Two important volunteering policy developments

by Megan Haddock, Johns Hopkins University   In recent months, there have been two important developments in volunteering policy that will impact the ongoing efforts to highlight volunteer labour in Europe and around the world.   First, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has officially adopted volunteering as a form of “work” that should be measured […]

The results are in: Statistics Portugal’s survey on volunteer work for 2012

    More than one in 10 adults in Portugal gives their time to volunteer activities, Statistics Portugal reports.   The volunteer rate of people that participated in a volunteer activity either through an organization or directly for other individuals is estimated to be 11.5% of residents aged 15 or older—about 1,040,000 people. This represents […]

MEPs continue their support for the measurement of volunteering

  Following the recommendations to implement the ILO Manual issued by the European Commission in its September 2011 Communication on volunteering and by and the Council of the European Union in its October 2011 Conclusions the European Parliament adopted on 12 June 2012 a Report on recognising and promoting cross-border voluntary activities in the EU. […]

EVMP to partner with Meridian International Center’s Global Service Leaders Initiative for Service Innovation Summit | Madrid | 28-30 March 2012

The European Volunteer Measurement Project (EVMP) is partnering with the Meridian International Center’s Global Service Leaders Initiative (GSL) on its inaugural conference in Madrid, Spain March 28-30, 2012. The 2012 Service Innovation Summit, co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Spain, the Meridian International Center, and the Fundacíon Rafael del Pino, will promote service and volunteerism […]

European Parliament VP Gianni Pittella endorses EU-wide adoption of ILO Manual

Momentum for European-wide implementation of the ILO Manual continues to build. In a recent press release, First Vice President of the European Parliament, confirmed his support for a robust implementation effort, joining several other senior members of European Parliament in encouraging the systematic measurement of volunteer work as outlined by the ILO Manual.   Pittella […]

Year-end greetings from Project Partner Johns Hopkins CCSS

  Project partner Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies (CCSS) has posted a year-end list of their most interesting discoveries of 2011, including several relating to the GVMP.   In addition, the CCSS staff would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of the GVMP partners, supporters, advocates, and funders for making 2011 […]

European Economic and Social Committee recommends EVMP

  The European Volunteer Measurement Project is a prominent featured recommendation in the Declaration released by European Economic and Social Committee Group III President Luca Jahier. This document complements institutional recognition the campaign to measure volunteering in Europe has recently received.   The Declaration recommends “widely disseminating information on the economic impact of volunteering. As a first step, it is necessary to implement the European […]

Lester Salamon addresses a special meeting of the European Economic and Social Committee on the ILO Manual and the European Volunteer Measurement Project

  The European Economic and Social Committee put a spotlight on the importance of measuring volunteering at a major conference it convened in Warsaw on Friday 30 September 2011 in collaboration with the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, and the European Commission.   […]

Council of the European Union Conclusions recognize ILO Manual

  Following on the heels of the recommendation of the ILO Manual by the European Commission, we are delighted to announce that on 3 October 2011 the Council of the European Union officially invited Member States to measure volunteering and recognized the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work as a useful tool for […]