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

Volunteerism: measuring global impact II

WHEN:  16-17 June 2015
WHERE: Nairobi, Kenya

A joint workshop of UNV and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to develop a strong evidence base to support the role of volunteerism in peace and development.


Representatives of volunteer-involving organizations and academics/researchers discussed a common agenda to increase research and evidence that captures and measures the contribution that volunteers bring to peace and development, especially in regions such as the global South. Such a narrative is especially relevant to inform discussions related to the implementation and monitoring of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Participants shared practices, knowledge and understanding of measuring volunteer contributions to development based on different modalities of volunteering (e.g., corporate, online, community, and youth) as a first step towards identifying global indicators that could be used to measure volunteering and its impact.

The workshop generated ideas to deepen innovation and research on the measurement of volunteerism, as well as on the ways different stakeholders can combine their efforts and resources to undertake research, evidence-building and development of a global volunteer research agenda.

Workshop summary  |  Agenda

The Nairobi workshop follows up on a previous one jointly hosted by the US Peace Corps and UNV in Washington D.C. on 30-31 March, with a specific focus on gathering perspectives from participants from the global south.