A research report for UNV submitted by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) and the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ECNL), to inform the 2011 State of the World's Volunteerism Report.
UNV commissioned this global research study to provide a picture of trends and lessons in the development of supportive volunteerism policies and legislation in the decade of volunteering from 2001. A review was conducted in seven regions, complemented by country-specific case studies in each region. The study analyses considerations in drafting and implementing volunteerism laws and policies, and highlights the need to tailor them to specific local, national and regional contexts. This paper is currently being updated for the 2018 State of the World's Volunteerism Report.