State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018

The Thread that Binds - Volunteerism and Community Resilience

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This publication presents new evidence on the role of volunteerism in strengthening community resilience. It finds that communities value volunteerism because it enables them to create collective strategies for dealing with diverse economic, social and environmental challenges.

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Conclusion - Weaving new patterns of resilience

Volunteerism is the thread that connects individuals, enabling them to work together for the good of their communities. Experiencing persistent conflict and stresses, inequitable resourcing and underdeveloped capacities, local and informal volunteers on the frontlines are struggling to keep pace with complex risks. Investments in voluntary action by governments and development partners can prevent communities from fraying at the seams. Collaborations that understand and nurture local capacities can help transform volunteerism from a coping strategy to a strategic resource for prevention and adaptation. And new partnerships with communities can strengthen the potential of volunteerism to more meaningfully include vulnerable groups in development processes.

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