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close this bookVolunteer Participation in Working with the Urban Poor (UNDP - UNV, 64 p.)
close this folderIV. Programming concerns for VSAs and UNV
View the documentGuidelines for involvement
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View the documentTaking the initiative
View the documentFlexibility
View the documentMeeting personnel and associated needs
View the documentChannels of operation
View the documentUnited Nations Agencies and their partners
View the documentFunding and other programme concerns

Taking the initiative

VSAs exhibit considerable variation in their closeness to - both donor and recipient governments. This determines, to a large degree, how reactive or proactive (but also how responsive and relevant) VSAs are, or can be, in initiating new programmes. The capacity of VSAs to be selective in their choice of partners at local and national levels depends upon the potential partners' size, links with donors, and independence within the respective developing country. On the part of VSAs, this requires a rare combination of sensitivity to local problems and requirements; an understanding of national, international, historical, socio-political and policy framework contexts; and a deep comprehension of the strengths and weaknesses of the many organisations and institutions who could be partners over a long period of time; as well as a consistent philosophical approach to development.