Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
6.0 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2018)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2018)
No data
Organization-based (ILO, 2018)
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

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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


National Council of Social Service Act

Year 1992
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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?


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?
Singapore Armed Forces Act: Singapore Armed Forces (Volunteers) Regulations 1991 View source

VNR Reporting

Towards a sustainable and resilient Singapore: Singapore’s Voluntary National Review Report to the 2018 UN HighLevel Political Forum on Sustainable Development

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Reporting on volunteering connected to matters of gender equality, women's empowerment or similar

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We will continue to engage and partner these community groups to enhance support for vulnerable groups and ensure that no one is left behind. Through the “SG Cares” movement, we will mobilise volunteers and bring partners with different resources to work with us to care for those in need.

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There are also various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) which deliver meals to low-income families.

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To maximise the learning potential of children with moderate-to-severe SEN, specialised curricula have been introduced in the 20 Government-funded Special Education (SPED) schools, which are run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) in close consultation with MOE.

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The Women’s Register was established by the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO), to assist women who would like to volunteer their services to the community, make new connections in social and professional arenas, and obtain support and guidance from women leaders. [...] For instance, as of 2016, women make up 45% of the volunteers in grassroots organisations under the People’s Association, which is a network of 1,800 grassroots organisations.

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Thus, community outreach and stewardship programmes are vital in encouraging nature conservation efforts with members of the public and other stakeholders. Building on the pool of volunteers nurtured through community engagement projects like the Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey, the MCAP keeps these volunteers engaged in nature appreciation and conservation through talks and workshops, SCUBA diving, citizen science activities and nature ambassador opportunities.

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Another initiative under CIN is the Citizen Science programme. Volunteers conduct surveys of various animal groups, such as butterflies, birds and dragonflies.

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Access to our justice system is important to ensure inclusivity and effectiveness. Pro bono legal services are provided through a partnership between the Government, the Law Society of Singapore, various volunteers and volunteer welfare organisations.

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In a significant shift of policy, the Government started direct funding of criminal legal aid since 2015. This was supported by a significant increase in resources from volunteer lawyers and law firms. The number of CLAS applicants who received full representation or unbundled legal services increased fourfold between 2014 and 2017

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Building a sustainable, resilient & inclusive Singapore

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Reporting on volunteering connected to matters of gender equality, women's empowerment or similar

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Community Link (ComLink) is a nationwide initiative that undertakes a family-centric approach to supporting lower-income households by reaching out to families to understand their needs and aspirations, co-developing an action plan catered to their circumstances, and bringing together community partners and volunteers to support the family as they work towards stability, self-reliance, and social mobility. Community partners, corporates, and volunteers also help to develop customised programmes and services that meet the specific needs of families in each of the 21 ComLink communities across Singapore.


SG Cares Volunteer Centres, operated by community-based organisations, have been established in Singapore’s 24 towns to identify areas of need, deploy volunteers, and channel resources to address them and plug the gaps through community partnerships.


In 2022, the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre organised CoLabs for lower-income families and identified solution spaces to create a more enabling environment to empower low-income families.

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The Women’s Health Committee, comprising stakeholders from community outreach and advocacy organisations, healthcare partners, and Government Engaging Stakeholders agencies, actively looks at equipping all female Singapore residents with knowledge and skills to improve their health and well-being. Programmes include talks on cancer awareness and early detection conducted in schools, as well as workshops that equip volunteers with the knowledge on bone health and skills to administer the Osteoporosis Self-Assessment Tool for Asians for seniors.

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On a broader level, Singapore believes in a Whole-of Nation effort to reinforce a supportive social culture that encourages personal and family responsibility. Social policies are designed to empower the vulnerable and are complemented by a spirit of community volunteerism and giving.

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Quote by Farah Sanwari, Founder of Repair Kopitiam: “I founded Repair Kopitiam, an initiative that organises monthly community repair meetings to repair items, from broken electrical appliances to damaged furniture, to combat the throw-away culture. Through the efforts of our volunteers, our society is now more aware of their consumption by ensuring that things are durable and repairable.”

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