Due to the pandemic the Executive Committee met just online until the September Joint Meeting. In September the first physical meeting after March 2020 takes place, in Copenhagen, hosted by MS Denmark.
During the year Alliance bodies regularly meet online: TNWG meets online in April; a meeting of ADC and RE-Group (together with the EC) takes place in June 2021; ERC met online in August. All bodies meet physically in Copenhagen, in September.
68 volunteers, representing 28 member organisations, based in 19 countries, were involved in the network bodies.
A RE-Group (former 4 year Task Force) is active and elaborates ideas for the development of a new network structure. These ideas culminate into several proposals, all adopted by the GA 2021. The proposals mainly consist in creating new Alliance bodies: Alliance WGs and Committees as well as the Management Committee cease to exist in 2021. Instead, Needed Action Groups (NAGs) and Communities of Interest Action (COIs) are established. The first are in charge of implementing the actions essential for the network survival and are voted every year by the GA. The others can pop up freely during the year and are meant to be agents implementing thematic actions like projects or campaigns, bringing Alliance ideas and values forward, but not essential to ensure the network survival.The Additional Member 2022 is in charge of acting as Interface, a new position responsible of coordinating and connecting the new bodies (COIs). 2022 is a transition year into the new Alliance structure, to fully be in place by 2024.
The Technical Meeting takes place online during the first week of March. Several workshops are organised while different turns of bilaterals are eased and proposed to the members, in March, April and May.
The Long Term Training Course, a workplan financed by the European Youth Fundation, is finalized online. 10 participants complete the training cycle, started with a first physical activity in February 2020.
EYou.net, an E+ KA1 project coordinated by MS Denmark, is finalized. The first activity (January Joint Meeting) is implemented online on 28th and 29th January, the second (September Joint Meeting), takes place in Copenhagen, hosted by MS Denmark, from 11th to 13th September. Thanks to the project, new ideas to rejuvenate the Pool of Trainers are developed; Alliance members’ educational needs are assessed; the RE-Group shares their ideas about the network restructuring with several activists.
proMOTION, an international activity granted by the European Youth Foundation, is implemented by Mauro Carta, Alliance Course Director, together with the co-trainers Giada Martin and Isabel McLean as well as with Tilemachos Boni as the advocacy expert. The activity aims to develop a Pool of Ambassadors, meaning a group of Alliance activists empowered to use advocacy and communication tools to advocate for workcamps, youth work and non formal education recognition.
During 2021, the Alliance participates to common projects as IVS4Peace (on the involvement of young people with migrant and asylum seeking background in IVS). The meetings of this project are held online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A final Conference takes place in July 2021. We are also part of Tme2Team, an E+ KA2 project coordinated by Concordia France, aiming at sharing and developing good practice within the Alliance in order to work within the ESC programme, in particular the Volunteering Teams frame.
The Alliance holds its yearly General Assembly online, from 8th to 10th of November. More than 70 people attend the event, representing Alliance members and IVS sister networks.
The GA 2021 elects Jannika Mumme (IBG) as the new Alliance President. We say goodbye to Anthony Crochu (Concordia France) as Treasurer, Lasse Jensen (MS Denmark) as President, and Rosa Garcia Fruitós (Cocat) as Additional Member. We welcome in the EC team Aylin Bekem (De Amicitia) as VicePresident, Aleksandr Kurushev (Estyes) as VPER, Renārs Manuilovs (Youth for Smile) as Additional Member. Simon Geeraert (CBB) passes from the VPER to the Treasurer position.
Meaningful outcomes of the GA 2021 are the adoption of all the proposals developed by the RE-Group for the network transition into the new structure; the adoption of a Strategic Direction document guiding the network for the year 2022; the adoption of a call to be launched in order to identify “EC peers” in 2022, the adoption of a proposal that sees the Alliance becoming fully owner of Plato (Alliance Placement Tool), and, last but not least, various changes in the ADIH (Alliance Data Interchange Handbook).
Alliance Secretary Serena Verlato leaves the position on 31.12.2021. A new Secretary is hired: Barış Bilim, working at the premises of the new host of Alliance Secretariat – Gönüllü Hizmetler Derneği (GHD), based in Istanbul, Turkey.