Australian aid program
The contribution of volunteers is an integral element of the Australian aid program.
The overarching principles guiding the Australian Volunteers for International Development program can be summarised as:
- Responsive to partner country needs - volunteers of the
Australian Volunteers program are placed with host organisations in
the public and private sectors, non-governmental and civil society
organisations and educational institutions, in priority areas
identified by partner countries and AusAID country program
- Local ownership and sustainability - Core Partners work with
host organisations to ensure that volunteers supported through the
Australian aid program do not replace local staff. Australian
Volunteers work under the direction and supervision of a local
organisation in their country of assignment. They do not replace
local staff members or volunteers and their work is designed to
make a sustainable impact that will continue after their
assignments are finished.
- Demand driven - Placement of volunteers is based on:
consultation with host organisations; the expressed need for a
volunteer with specific skills and experience; and AusAID country
- Shared commitment - The placing of volunteers requires a shared
commitment by the volunteer and the host organisation.
- Community engagement - Current and returned volunteers are involved in public engagement activities, disseminating information in Australia and overseas about the important contribution made by Australian volunteers within the aid program.