Sierra Leone
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
8.8 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2014)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2014)
No data
Organization-based (ILO, 2014)
No data

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

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

No data

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?

Sierra Leone’s National Youth Service (NYS)

2017 View source

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


VNR Reporting

Advanced draft report on adaptation of the goals in Sierra Leone

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No mention No mention

Voluntary National Review on the SDGs

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 18

The 2030 Agenda recognizes the vital role of volunteers and Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs) in SDGs implementation. The CSO integrated platform in Sierra Leone has raised the voice of volunteers, as critical partners for achieving the SDGs. Volunteers are able to reach distant communities and contribute to data collection, validation and consultation processes in local communities.

Paragraph 2, page 42

National cleaning is another form of community mobilization using volunteers that improves health and sanitation.

No mention


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Paragraph 1, page 3

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has also been supportive in financing some technical sessions, as well as the Voluntary Service Overseas Sierra Leone for financing some aspects of the field data collection. We recognise all those who made contributions to the preparation of this report that we could not mention here.

No mention
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