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2022 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report

Building Equal and
Inclusive Societies

About the SWVR

Volunteerism is a powerful force, and an important part of the fabric of society. Globally, it remains an important vehicle for shaping and advancing development. Its potential to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development that delivers to all is, however, yet to be realized.

As countries and regions grapple with enormous challenges, one thing is clear: no single stakeholder, entity or sector can address these challenges alone. Now more than ever, partnerships are vitally important. 

The fourth State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) report, titled Building Equal and Inclusive Societies, shows that the ways in which volunteers and state authorities interact, collaborate and partner are vital for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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About the report

The 2022 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR): Building Equal and Inclusive Societies presents new evidence on the relationship between volunteers and the state. It illustrates how volunteer–state partnerships can redefine power relations and create societies that are equal and inclusive. When governments collaborate with volunteers from marginalized groups, the relationships foster new ways of working that engage volunteers as key partners while enabling them to co-create development solutions. 

To create equal and inclusive societies in which all benefit, we need to draw on the creativity and energy of volunteers. In doing so, we can lay the foundation for a 21st Century social contract that is more inclusive and responsive to the needs of communities. The Report is an important contribution to volunteerism, and the timely discourse on creating equal and more inclusive societies.

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