The very first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was launched in December 2011 in many countries around the world.
The SWVR promotes a better understanding of volunteerism. It demonstrates the universality, scope and reach of volunteerism along with new trends in the twenty-first century. The report examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion, disaster risk reduction, governance and political participation. By suggesting how volunteerism can be taken forward, the SWVR also provides an alternative vision of a better society. The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report shows that, in most societies around the world, volunteers make significant contributions to economic and social development. Through their voluntary actions, millions of people are contributing to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The Report helps to move volunteerism into a new era in which its true dimensions and significance are an integral part of the general discourse on global issues.