1>> Complementing essential basic services where they are lacking or where they are insufficient;
2>> Mobilizing people to develop a sense of ownership and awareness about the challenges they are facing, for example to leverage collective action and attitude changes in areas such as environmental protection or sustainable consumption patterns;
3>> Enhancing the effectiveness of peace and development efforts through participatory forms of monitoring and accountability. Local volunteers would be especially suited to assess progress and leverage local expertise;
4>> Building trust as well as ‘bridging social capital’ between diverse people who are not used to interacting with each other: by working side by side toward a common goal, volunteers overcome long-encrusted barriers and re-create lost solidarity, including in urban and diverse societies;
5>> Building resilience and preparedness through concrete community action, enhancing knowledge and a sense of responsibility for one’s community;
6>> Building skills across different areas: their own, as in the case of youth volunteers who gain skills enhancing their employability, as well as the skills of others, through transfer of knowledge and experience.