Stockholm, Sweden, 7 April 2015.
Drawing lessons and experiences from the Listening Studies that took place in Sudan and South Sudan in 2015, the remaining four Listening Studies took place from January to April 2016 in Honduras (January 18-29); Ukraine (14-24 February); Afghanistan (3-11 March); and Myanmar (23 March-4 April).
In each country, volunteers and stakeholders, including those who have direct responsibility related to volunteering development, participated in listening sessions in both individual and group formats. As with the previous two Listening Studies in Sudan and South Sudan, the “listening methodology” was used in all sessions to allow for participants to express their own priorities and issues without being led or influenced by a set of pre-determined questions from the listeners. With the conclusion of the Listening Study in Myanmar, we have now concluded all planned Listening Studies in the six countries selected for this initial phase.
In total, the ViCE initiative has listened to 282 people, of which 198 were volunteers (78 female, 120 male), and 84 were stakeholders (28 female, 56 male), which include staff of National Societies, ICRC, IFRC, local NGOs and state actors.
All sessions were recorded except two where the participants exercised their right not to be recorded. In those cases, the listeners took notes to the best of their abilities, and rough transcripts were produced from these sessions. For all other, recordings were submitted to a professional transcription and translation company, and then reviewed by the ViCE Team for quality.