Head of Development: Isabella Krause
The Development Committee of the United Nations Student Association addresses the developmental and humanitarian aspects of the association. It seeks to promote the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by 193 governments around the globe in 2015. The sustainable development agenda includes 17 goals which are aimed at ending poverty, promoting peace and protecting the environment.
Our committee’s objective is to create opportunities for its members to deepen their knowledge on development work and allows them to get active in this field by creating partnerships with NGOs, preparing volunteers to go abroad or becoming a volunteer in one of our partner NGOs themselves. UNSA has created collaborations with NGOs located all around the globe, all addressing a variety of developmental topics. The Development Committee ensures that all volunteers are well-prepared for an intercultural, service-oriented summer. So far, UNSA has had the pleasure to send more than 150 volunteers to our partner NGOs.
The Development Committee aims at further increasing the number of partnerships with NGOs to allow more students to volunteer abroad. We want our network to represent the diversity of development work by establishing and maintaining relationships with NGOs located in different countries and operating in different fields, including but not limited to: education, health, and sustainable development. At the same time, we want to expand collaborations with local associations in Maastricht to provide students with the opportunity to engage in local volunteering. This year, due to the pandemic, international travel might be difficult for many volunteers, thus we will focus on providing more local opportunities for volunteering. In addition, members may expect an ever increasing online presence of the committee, in efforts of raising awareness and funds for partner NGOs.
The Development Committee is composed of 10 members, 2 Co-Heads and 1 Head. Members will be focus on different tasks and will utilize different talents. The tasks are mainly focused on the volunteering network and fundraising and local volunteering network.
The Volunteering Network is responsible for maintaining existing partnerships with NGOs worldwide as well as extending UNSA’s network by creating new volunteering opportunities. Members act as connectors between our volunteers and partners and are responsible for providing necessary information and organizing workshops in order to prepare future volunteers for the work at their respective NGO.
The Fundraising & Local Volunteering aspect creates opportunities to get engaged in the community of Maastricht and establishes collaborations with local associations. Next to this, members focus on organizing different fundraising events throughout the year in order to raise money and awareness for our partner NGOs.
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