine World Heritage sites and draw attention to the need to preserve these sites – of outstanding universal value – for future generations.

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Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa Team

Contribution to achieving MDG8: Develop a global partnership for development  

News portal “NGO News Africa”Rui Oliveira, a retiree with more than 40 years of experience in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), created a news portal for the Ghana-based NGO Volunteer Partnerships for West Africa (VPWA). The portal, which provides information for and about NGOs in Africa, has already reached 2,000 subscribers and an average of 15,000 visitors per month.

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Young People We Care Team

Contribution to achieving MDG8: Develop a global partnership for development

JoAnna Pollonais/UNDP | Young man performing a somersault in the airYoung People We Care (YPWC), a youth-led NGO based in Ghana, engaged two IT experts to develop an online portal dedicated to facilitating youth access to information on opportunities for self development. After the website’s launch, the online volunteers stayed on to add new features, post opportunities and promote the portal on social network sites. The website currently receives 500 visitors per day in addition to positive feedback from users.

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(Photos | T-shirt: Association Against Women Export; Woman cutting a pineapple: Engineers Without Borders Cameroon; Cartoon: United Nations; Nurse at health centre: Adam Rogers/UNCDF; Doctor assessing child’s growth: Laura Tucker/Maventy Health International; Youth looking at goats: WYDG/Nabuur; Gal├ípagos Islands: Francesco Bandarin/UNESCO; Young man performing a somersault: JoAnna Pollonais/UNDP)