Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
4.8 million
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2015)
No data
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2015)
Organization-based (ILO, 2015)

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

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

No data

VNR Reporting

Ireland: Voluntary National Review 2018

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 16

By supporting long-term development and providing humanitarian assistance in over 80 countries, Ireland is helping to build better futures for some of the world’s poorest people and communities by reducing vulnerability and increasing opportunity. Irish people, including many volunteers, are also making a unique contribution to the Global SDGs, often working with partners to inspire new ways of thinking to ensure that no-one is left behind. The knowledge and cultural exchange resulting from these experiences benefits not only our partner countries, but also Ireland and Irish people too.’

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