Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
11.7 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2019)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2019)
Organization-based (ILO, 2019)

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
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2014
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


Belgian Law on volunteering

Year 2006
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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?


VNR Reporting

Pathways to Sustainable Development First Belgian National Voluntary Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 36

The Belgian association Ex-ChangeExpertise sends expert volunteers to various African countries to transfer competences in finance (to microcredit structures), hospitality services, SME training, agronomy (to cooperatives) and epidemiology (8.3).

No mention

Voluntary National Review 2023

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

No mention

Paragraph 1, page 113

Larger municipalities tend to have higher poverty rates and therefore undertake various initiatives, including in the context of free time. For example, the city of Genk (more than 67,000 inhabitants) organises volunteer talent coaches who explore various leisure activities with preschoolers from vulnerable families (e.g., newcomers). The coach tailors their approach to the family and makes every decision in consultation with the parents according to the self-reliance of the child after the course. The city government provides training for the coaches and works with various partners to direct families toward the project.

Paragraph 2, page 114

Another example is the 'Caring Neigbourhoods', in which 133 Flemish and Brussels municipalities participate. The programme focuses on strengthening the social fabric and solidarity, connecting informal and formal care and intersectoral cooperation (e.g. welfare partners, housing, youth, spatial planning). During the corona pandemic, municipal governments took additional measures to ensure much-needed civic services. Volunteers or municipal staff called elderly residents, and municipalities set up emergency hotlines for residents in need of a chat. In this way, municipalities tackled loneliness and identified care needs.

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