BBC panel on international volunteering that included USAID Counselor Susan Reichle
At the Building Bridges Coalition (BBC) 10th anniversary Forum on International Volunteering on June 14 at the Brookings Institution, a diverse array of volunteer service advocates and organizations gathered to underscore the importance of service for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, both here in the U.S. and abroad.
General Stanley McChrystal, Chair of the Service Year Alliance, was the keynote speaker and the plenary discussion included top leaders from government (USAID and the Peace Corps), the private sector (Impact 2030), the UN Volunteers Director, think tanks, faith-based organization leaders, NGOs, and policy leaders from former and present Republican and Democratic administrations. Read more about the event here
Michael Deal, President & CEO of VEGA, moderating the afternoon session on NGO Engagement in SDGs
By bringing together volunteer-sending organizations with emphasis on youth, mid-career, and senior service targeting both international and domestic needs, the BBC event generated important momentum for helping promote greater support for service generally, foster sharing of lessons learned, and preparing an agenda for engagement with the Presidential campaigns on priority policy actions that the next administration needs to take up.
VEGA is proud to have co-hosted this event and co-moderated the afternoon panel on NGO Engagement in SDGs with the participation of two youth-oriented NGOs (Global Brigades and Global Peace Foundation) as well as USAID-funded volunteer programs (VEGA’s Capacity Building of Cambodia’s Local Organizations program implemented by the International Executive Service Corps and the Farmer to Farmer Program).