Volunteer statistics (ILO)*
Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit https://ilostat.ilo.org/topics/volunteer-work/
Total volunteering by type
Total volunteering by age group
Total volunteering by gender
Direct volunteering by gender
Organization-based volunteering by gender
- Social Survey
Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering
Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?
Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?
Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?
Voluntary National ReviewView source
Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs
Paragraph 1, page 17
Many civil society organisations, like corporations, have begun to link their work and strategy to the SDGs. Many civil society organisations are maintained by voluntary efforts, which demonstrates the importance of volunteering in implementing SDGs.
Paragraph 2, page 29
The Icelandic government launched a pilot project in Malawi with the WFP on locally grown school meals in three elementary schools in Iceland’s cooperation district, Mangochi District, in 2012. The project was one aspect of combating hunger and malnutrition, but also had many other goals, such as reducing students’ dropout rate and supporting local farmers with steady business. All the practical arrangements for the school meals are in the hands of a large number of volunteers connected with the schools. In each school, there is a food committee that handles shopping and cooking and ensures that sufficient water and firewood are available.
Paragraph 3, page 97
Companies, civil society and schools have also been actively involved, spending a full or half day as volunteers in the area, planting, fertilising and sowing. In parallel with this, volunteers receive instruction on the area and recovery work.