Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
17.1 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

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Measurement work

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    • Time Use Survey
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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


Ley Orgánica de Participación Cuidadana/ Law on Citizen Participation (Art. 38 is on volunteering and development)

Year 2010
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Article 97 of the Constitution recognizes volunteering as way of social participation.

Year 2008
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?


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


VNR Reporting

Examen Nacional Voluntario

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 193

The ODSLab is a platform for entrepreneurs, jointly coordinated with ConQuito, Impaqto, Jóvenes por los ODS, United Nations Volunteers, Hult Prize and SDSN Youth. Students interested in participating should submit business ideas motivated by solving a social or environmental problem. The best projects are selected to receive advice and form part of an innovation network to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Paragraph 2, page 184

Fundación Telefónica provides support through educational workshops on art, leadership, creativity, computer programming and psychological care for vulnerable children in this area and their families, covering 69,774 beneficiaries. The Voluntarios Telefónica scheme has helped set up nine “prochild” centres, with a daily total of 555 children and adolescents participating in Manta, Portoviejo, Pedernales, Muisne and Bahía de Caráquez.

Informe Nacional Voluntario

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