Donors And Volunteers: The Dynamic Duo That Brings Decent Work To Reality

Donors And Volunteers: The Dynamic Duo That Brings Decent Work To Reality

When we hear ‘donors’ or ‘volunteers’ (or both), the first thought that came up on our minds might not be professional work-related. It could be social work, or spiritual mission, or anything that puts professional work far away from the concept. Even though it’s not the first thought affiliated with the word ‘donor’ or ‘volunteer’, there are a lot of donors who dedicate themselves to a certain professional work environment or activity. As unlikely it is, it does exist. What’s more unlikely is how the existence of these donors actually pushes the ‘Decent Work’ Agenda closer to being fully realized.

Decent work, sounds simple. Literally, everyone who works must have this agenda, right? Yes, it is a common motivational standard or goal that everyone has, but the decent work agenda is actually something more specific. The Decent Work Agenda was officially developed in 1999 by the ILO. By now, it has become a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), placing the 8th agenda spot out of 17 agendas in total.

The point of that agenda is to push forward the growth of the ‘work side’ of life, from economy to productivity, from inclusivity in work organizations to employment. Did I say economy? Yes, the Decent Work Agenda is heavily related to the world of economy and finance. But donors and volunteers more likely move on the other side of the ‘work’ lane, not the economical or financial one. So how do donors and volunteers help the realization of the Decent Work Agenda?

Maria Ana Jalles d’Orey filed a report on ODI which depicts how the continuous existence of donors and volunteers (which keep popping on at this day and age) supports the Decent Work Agenda. You see, they don’t just support them, they actually finance them as well.

As d’Orey states “donors support and finance the four key dimensions of the Decent Work Agenda (employment creation, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue). It attempts to track levels of resources to the achievement of decent work and identify the gaps. This is done by looking at five Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) countries: France, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.”

Other than that, the existence of donors pushes open a lot of opportunities for the financial stream in the workforce to improve and flow goodly. With donors’ activities in improving the workforce and the development of the industry, they provide the right amount of space for the workers to work with. They also develop the workforce so the people in the workforce could be more effective and productive in their lines of work. Now with many lines of work touching improvement and development, then the results they made through their work also becomes better, with a more stable and reliable financial stream following them.

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Not to mention, a lot of donors and volunteers came from younger generations who are still in the middle of their educational years. So basically, they are starting out in volunteering before they continue working for their own financial needs. I mean, some volunteers continue their lives by staying as volunteers, but some of them end up in conventional works. So by the existence of volunteers, the workforce also has another guarantee of a better future, because the young volunteers would be taught and guided by the experiences they got from volunteering. With that, they will be promising candidates for the people who move into the workforce.

By allowing donors to take their course, they don’t just help the people they’re helping on their missions, they also affect the financial and economic workforce positively.

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