Region
Africa
Countries
45
Total Population (2019)
1055.7 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/

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct/Informal volunteering by gender

Organization-based/Formal volunteering by gender

Measurement work

11 countries have measured volunteer work at least once since 2007.
The data in this section is collected by the International Labour Organization from national statistics offices. 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, see the ILO website

Data sources

  • Census
  • Labour Force Survey
  • Social Survey
  • Time Use Survey
  • Other

Measurement per year

 

Laws, policies and schemes

20 countries have a piece of legislation relevant to volunteering.
National laws on volunteering provide a framework for volunteer arrangements See the definition here.

National policies, schemes, plans and strategies specific to volunteering

National laws on volunteering provide a framework for volunteer arrangements. See the definition here

National policies, schemes, plans and strategies specific to volunteering tagged according to SDGs

Cross-cutting
17
1
3
4
5
8
10
11
16

Number of countries with policies, schemes, strategies and plans specific to volunteering

 
Number of countries with policies, schemes, strategies and plans specific to volunteeringNumber of countries with NO DATA

National sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, plans, schemes and strategies that mention volunteering

A wide range of sectoral and cross-sectoral policies and schemes can impact on volunteering in a particular context. See the definitionhere

Sectors covered by national policies, plans, schemes and strategies that mention volunteering

Number of countries with national sectoral and cross-sectoral policies, plans, schemes and strategies that mention volunteering

 
Countries with national cross-sectoral policies, plans, schemes and strategies that mention volunteeringNumber of countries with NO DATA

VNR reporting

In 2020, 7/14 countries have mentioned volunteering in their Voluntary National Reviews on their SDG progress.

Mentions of volunteering related to specific SDGs

8
11
Cross-cutting
1
3
6
16
2
4
5
7
9
10
12
13
14
15
17
 

Annual VNRs that mention volunteering