Kenya
Region
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
147
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
52.2 million
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2016)
118
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2016)
No data
Organization-based (ILO, 2016)
No data

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/

2016

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
    • Census
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
    • Other
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

Yes

Draft National Law on Volunteering 

Year 2020
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

Yes

Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?

National Volunteerism Policy

2015 No data

National Youth Volunteer Scheme 

2019 No data

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

Yes

Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?
National Youth Policy   2007 View source
National Youth Council 2009 View source

VNR Reporting

Implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development in Kenya

View source
No mention

Second Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

View source

Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 22

Volunteers - Since 2016, volunteers have helped the country’s efforts in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda. The volunteers have intervened on most of the goals, mainly those that directly touch on the people and communities (1,3,4,6,8,13,15, and 16). They have reached 489,937 people with information and practical means to strengthen their immediate and long-term welfare and livelihoods. They have also sought to bring peace and justice in conflict hotspots, and in the process helped achieve good health and well-being, climate change and gender equality (SDGs 3, 5, 12, 13, 16 and 17). The groups also focus on empowering the youth through employment and entrepreneurship. The Jukumu Letu Community Organisation (JLCBO), for example, mobilised volunteer teachers from the community that enabled 1,000 out of school children access education (SDG4) in Mathare slums in Kenya capital’s Nairobi.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) mobilised and deployed 266 volunteers in Kenya with its partners to mainly support the achievement of SDGs 3, 5, 12, 13, 16 and 17. These efforts helped national efforts aimed at achieving peace and justice in conflict hotspots, good health and well-being, climate change and gender equality. The Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) in Kenya, through the Empowered Youth for Employment and Entrepreneurship programme, engaged 548 volunteers who offered 30,000 youth with employability and entrepreneurship skills trainings. 15,600 of those trained got employment and entrepreneurship opportunities (SDGs 5, 6, 7, and 8). The Presidential Awards Kenya engaged 14,725 graduate volunteers who held out medical camps across the country benefitting 294,500 people. The camps offered general check-ups, advisory services, and follow-ups. They also assisted in referrals for specialised treatments. The community benefited by getting access to improved healthcare. The volunteers further offered voluntary health related services in schools.

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