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Research reports: Global
20 February 2012
IYV+10 - the General Assembly Resolution 
New York, USA: On 5 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/66/67 on marking the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
30 March 2011
Drafting and Implementing Volunteerism Laws and Policies: A Guidance Note 
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme commissioned a global research study to look at the development of supportive volunteerism legislation and to analyse considerations in drafting and implementing volunteerism laws and policies. As a result of this research, a guidance note was developed for UNV through a joint effort of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law.  It was funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  Read article
More about: Policy
23 March 2011
Counting the volunteers the world counts on 
Baltimore, USA:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies announced the release of a new manual to help statistical agencies around the world track the amount, type and value of volunteer work in their countries.

The manual, drafted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the ILO and an International Technical Experts Group, and with the support of the United Nations Volunteers, represents the first-ever internationally sanctioned guidance to statistical agencies for generating reliable, official data on volunteer work using a common definition and approach.

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More about: Research
05 December 2008
Volunteering and Social Activism: Pathways for participation in human development 
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme commissioned a study in 2007/8 to explore how both volunteering and social activism are important strategies for fostering people‚Äôs participation in social change and human development.  Read article
12 February 2007
Faith-based organizations, volunteers vital to halt HIV spread: UN study 
Geneva, Switzerland: Faith-based organizations and its volunteers play a major role in HIV/AIDS care and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa if HIV prevention targets are to be achieved by 2010, according to a new United Nations study Read article
More about: Health  MDG 6
29 June 2004
Corporate volunteering rarer than philanthropy in developing nations: Research 
Bonn, Germany: Corporate philanthropy and social investments are common practices in developing countries, but there are not many examples of long-term formal corporate volunteering programmes, says a new research report published jointly by the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme and the New Academy of Business (NAB).  Read article
01 October 2002
Volunteerism and Capacity Development 
This is the latest paper in the series of publications prepared in recent years by UNV on various aspects of volunteerism. It aims at connecting the ongoing debate on technical cooperation for capacity development with volunteerism as a key means to achieving desired results. Download a copy of the paper as PDF File.  Read article
01 September 2002
IYV Global Evaluation 
This report on the global evaluation of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001 was prepared by the Institute for Volunteering Research UK, in association with the Development Resource Centre of South Africa. The evaluation aimed to assess the achievements and impacts of the Year.  Read article
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More about: Policy
01 January 2001
Measuring Volunteering: a Practical Toolkit 
This document is a practical guide on the study of volunteer behaviour to empower countries to produce their own empirical data to demonstrate the importance contribution of volunteerism to their economy.  This toolkit is to assist countries worldwide in undertaking measurement studies on national, regional and local volunteering.  Read article
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