The Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV), Mr. Olivier Adam is visiting the East African region under the mantra of fostering regional integration and development through volunteerism.
According to a press statement from the United Nations Volunteers, the high ranking official is expected to meet with government representatives, UN Volunteers and partners in the region on a tour that will take him to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
He will be accompanied by the Regional Manager for East and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), Mr. Njoya Tikum.
In Uganda, he is expected to check on the Graduates Volunteers Scheme (GVS) which was launched in joint collaboration with the government last year.
As of now, this programme which intends to build the capacity of national institutions and the private sector in main streaming youth employment, has so far trained more than 300 graduates. Also, 93 of these have been placed in 22 institutions public and private institutions.
According to Mr. Adam, “Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people.
Last year, a total of 1,422 onsite UN Volunteers served in various capacities in the broader Eastern African region according to information from the UN Volunteers office.
The same document also stipulates that, 399 of them are served in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
Apparently, Kenya is the highest UN Volunteers’ contributors with 325 of its nationals currently serving as UN Volunteers in different countries across the world.