Government says it is working on a volunteer policy that will help safeguard volunteers in participation, inclusion, engagement and policy development in community service.
Deputy Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Dorothy Kazunga said this was done in collaboration with Zambia Volunteers Coordinating Committee (ZVCC).
Ms. Kazunga observed that the major problem faced by Zambia since the inception of the volunteer work was lack of national policy for volunteers at work places for both private and public institutions.
She said volunteerism had been identified as key to contributing to just and peaceful change in communities across the globe.
Ms. Kazunga noted that sustainable development was not possible without volunteers’ participation.
She therefore said it was vital to take into account the power of harnessing the position of volunteers in the country.
Ms. Kazunga said this in Lusaka today during the commemoration of the international volunteer day (IVD) under the theme “make change happen, volunteer”.
She said volunteers’ efforts were significant in today’s generation considering various needs that were arising due to increased population which government and the United Nation (UN) might not be able to address.
She advised that volunteerism should not be looked at as free services of labour but as an important aspect in development.
And speaking at the same event, UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia Jane Rogan noted that Zambian volunteers have contributed to poverty reduction, rendered humanitarian assistance, capacity building and delivered basic services among other things.
Ms. Rogan has since commended the volunteers for the tremendous job they were doing to promote development and in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Zambia.