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Transforming Self and Society: Volunteerism, Gender and Governance in the Arab Region

January 1, 2014

With a focus on the nexus between gender, governance and volunteerism, this paper casts aside "transitions" in favor of exploring transformations - those that have been successful, are contested, or have been impeded in some way. The underlying rationale is that a wave of transformations has been unleashed, with 2011 as a turning point; cultural, political and social, and there is a need to examine the entire trajectory via a longue durée approach rather than focus on short-term shifts and changes. The aim is to better understand how the shifting role of women volunteers have influenced or otherwise addressed inequities in political governance within the Arab Region across that trajectory.

Broadening Civic Space Through Voluntary Action Lessons from 2011

December 1, 2011

This publication explores how non-formal voluntary action outside of formal organizations can lead to greater citizen participation in governance; serves as a resource to help civil society organizations (CSOs) explore the opportunities for engagement this presents; highlights recent examples of how socially-oriented volunteerism has connected to more change-oriented activism; and suggests how both non-formal voluntary citizen action and social activism within CSOs can be strengthened.

Strengthening the Policy Environment for Volunteering for Peace and Development in Southern Africa

October 17, 2011

This paper proposes that for volunteerism to reach its full potential in contributing to peace and development, there must be a supportive and an enabling environment for volunteering. The components of such an enabling environment are a strong government and civil society partnership to ensure shared appreciation of volunteerism; supportive public leadership, policies and legislation; adoption of a diversity of approaches to facilitate inclusive volunteerism; and sustainable funding.

Drafting and Implementing Volunteerism Laws and Policies

January 1, 2011

This guide represents an attempt to synthesize lessons learned over the last eight years in order to promote best practices and analyze obstacles and impediments that continue to block the development of volunteerism law and policy.

State of the World's Volunteerism Report: Universal Values for Global Well-being

January 1, 2011

The focus of this report is on the universal values that motivate people the world over to volunteer for the common good and on the impact of volunteer action on societies and individuals. The authors advocate the power of volunteering to promote cooperation, encourage participation and contribute to the well-being of individuals and of society as a whole.

Laws and Policies Affecting Volunteerism Since 2001

January 1, 2009

This Research Report represents an attempt to synthesize lessons learned over the last eight years in order to promote best practices and analyze obstacles and impediments that continue to block the development of volunteerism law and policy.

Volunteering and Social Activism: Pathways for Participation in Human Development

January 1, 2008

This discussion paper explores the following questions, drawing on the above-mentioned background study: How is volunteering an d social activism understood?; How do volunteering and social activism foster people's participation?; What is the relationship between participation and development?; What is required to widen and sustain participation?