Effort aims to map global volunteering

In an effort to better understand and promote volunteerism worldwide, new guidelines are set to be published outlining how to measure the contributions of volunteers.

Working together, the International Labour Organization and the Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins University are on track to publish the manual this year.

The manual will define volunteer work and will lay out guidelines for measuring the work of the world’s volunteers.

Johns Hopkins estimates about 12 percent adults in 37 countries volunteer time equivalent to that of about 21 million full-time staffers.

“Volunteers comprise nearly half of the workforce of the world’s nonprofit organizations, yet it has remained largely invisible in official economic statistics,” Lester Salamon, director of the Center for Civil Society Studies, says in a statement.

By better understanding the global impact of volunteers, Salamon hopes to be able to highlight its importance and develop policies to promote volunteering.

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