The UNV Regional Manager, Tapiwa Kamuruko joined the Uganda Field Unit for the 2015 IVD celebrations where they participated in a 3kms march crowned by a market cleaning exercise. They also donated cleaning equipment to the market officials for future use. Mr. Kamuruko gave radio and newspaper interviews on the importance of volunteerism the in communities.
The event provided a unique opportunity for peer-to-peer learning through knowledge sharing not only among the UN Volunteers, but with the senior managers attending from the UNV Headquarters, UNDP Kenya and UNDP Somalia.
Maria-Threase Keating, Tapiwa Kamuruko and David Akopyan shared their personal volunteer experiences and career development journey to motivate and inspire the UN Volunteers.
Dr Tapiwa Clapperton Kamuruko is a social scientist with the United Nations and is based in Bonn, Germany. He has broad experience in the field of development especially in the design of development programmes, monitoring and evaluation. He has been involved with good governance and human rights initiatives in many countries of Africa and Asia.
Tapiwa Kamuruko, the UNV Regional Manager for Africa, while representing the Resident Coordinator, reminded the participants of the critical role of volunteers in realizing the recently launched global Sustainable Development Goals. He thus asked for the adoption of the National Volunteer Policy and highlighted the need for developing a strong national volunteer infrastructure to secure proper implementation of this policy.