Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2019)
Population ( UNFPA, 2019)
201.0 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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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 Inclusive Volunteerism for Nigeria


2021 View source

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


VNR Reporting

Implementation of the SDGs. A National Voluntary Review

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

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Finally, some states are operating the ‘Volunteer Corps Scheme’ for unemployed graduates desirous of operating their own business with the objective of imparting skills to graduates and enable them access funds to commence small businesses. [...] Civil Society Organizations Policy Initiatives for Goal 1. Most CSOs partner with donors and Government in implementing programmes to end hunger in Nigeria. The ‘Fresh and Young Brains’ Development Initiatives’ (FBIN) focuses on agriculture, entrepreneurship andclimate change under the organization’s Youth Farm (Yfarm) and Volunteer for Life (VFL) projects aimed at empowering young people to be economically independent and be able to generate own incomes.

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National Youth Service Corps ( NYSC)/SDGs Champions in Nigeria: This is an NYSC/SDGs Office partnership to organize groups of Corps members who are expected to be drawn from the thirty-six States of the Federation and the FCT, during every cohort of the National Youth Service Scheme. They are to serve as the youth advocates on SDGs in the various communities where they will be deployed for their Community Development National Voluntary Service. The primary purpose of this partnership is to facilitate a countrywide and community-based continuous sensitization on SDGs for improved awareness, citizens’ participation and community ownership of SDGs projects and programmes.

Voluntary National Review

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Research reveals that only a third of youths aged 15–24 have full-time jobs, compared to two-thirds of the workforce as a whole (World Bank 2019). The emerging picture thus shows that young people in Nigeria are more likely to face difficulties securing full-time employment and are more likely to become wholly idle or take up part-time, leisure or voluntary work. Many will take on otherwise menial work which is under 20 hours a week and are thus more likely to be considered unemployed and underemployed (NBS 2018).

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