Last week our colleague Mila attended the Stakeholders Forum held by CCIVS in Paris. We were curious to find out what happened during the forum so we stole half an hour from Mila’s busy time to find out. Here is what she told us:

Tell us a bit about the event and the activities.

Mila: The Stakeholders Forum, 6-11.02.2017, in Paris, France, organized by CCIVS brought together the partners of the project in order to share their cultural heritage and diversity projects with a variety of stakeholders coming from the private and public sector (including education institutions, governmental bodies, private institutions, civil society and the corporate sector). The first days of the Forum provided the participants with tools needed in order to present their projects externally. The whole process was guided by experts. The meeting with the Stakeholders took place in the form of speed dating and finished with an Institutional event. Potential Stakeholders who are still not aware of the importance and impact of the projects had the possibility to gain up to date information through the year via the Global Communication Campaign.

What was the main purpose of the Forum? 
Mila: The partners of the project will implement actions on a local level including local young people often with less opportunities and the local community. CCIVS will coordinate the communication, monitoring, evaluation and certification and Impact measurement tools will be used to ‘prove’ the value of these projects in terms of the impact on communities and volunteers. It is the first time that the IVS network will implement a similar project. There will be Awareness raising on the work of IVS organisations in the field of NFL and their experience in volunteer and heritage management, the aim is to provide a rich field for networking and exchange with local communities, young people and external stakeholders and to ensure a formal follow up process.
Impact measurement will be conducted throughout this project and partners will be given the necessary training and tools to implement actions in the field.
Can you tell us more about the follow-up activities? 

Mila: What follows now is a TC in France and in Uganda, then local actions, and then a meeting in Italy. The countries present at the meeting were: Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Macedonia, Uganda, Kenya, Togo, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, Nigeria, Nepal, Mozambique.

What was your role at the Forum and how did you like it?

Mila: I was working on volunteer management, CID representation and MultiKulti promotion. I participated in all the workshops, acted as a group facilitator in a couple of them and summed up the final conclusions in front of all the Stakeholders. It was a good event in the point of partnership making, learning how to approach stakeholders more efficiently and learning new tools of working with IVS on heritage management.