Bhutan
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
134
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
0.8 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

Data source

  • 2007
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
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  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

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?

No data

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

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VNR Reporting

Bhutan’s Voluntary National Review Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 14

One of the 9 pillars of happiness: Community vitality: The domain attempts to focus on the strengths and weaknesses of relationships and interaction within communities. The domain gathers information on social cohesion among family members and neighbours, and on practices like volunteering.

Transformations for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century - Bhutan’s Second Voluntary National Review Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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The De-Suung (Guardian of Peace) Programme was conceived and instituted by His Majesty over a decade ago—as a value-based personal development programme to encourage greater citizen engagement in nation-building. Built on the spirit of volunteerism, it advocates for sense of community, harmony and cooperation. Since its inception, the trainees/graduates or De- Suups have actively engaged in various voluntary initiatives, especially in post-disaster relief operations. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, De-Suups have been providing voluntary services as frontline workers. Services range from assisting security forces in patrolling border areas, to assisting with coordination efforts for public services, delivery of essential items during lockdowns, facilitating the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols in public places, among other essential tasks. In view of the critical role being played by these volunteers in supporting national efforts to deal with the pandemic, the Accelerated and Specialized Training Programme for Desuups was initiated with a focus on engaging unemployed youth. Thousands of young Bhutanese signed up to join the programme, and today there more than 22,000 De-suups in the country.

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Bhutan’s success in handling the health impacts of the global pandemic is attributed to the strong leadership and close guidance of His Majesty The King, supported by the concerted efforts of an able government, health personnel and others in public service—including a large number of volunteers—who worked intensely to put into place and execute a coordinated national preparedness plan.

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