Volunteers Around the World Step Up During Pandemic

Instead of staying away during the peak of the pandemic, many volunteers throughout the world stepped in to help. Most people were volunteering as their communities battled with COVID-19.

In Bolivia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Senegal, Thailand, Turkey, and Uzbekistan, at least three out of every four adults stated they had participated in some type of volunteerism in the preceding year. In Senegal (98 %), Kenya (92 %), and Uzbekistan (92 %), volunteerism was practically universal (92 %).Despite the high level of volunteerism, people’s volunteer habits were influenced by the pandemic.

When asked if they volunteered or assisted individuals outside their families more, less, or about the same as the previous year, Senegal and Uzbekistan were the only countries where a large percentage indicated volunteering more. Volunteerism has dropped in India and, to a lesser extent, in other countries.

Volunteerism and government cooperation are assisting in the development of a collaborative decision-making culture. As countries and regions face massive challenges, one thing is clear: no single stakeholder, entity, or sector can solve these problems on their own. Partnerships are more critical than ever before.Volunteers have the ability to reshape power imbalances between regular folks and government officials.

Governments and development stakeholders must engage even closer with volunteers as countries begin to recover from the pandemic, engaging them as crucial partners. New collaborative areas have been created. Innovative approaches to development. Responses that are effective in meeting the requirements of communities. And a 21st-century social compact that is inclusive and built on volunteer knowledge.

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