February 15, 2017


Conference Topics

15th IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference

Volunteers are constantly coming up with new ideas, and, in most cases, are the ones who implement them. Through our theme “The power of volunteering: what have you changed?” the conference intends to explore how volunteering is beneficial for social innovation and people’s welfare.

Volunteering activities and program often get started as a reaction to developments in the society, by introducing change in the communities where they take place and on the beneficiaries of their actions. With this conference, we seek to create a dialogue space in the Asia-Pacific region for the participants to engage with one another while discussing, debating and deepening their understanding about how volunteering is responding to modern lives.

Online paper submission is now close.
Should you wish to join the conference or form a delegation, please visit the registration page.

Topics that will be explored during the conference

The conference is designed around six major topics which hold particular interest in the Asia-Pacific region.

  1. Leadership
    Volunteers are able to quickly learn new knowledge and skills, they are able to build their confidence and passions while volunteering. This topic will explore how to build the capacity of organizations and volunteer leaders to engage volunteers effectively; how to build a public climate that places high value on volunteering; what are the standards and practices to achieve excellence in volunteer management; how to effectively connect people who wish to volunteer with opportunities to do so.
  2. Technology and Social Innovation
    During the past few years, we have witnessed how accessing knowledge through information and communication technologies has become a key component for both personal and societal development. In this theme, we will explore topics such as the rapid growth of digital volunteering and the relationship of volunteering to social and civic entrepreneurship and other innovative programs and practices. How are volunteer-involving organizations using the internet and the new technologies to deliver better services and increase the number of people they serve? Is technological advancement helping to remove existing social gaps? What examples of tools and projects for social innovation exist in the region? What are the limitations and possible negative impacts of technology on volunteering?
  3. The Sustainable Development Goals: with a focus on poverty, education and climate change
    With the SDGs, we now have a global framework for thinking about the development of our societies. This particular topic looks at how volunteers are contributing to making sure these SDGs are talked about and pursued. Within the Asia-Pacific region, we will specifically focus on showcasing volunteer projects, initiatives and lessons learned when it comes to involving volunteers in the thematic areas of poverty, education and climate change. How will the volunteer community respond to making sure we achieve the SDGs?
  4. Financial sustainability
    Financial sustainability is a perennial critical challenge for NGOs and volunteer involving organizations. This topic will take a look at fresh ideas on how we can secure the appropriate resources needed. How does your organization manage to meet its fundraising goals more effectively and more sustainably? What are the trends in the region when it comes to diversifying income sources? How do voluntary organizations balance the need for new income sources and their ability to pursue their mission and strategic goals?
  5. Corporate Volunteering
    Companies of all sizes are faced with an increased pressure from their employees and consumers to align their business goals with the development of the communities where they are present. Corporate volunteering programs are one way in which business are taking a proactive approach in working to address social priorities. We will look at the development of corporate programs by local and regional companies; the growth of pro bono service; the use of volunteering as a means of employee engagement and the development of employee knowledge, skills and leadership capacity; and, the critical need to develop effective, sustained partnerships of business, NGOs and government.
  6. Strategic Partnerships
    The variety and complexity of the issues our communities face means that any effort to address them will need to be done in collaboration with a diverse number of partners. In this topic, we will look at practical examples of how professionals take the time to network and share knowledge to create collaborations with local governments, businesses, foundations and other organizations in order to solve community issues and advance volunteering. What do partnerships need in order to succeed? How do you identify the suitable partners to tackle the need? How do you promote collaboration and fair use of resources among the partners?



The organising committees for the 15th IAVE Asia-Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference are pleased to invite proposals for presentations to be made in breakout sessions for the Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, November 22-26, 2017.

Paper submissions will open on 5th May 2017 and close on 9th July 2017.

Please review these guidelines prior to submitting an application. Also, additional information about the conference can be found at www.iaveap2017.org.my

THIS CALL FOR PRESENTERS IS FOR BREAKOUT SESSIONS ONLY. The organising committee for the 15th IAVE Asia-Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference may draw from responses in order to identify potential speakers for Forum sessions as appropriate.

All papers will be reviewed and assigned to an appropriate session. Authors of the accepted papers will be notified of the methods of presentations as follow:

Panel Presentation
  • Maximum 25 minutes oral presentation
  • Q&A sessions will be after presentation
  • Presenters must submit their presentation slides in Microsoft Power Point format via email to the conference secretariat by November 15th, 2017. (emailsecretariat@iaveap2017.org.my)
  • Panel presentation sessions typically involve 2 to 4 presenters with presentations of 25 minutes per presenter followed by interaction of panel members and the session participants.


About Presenters

In each them area, we will be looking for presenters who can address the concept; identify and discuss critical issues related to it; present examples of innovation and excellence in relevant program activities.

Presenters may be anyone with appropriate knowledge, perspective and experience to respond to one or more of the themes. They may be volunteers who lead organizations or grassroots initiatives; paid or volunteer managers of volunteers; executives of civil society organizations (NGOs); academics; government officials; business people; consultants; etc. They may be of any age, from any country in the Asia-Pacific region, with any educational background.

General Format and Requirements for Paper Submissions

The format is automated by the online submission system. Submitters are required to follow the instructions upon submitting their paper via the online submission portal.

Important Notes for Submitters

  1. Submitter must be the presenter. No on behalf submission is allowed.
  2. Presenters are only allowed to submit ONE (1) paper for each topic. Presenters may submit papers based on all 6 topics available (if preferred).
  3. Submissions should be sent electronically via the conference website ONLY.
  4. Submissions should be written in English with a maximum of 350 words.
  5. The description of the papers submitted will be included in the final program of the conference.
  6. Please be aware that changes to the content of the paper cannot be made once the paper has been submitted via the online submission system.
  7. It is the sole responsibility of the authors to ensure accuracy of content and language.
  8. The paper should not contain graphics or references.
  9. It is not our practice to commit full breakout sessions to one-person workshops or training sessions. Applicants may propose such sessions but should note that it is highly unlikely such proposals will be accepted although, alternatively, they may be invited to be a presenter in a panel presentation or discussion group session.
  10. If accepted, presenters will be required to provide a photograph conforming to guidelines we will provide at that time.