Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in a common cause that benefits the entire community and tackles development challenges.

Volunteerism bring a positive change in society as well as in individuals. Read more  about best practices, successes and impact of volunteering in following publications.

The Hida brothers, Ramazan (top) and Mateo (bottom), have participated inproject activities to improve the integration of Roma and Egyptian minorities in Tirana, Albania. Ramazan has volunteered in awareness campaigns related to health, family planning and the prevention of HIV/AIDS and sexually-transmitted infections. (Gavin White/UNV, 2011)

Inspiring Youth

UNV Annual Report ‘Inspiring Youth’, shows the powerful force of youth volunteerism. Often a large part of the population, youth represent a valuable resource to respond to peace and development challenges within their communities. In 1976, the UN expanded the mandate of UNV to include advancing the role of youth in contributing to economic and social progress and development. UNV has created opportunities for youth to become engaged and to build their skills through volunteer action.


State of World’s Volunteerism Report

The first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was launched at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States, on 5 December 2011 and about 80 countries around the world. The report examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion and disaster risk reduction. By suggesting how volunteerism can be taken forward, the SWVR also provides an alternative vision of a better society.
The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report shows that, in most societies around the world, volunteers make significant contributions to economic and social development. Through their voluntary actions, millions of people are contributing to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

VOLUNTEERISM: Harnessing the Potential to Develop Cambodiadoc

Cambodia has a wide range of volunteer programs and projects with significant youth representation. Volunteers can make a valuable contribution in virtually any sector of development. The Royal Government’s Rectangular Strategy and the Cambodian Development Millennium Goals for example offer a broad range of goals and challenges towards which volunteers could make a difference, such as reducing poverty, making basic education and literacy accessible to all, improving health and well being, enhancing food security, gender equality, environmental protection, good governance, etc.

Making a Difference : An Assesment of Volunteer Interventions Addressing Gender-based Violence in Cambodia

This publication was prepared by UNV volunteers Ms. Clara Magariño Manero and Ms. Manuela  Popovici, supported by the regional UN Joint Programme “Partners for Prevention: working with boys and men to prevent gender-based violence” and UNV Cambodia.

The study analyzes the interventions where volunteerism has played or is playing a significant role in the prevention of and response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Cambodia. Download in English and Khmer.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme developed theVolunteer Toolkit to enhance the effectiveness of volunteer management and the skills of volunteers to become good advocates of volunteerism for peace and development

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