SWVR 2015

State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2015: Transforming governance

United Nations Volunteers
Arab States
Asia and the Pacific
Europe and Central Asia
Latin America and the Caribbean
North America
State of the World’s Volunteerism

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  • The 2015 report was the first global review of the power of volunteer voices to help improve how people are governed. 


Drawing on evidence from countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya and Lebanon, it shows how ordinary people are volunteering their time, energy and skills to improve governance and engagement at local, national and global levels. 

The report highlights that better governance at every level is essential to meet the new targets for the Sustainable Development Goals.  

It advocates volunteerism as an additional resource and vehicle for harnessing skills, knowledge and expertise. It shows how volunteerism can enable voice and participation, accountability and responsiveness, which are fundamental to good governance, and can complement other development solutions and resources.