Panama
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
67
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
4.2 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/

No data

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

Yes
Ley No. 091 sobre el Voluntariado en la República de Panamá / Law No. 091 on Volunteering in Panama
Year 2014
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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

Informe Voluntario Panama

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No mention

Informe Nacional Voluntario

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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In terms of social welfare, an Action Plan for promotion, prevention and intervention was developed. It contains a care protocol that offers guidance to centres providing welfare services, thus contributing to the development of interventions for families and communities. Similarly, in the face of the health crisis, multidisciplinary teams for visits and operations have been formed and the Voluntario Solidario volunteerism scheme is being run with the support of the National Council of Volunteering. The goal is to have as many people supporting as possible, observing strict health protocols. These volunteers will help Panamanian families access the food they need during the crisis.

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Thanks to corporate and youth volunteering, food parcels and digital vouchers can be distributed.

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In terms of social welfare, an Action Plan for promotion, prevention and intervention was developed. It contains a care protocol that offers guidance to centres providing welfare services, thus contributing to the development of interventions for families and communities. Similarly, in the face of the health crisis, multidisciplinary teams for visits and operations have been formed and the Voluntario Solidario volunteerism scheme is being run with the support of the National Council of Volunteering. The goal is to have as many people supporting as possible, observing strict health protocols. These volunteers will help Panamanian families access the food they need during the crisis.

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Achievements [...] 84 institutions that do volunteer work on a permanent basis.

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In addition, the intention is to strengthen the institutions responsible for responding to natural disasters so that they have the capacity to anticipate and respond with the necessary speed, in order to prevent or reduce loss of life; [...] to promote and support volunteering in natural disaster anticipation and response;[...].

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Youth participation is critical; therefore, the following institutional mechanisms for participation are established: The National Youth Plan 2020-2030, the National Youth Network for the SDGs and the National Volunteering Service, which encourages and incentivizes young people to volunteer in order to raise awareness of community issues.

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Other youth support projects set up by the Ministry of Social Development are the community intervention strategy ENFOCA [...], the National Volunteer Service and the part-time work scheme, Padrino Empresario.

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Other elements include: [...] promoting and supporting volunteering in the context of natural disaster anticipation and response [...].

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The Inguz voluntary service of the Association of Psychology Students (AEPSI), Colón. - Creation of voluntary services in schools.

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