In Europe, Internationally

The International FORUM on Development Service is the most important of the global networks of international volunteer cooperation organizations. FORUM aims to share information, develop good practices and encourage cooperation and mutual aid between its members.

See: FORUM papers


One of the aims of this website is to provide an online reference point for obtaining information and resources related to all forms of volunteering around the world.

See: the website’s “resources” section


United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) is the organization through which UNO promotes volunteering activities in order to support peace and development work around the world.

See: the 2011 report on volunteering around the world


Volonteurope promotes voluntary work throughout the European Union and in the Council of Europe, as a mechanism for active European citizenship. This is achieved by facilitating the exchange of information and best practices, cooperation, training opportunities and development of partnerships between its members. Its activities build stronger and more effective civil society participation in Europe which includes workshops, seminars, transnational partnerships, research, lobbying and debates.


The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR), an initiative of Volunteering England and the University of London, is a world-class research centre and consultancy agency specialized in volunteering. It undertakes research, consultancy and evaluation projects to help improve policy and practice.

See: IVR’s documents bank


The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) is a European network that currently brings together over 80 volunteering centres and volunteering development agencies, operating usually at a national or regional level in Europe, working together to support and promote voluntary activities. The CEV provides a means of channeling collective priorities and concerns of its members and conveying them to the institutions of the European Union. It also acts as a place of exchange on policy, experiences and information related to volunteering.

See: CEV’s research and publications, in particular the report on volunteering structures in Europe.


CDD’s mission is to create and study innovations in public policies that enable individuals, families and communities to formulate and achieve life objectives, and to contribute socio-economically towards the betterment of society.

See: the resources on civil society participation and service, especially the study on the perceived impacts of international service on volunteers.