Lebanon
Region
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
93
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
6.1 million

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/

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Measurement work

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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

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

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

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VNR Reporting

Voluntary National Review (VNR) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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CSOs in Lebanon date back beyond the birth of the country and stem from a spirit of volunteerism. According to MoSA’s latest records, by April 2014 there were 8,311 registered CSOs and an additional 180 youth and sports clubs. Many CSOs are working on SDGs through various programmes.

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There is a long history about CSOs in Lebanon that dates back even before the born of the country which evolves out of a spirit of volunteerism.

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Encourage volunteer work and make use of local skills (NVSP program)

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On another front, the government promotes volunteerism in Lebanon, by including it as an objective in the 2011 National Social Development Strategy. A National Permanent Committee on Volunteering was established by the Council of Ministers in 2002 with defined roles and consists of delegates from public institutions, civil society, media, university student associations, private sectors and international organizations. MoSA has allocated resources since 2011 into the National Volunteer Service Program (NVSP) of the ministry in particular to promote youth civic engagement across the country through volunteering. MOSA also allocates funds for its Volunteer Work Department to organize 2-week summer camps, one in every governorate ‘Mouhafaza’ (5 in total) involving students and youth in soft and conflict resolution skills trainings and engaging them in volunteering initiatives. Also, MEHE initiated the Community Service project in public and private schools in September 2012 (decree number 8924), and it was re-activated in all public and private schools starting from the academic year 2016 -2017, in accordance with the provisions of MEHE resolution 607/M/2016 and the guidelines of the Community Service Project Guide and its annexes. The project consists of 60 hours service over three years of secondary school cycle and aims to prepare students to exert YES influence in the society and to exercise participatory citizenship through volunteering. MEHE figures identify 70,000 students in the three years of the secondary cycle by 60 hours of community service results in 4.2 million hours of volunteerism among students.

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