Service Enquiry, a research on volunteering in Latin America soon online
27 September 2007

The second volume of Service Enquiry focuses on Civic Service and Volunteering in Latin America and the Caribbean. The book is structured in three parts: Part One provides an overview of volunteering and civic service in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and makes the case for volunteering as a tool for social development and democratisation.

Part 2 focuses on the extent to which volunteering and service find expression in the policy and legislative frameworks of various LAC countries. Part 3 explores the emergence of youth service in the LAC region and examines the conditions under which voluntary service fosters youth development and youth participation in society.  

Twenty-four authors participated in producing this volume of 13 chapters and provide a range of perspectives on the role of volunteering and service in building democratic societies in the Latin American and Caribbean region.

The book makes a significant contribution to the field by providing examples of the role of service and volunteering in advancing political change in the Latin American region during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s through solidarity, increased participation and a passionate belief in the idea that citizenship involves much more than the periodic right to vote.

The authors examine the role of public policy in developing the voluntary sector and offer a range of insights on the potential for partnership between the state, civil society agencies, faith-based organisations and the private sector in strengthening democratic practice, combating poverty and reducing wealth disparities through service and volunteering.  

This volume is the product of a partnership between VOSESA and the Global Service Institute at the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA, Centro Latinoamericano de Aprendizaje y Servicio Solidario (CLAYSS) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Innovations in Civic Participation in Washington DC, USA.

The project was funded by the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri and Innovations in Civic Participation in Washington DC, and the Inter-American Development Bank, all based in the USA.

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