Programme Review

Update: April 2021


In August 2020, the Members passed five Programme Review motions. They approved two minor changes to our camp delegation structure and agreed three guiding principles. An implementation plan has been agreed, and a Summary of Changes to Programmes is now available.

Update: September 2020

The final decision on whether to accept the recommendations for major programme changes can only be made by our Members. 

At the Virtual General Meeting of 22 August, Members were asked to vote on a number of Programme Review related motions. You can read the detail of all the motions presented here. 

The decisions Members had to take this year were big ones, and ones that are not easy to make. That is why we gave Members two ‘annual cycles’ to discuss and debate, both internationally and within their NAs. We have said from the beginning that we believe all of our programmes have positive impact and we know that letting some of them go was not easy, even for ones who voted in favour. 

The Programme Review motions brought forward this year, all passed with a healthy majority 

The Members have therefore agreed to the following principles: 

  • CISV is for everyone, but our International Programmes are for under 18 
  • CISV offers camp-based international educational experiences 
  • CISV offers one camp per age group, focused on the unique aspects of that age 

That means that down the road, our International Programme offering will look like this: 

Phase 1: Delegation Programmes 

  • Village – 11 
  • Youth Meeting – 12-13 
  • Step Up – 14 or 15 

Phase 2: Individual Participation / Leadership Development Focus 

  • Junior Counsellor – 16-17 
  • Seminar Camp – 17 

Phase 3: Leadership Roles 

In addition, the Members approved 2 minor changes to our camp delegation structure: 

  • Step Ups will now have 10 delegations (instead of 9) 
  • Youth Meetings will have 8 delegations of 4 (instead of 5 delegations of 6) 

How quickly will these changes happen? 

2022 is the earliest that any changes will take effect. Over the next months, we will be creating a detailed plan for the implementation phase to make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone. We are sure many of you have many questions and we ask for your patience as we build out the details of how exactly this transition will happen. 

In the meantime, we’d encourage people to discuss the review and its outcome in their National Associations and to keep an open mind as we look ahead. 

Update: January 2020

2019 was a busy year for the programme review. We completed and published our recommendations and rationale for them.  Throughout the year we sought views about this and feedback from National Associations’ Board meetings, town halls, Regional Meetings, and the International Junior Branch Conference has been invaluable.

What’s happening next

As always, the final decision on whether to accept the recommendations for major programme changes will be made by our Members.

The Board will share our approach to bringing this to Members in February.

As normal, The Board will publish draft motions before the Regional Meetings for Members to discuss in advance.  Both Board members and senior managers will be attending the Regional Meetings.   This year, draft motions will be published in March.

Members, as usual, will then vote virtually on all 2020 motions in July.

We understand that some people will still have a lot of questions, and we’d encourage people to discuss the review in their National Associations using the information on our website. You may also find our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page helpful.


You can find previous updates here


Previous Town Halls

You can watch videos of the previous Programme Review Town Halls below.

28 September, 2019


7 September, 2019


14 July, 2019


7 July, 2019


6 April, 2019

If  you have any questions about the Programme Review Recommendations, please email the Governing Board.

For more information, visit Programme Review FAQs.


The Programme Review Process

The project , which was undertaken by consultants PwC and an internal team, was planned for three phases that took place over approximately a year:

Phase 1 Early Assessment, from December 2017 to March 2018. This involved a great deal of research by the consultants, based on CISV documentation and external data. It gave us the foundation for the work in the next phase.

Phase 2 Deep Dive, from March to December 2018 – where we looked into things in much greater detail. We ran a workshop at each 2018 Regional Meeting to explain the process, share some early findings, and asked for input and questions. The focus of this Phase was to seek input from our stakeholders across the organization, particularly to understand the local contexts for hosting and participating in our programmes. Then, from May – December, we sent out surveys, organized small-group virtual workshops, and other forums for discussion and input. This included a session at the Global Conference, where we presented the early findings for discussion.

Phase 3 Consolidation, from December 2018 to February 2019. The consultants finished their internal and external analysis work and pulled together all the information and input they have got from CISV and CISVers. The internal team did the same. They sent their reports and recommendations to the Board. The Board approved the recommendations and published them.