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Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work

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The Satellite Account on Nonprofit and Related institutions and Volunteer work (NPI) brings various efforts together to offer comprehensive methodological guidance for creating a coherent satellite account on what we are calling the “third, or social economy, sector,” the “TSE sector” for short, embracing three components: (a) NPIs that are not controlled by government; (b) certain related institutions that are not controlled by government, including in-scope cooperatives, mutual societies, and social enterprises; and (c) volunteer work. TSE institutions and volunteer work attract policy interest because of their growing economic presence, their extensive involvement in the solution of public problems, and the consequent contributions they are thought to make to the common good. Detailed instructions provided in this handbook will go a long way toward addressing important issues.

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The present Handbook of National Accounting: Satellite Account on Non-profit and Related Institutions and Volunteer Work was intended initially as an update of the Handbook on Non-profit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, released by the United Nations in 2003. However, since the System of National Accounts 2008 recommends only separate identification of non-profit institutions and is silent on separately identifying related institutions and direct volunteer work, the framework recommended in the Handbook takes a broader approach, while still adhering to the methodological concepts of the System of National Accounts. The Handbook also incorporates recommendations contained in other international economic accounting standards, such as the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities and the International Labour Organization Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, accounts of country experiences in implementing the Handbook on Non-profit Institutions in the System of National Accounts and recent discussions in statistical and policy circles about the need to go beyond gross domestic product and assess trends in human well-being.

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