The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme will provide a number of fully funded course fellowships to highly motivated applicants from the global South who hold a leadership position in labour or social statistics at National Statistics Offices or other authorities producing official statistics on volunteering. Selection for fellowships will be based on information provided through the course application. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
Volunteer work, often referred to simply as "volunteering," is an essential renewable resource for social, economic, and environmental progress all over the world. The contribution of volunteers to the well-being of individuals and communities plays an important role in keeping societies and communities together, building social cohesion and meeting the needs of many disadvantaged groups facing daily life challenges or during times of crisis. Recognizing this, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda calls on governments to work closely with volunteer groups on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve this, however, basic information on the number and characteristics of persons working willingly and without pay to support others is needed. Such information can help target better economic and social policies. Despite the widely acknowledged importance of volunteer work in society, however, little sustained effort has gone into measuring and analysing volunteer work in most countries. This course presents tools and recommendations provided by the 19th ICLS, with a particular focus on the LFSs add-on module that experts could use to produce statistics on volunteer work. By complementing existing data on employment and unpaid housework, statistics on volunteer work can facilitate a more complete understanding of the multiple ways in which people produce goods and services to satisfy their own and others' needs. The objective is to make available comparative cross-national data on a significant form of work that is growing in importance but is often ignored or rarely captured in traditional economic statistics. The ILO Department of Statistics, in collaboration with the ITCILO, is therefore proud to offer the first online edition of this course designed to guide countries in generating systematic and comparable data on volunteer work via additional modules to labour-force or other household surveys. In order for volunteer work to fully unlock its potential and contribute to the achievement of important development goals, it is essential to have access to relevant and reliable statistics concerning volunteer work.
The course targets: - Statisticians from national statistical offices; Ministries of labour and other institutions involved in production of work and social statistics; - Governmental agencies responsible for developing and implementing volunteering policies, labour-market data analysis and national SDG reporting; ILO Social Partners (employers' and workers' organizations); research and academic institutions; international organizations; development agencies; non-governmental organizations; - Employment and development policy analysts from National Statistical Offices, Research and Academic institutions, International organizations and Donor organizations.