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2011 STATE OF THE WORLD'S VOLUNTEERISM
UN Volunteer Programme Office
The UN Volunteers Program is the United Nations division that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism world-wide. In late December UNV released a 120 page report on the power of volunteering around the world.
Volunteering in the US is one form of service by people to their civil society. It looks different in other countries. This book reports on such things as “volunteerism flying under the radar,” “volunteerism and traditional values,” “how volunteerism is expressed,” and “misperceptions about volunteering.”
There is a section on measuring volunteering that includes Canada, USA, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. But there is also information on the first ever survey of volunteering in Bangladesh, where 80% of volunteering is done outside formalized organizations. More than 16 million Bangladeshi citizens, over the age of 15, volunteered in 2010. These facts provide a framework to think about volunteering in the US where participation numbers have remained stagnant on a percentage basis for several years.
There are chapters on volunteerism as a social force, and as cohesion and conflict management. One chapter is devoted to volunteerism and disaster.
This book is available in several languages costing $12.50. It can be ordered online at United Nations Publications
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