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How online volunteers bring added value for strengthening peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UN Online Volunteers are a fast, professional and highly efficient resource for MONUSCO’s activities

07 Aug 2017
Design of a poster showing two children and the slogan in French "Recuitment of children is a crime".

In its aim to protect civilians, humanitarian workers and human rights defenders under imminent threat of physical violence, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) engages military and civilian personnel, police, and UN Volunteers in its daily operations. Activities range from protecting children’s rights to justice support, often in challenging and even dangerous environments.

Since April 2016, UN Online Volunteers are supporting MONUSCO from right where they live in Brazil, France, Senegal, or India, to help deliver visually appealing and timely reports, or to design campaign posters and logos that speak to the local population and inspire vivid participation for MONUSCO’s campaigns and awareness raising events.

The online volunteers have contributed the French translation of the MONUSCO International Security and Stabilization Support Strategy (ISSSS) 2016 annual report, as well as the report’s layout, infographics and design. As part of International African Child Day celebrations, MONUSCO’s Child Protection Section engaged an online volunteer to create a logo for an awareness campaign about the recruitment of child soldiers. The logo was printed on posters, flyers, and banners, which were distributed across the North Kivu region to sensitize local communities and armed groups on the impact that the recruitment of child soldiers would have on them.

Fabien Faivre, based in UNV’s Field Support Office in Goma, helped facilitate MONUSCO’s involvement of online volunteers. “I really think that working with online volunteers is helping us save a lot of time, especially in a peacekeeping environment where we often need information in two-language versions – English and French – fast,” he says. “There is also a lot of information out there for which often not the right tools or designs are used. Thanks to their outstanding professionalism and speed in which they provide support, the UN Online Volunteers really bring added value and are making an impact on the messages we are sharing.”

Poster image: © MONUSCO / Deborah Sommers

The Team

  • Photo of UN Online Volunteer César Augusto Ortelan Perri

    César Augusto Ortelan Perri


    Works as a freelance designer and designed the ISSSS annual report and infographics.

    "Every day I see how design can contribute to the UN and how the UN is interested in everything that design can do: from training manuals to
    fundraising and awareness campaigns... there are endless possibilities!“

  • Photo of UN Online Volunteer Sylvie Dubord

    Sylvie Dubord


    Works as translator and copy editor, with over 20 years experience in marketing and communication. She translated the ISSSS annual report into French.

    “Becoming a UN Online Volunteer has definitely changed my perspective of the world. I learned so much about people, current global issues and all the efforts made to address them.”

  • Photo of UN Online Volunteer Gabrielle Compas-Dumonteil

    Gabrielle Compas-Dumonteil

    New Zealand

    She has degrees in European Law and Legal Translation and has translated articles and newsletters for MONUSCO.

    “When I see the document I have translated being used, and when I see it published on the website, it is a rewarding moment every time.”

  • Stylized image of UN Online Volunteer Deborah Sommers

    Deborah Sommers


    She worked as in-house art director for agencies in Hong Kong and Paris, and now as freelancer. She designed several posters for MONUSCO’s campaigns and events.

    “I became rather tired of working on accounts which were only about profit. Online volunteering gave me a chance to choose what interested and challenged me creatively while feeling that I was contributing towards something worthy. There is a lot of appreciation on the receiving end for the work being done and as I am being chosen for my particular style there is a lot of creative freedom as well.”