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close this bookVolunteer Participation in Working with the Urban Poor (UNDP - UNV, 64 p.)
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Selection and placement process

As mentioned above, volunteers would be mobilised locally, regionally and internationally to assist in interventions. This would allow for the development of networks of assistance and greater sharing of skills and know-how in South-South, North-South, and even South-North directions.

These are community processes and methods of addressing needs and concerns which must be shared between communities, so that these approaches may be adapted to local needs as appropriate. There is also greater possibility for more South-to-North exchanges, whereby more advanced NGOs and community groups from the South could send VDWs to projects with co-workers in the North.

The selection and placement of volunteers should take into account the dynamics of the organisation with which they will be working, the needs of the community, the nature of the intervention, as well as relevant cultural factors, which should be reflected in a detailed job-description. When possible, the selection of UNVs should be made by the in-country organisation with which they will be working.