20 June 2007
VOSESA has conducted a cross-national study on civic service and volunteering in five southern African countries: Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The study focused on the form and extent of civic service programmes in these countries.
Its aim was to document and analyse civic service and volunteering, and to examine the implications for social development policy and practice in a regional context.
The research took place during 2005 and 2006, and the study was funded by the Global Service Institute at the Center for Social Development (CSD
) at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA.
The findings of the study give substantial insight into the form and structure of civic service and volunteering, as well as who serves and volunteers in these countries. The final country reports and the cross-country report that synthesises the findings from the five country reports, can be downloaded (in PDF) below: