Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
1428.6 milion

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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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?


Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?

National Policy on the Voluntary Sector

2007 View source

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


Name of specific policy, strategy or plan on volunteering at the national level. Year created Source link What are the relevant SDG areas/crosscutting themes of the policy, plan scheme or strategy?
National Youth Policy 2014 2014 View source
National Youth Corps (amalgamation of National Service Volunteer Scheme (NSVS 1977-78) and the Rashtriya Sadbhawana Yojana (RSY 2005) 2010 View source

VNR Reporting

Voluntary National Review Report on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals

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No mention No mention

Voluntary National Review - India

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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TEACH GAJAPATI. The initiative implemented in Gajapati district of Odisha, which is one of the Aspirational Districts, enables willing government officers and other educated volunteers to enrol as teachers and take 15 sessions per subject followed by tests, culminating in substantial improvements in learning outcomes in these schools.

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SWEEKRUTI SCHEME: The scheme was formulated by the Government of Odisha to provide equal opportunities and protect the rights of the transgender community. The key strategies of the scheme include surveying and identifying all transgender persons in the State, assisting the parents of transgender children and providing pre- and post-matric scholarships, skill upgradation and entrepreneurship development training by strengthening selfhelp groups, providing support for critical health care and group insurance support for transgender persons, providing legal aid, counselling and guidance services for transgender persons, organising awareness and sensitisation campaigns on rights of transgender persons, and providing training to staff and volunteers.

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The children are identified through the Police Department’s Janta Durbars (Public Meetings) organised in vulnerable areas. Teachers of government schools, elders, social workers and volunteers have been roped in as resource persons for teaching the students. There are over 120 such dedicated teachers, who render their services to help the students matriculate. Each centre has a coordinator who prepares the routine and assigns classes to the teachers. The programme has seen active participation from a large section of community members.

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As illustrated above, the approaches and interventions to ‘leave no one behind’ are crucial to India’s implementation of SDGs. Recognising this, the country has consciously adopted a paradigm shift from a ‘whole of government’ to ‘a whole of society’ approach by engaging all key stakeholders: subnational and local Governments, CSOs, volunteers, communities at the grassroots and the private sector in a collaborative process of adoption, implementation and evaluation of the SDG agenda, thereby making it a genuinely inclusive process.

No mention

UNSDCF Reporting

Government of India and the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027

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Volunteering integrated into the narrative text of the UNSDCF

Volunteering integrated into the UNSDCF Results and Reporting Framework

Volunteering integrated in relation to gender equality and/or women’s empowerment

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The UN in India will contribute to ensuring equitable access to quality education at all levels, imparting twenty-first-century skills and life skills, in alignment with national policies and programmes, particularly the NEP 2020, Samagra Shiksha, School Health & Wellness Programme under Ayushman Bharat Programme, NIPUN Bharat and Vidyanjali (school volunteer programme). The UN system’s work will be guided by the overarching principles of gender equality, “leave no one behind”, youth empowerment and participation and volunteerism. The UN support will also seek to bolster evidence generation and ensuring availability of disaggregated data.

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Engaging families, volunteers and local communities, including local statutory bodies, to ensure delivery of quality education.

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Engaging with families, volunteers and local communities, including local statutory bodies, to ensure the quality of education will be a key strategy of the UN system.

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Contributing agencies: UNFPA, UNHCR, UNODC and UN Women with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) as a partner.

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The UN system will advocate for decent work, job creation, volunteering opportunities, social protection, rights at work and social dialogue. Joint UN action would focus on enhancing employability by strengthening the capacity of skill ecosystem actors; facilitating education-to-employment transitions; promoting apprenticeships; supporting local economic development strategies; volunteering for skilling including Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and upgrading of livelihoods through entrepreneurship opportunities and flagship public schemes. 

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The UN system will specifically contribute towards evidence-based planning by: volunteering for skilling including Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and upgrading of livelihoods through entrepreneurship opportunities and flagship public schemes.

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The UN agencies will engage with and strengthen collaboration and partnerships with relevant government ministries and departments at the national and state levels. In addition, partnerships with CSOs, organizations that promote volunteering, academia, think tanks, women collectives and youth groups will be strengthened.

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4.1.2: Number of individuals equipped with employable skills and supported with finance, market access and linkages to schemes for enhanced access to livelihood and volunteerism opportunities.

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