Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in addressing development challenges

UNV issue briefs

This UNV series summarizes the contribution of volunteerism to peace and development and highlights its cross-cutting role. By presenting available knowledge, these issue briefs support advocacy efforts to recognize volunteerism in the post-2015 development agenda as a key complementary mechanism for social, economic and environmental transformation.

Cover of UNV IssueBrief on Peacebuilding and VolunteerismUNV Issue brief: Peacebuilding and volunteerism

Using evidence from post-conflict situations, this Issue Brief demonstrates how volunteerism can be a key means for supporting national peacebuilding and global sustainable development.

The engagement of citizens through volunteerism can be powerful in promoting social cohesion and reconciliation, and helping to develop national civilian capacities. All of these make a critical positive difference in peacebuilding processes and initiatives.

Cover of UNV Issue Brief on Social Inclusion and VolunteerismUNV Issue brief: Social inclusion and volunteerism

Discussions on the post-2015 agenda have recognized and emphasized the central importance of social inclusion in the new development framework.

Using research-based evidence, this Issue Brief demonstrates that volunteerism, when well facilitated, can be a powerful mechanism for promoting social inclusion all over the world. Any framework that aims to reverse a "top-down" approach must recognize the contributions of volunteerism in aiding progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and ensuring sustainable human development in a post-2015 world.

Cover of UNV Issue Brief on Environmental Sustainability and VolunteerismUNV Issue brief: Environmental sustainability and volunteerism

Volunteerism has been a key driver of the global environmental movement, mobilizing communities all over the world to help address environmental problems.

This Issue Brief demonstrates that incorporating volunteerism into the post-2015 development framework as a mechanism for achieving environmental sustainability is absolutely critical. When well facilitated, volunteerism not only supports the achievement of environmentally sustainable outcomes but also promotes long-term processes and shifts in mindsets that sustain environmental gains.

IssueBrief---BasicSocialServices w85UNV Issue brief: Basic services and volunteerism

Volunteer action, when well facilitated, can be a particularly effective mechanism to foster support and complement the state provision of essential services across a number of sectors.

This Issue Brief demonstrates how volunteer programmes provide opportunities for inclusive participation in development processes, which can positively influence the reach and qualitative outcomes of service delivery. By bringing political, attitudinal and behavioural change, volunteerism also promotes social transformations that can help overcome the obstacles towards ensuring basic services for all.