State of the World’s Volunteerism

State of the World’s Volunteerism

What is the SWVR?

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) is a flagship United Nations publication that strengthens understanding of volunteerism and shows its universality, scope and reach in the twenty-first century.

The SWVR examines the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development based on a specific theme.

Produced every three years, the SWVR aims to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism worldwide. 

What are its unique features?
  • Robust evidence

    The report is based on primary and secondary research on the emerging trends of volunteerism worldwide to better inform policy and practice on volunteerism for development. UNV also convenes stakeholders as part of the global research agenda on volunteerism.

  • Diverse voices

    Each report forms part of a global conversation about the role of volunteerism in development. It brings together think tanks, Member States and academia, engaging them in debates on active citizenship and other relevant development topics.

  • Policy implications

    Each report exposes gaps in action, policy and practice, alongside trends, all of which must be addressed to harness volunteerism for development. It also provides specific policy and implementation actions targeting Member States, development peace and humanitarian actors on how to nurture volunteerism most effectively as part of a development challenge.

What are the key findings of the 2018 State of the World's Volunteerism Report?



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