In France

INJEP in particular, heads the Youth and Youth Policies Observatory, as well as a resource centre aimed at professionals and decision makers in the sector.

See: the online resources database, including a bibliography on charitable work and volunteering.


The Observatory of collective, charitable and volunteer actions is headed by the Cotravaux association: a network of stakeholders in volunteering that aims to promote and boost the status of voluntary work as well as community work projects.
See: the regional and national studies


Cerphi is a Research & Study institute that explores all subjects concerning community work and the different forms of donations, solidarity and non-commercial exchanges.
See: the solidarity observatory


The Fondation de France Observatory distributes data about donations and sponsorship (statistical studies, qualitative analysis, surveys, etc…). Its aim is to ensure that generosity gets recognition, and to support grassroot-level stakeholders by offering them reference material about their sector.
See: the studies by the Observatory


IRIV is a private institution with a focus on contributing to public debate concerning charitable work/volunteering and continuing education and training with a view to promote them.
See: IRIV’S publications


AVE is an association whose main aim is to boost and promote commitment in all its forms.
See: the Labo des Engagements (Engagement Lab) and Notes du Labo (Laboratory Notes)


France Bénévolat is recognized as a public services organization that aims to develop community charitable work. France Bénévolat has opened over 80 regional centres and 250 community centres for charitable workers and volunteers. 
See: the documentation about volunteering


Recherches & Solidarités (Research and Solidarity) is an association based network of experts in the service of all forms of solidarity. It is a non-profit making collective project: within the association, amongst the team members, board of directors, expert committee and members; as well as in cooperation with numerous partners, including institutional, association based and private.
See: the overview of the French regional territories


  • Observatory of Humanitarian Action

Led mainly by the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, the Observatory has the following objectives: helping people to find their way around the ‘humanitarian maze’, studying, analysing and creating awareness about the problems in the sector.
See: the Observatory’s studies


Led by the CNCRES, ONESS is the point of convergence between the measurement and observation of Solidarity & Social Economy (SSE). It makes it possible to establish links between the SSE stakeholders, public authorities, producers of studies and university academics based around work on the SSE. 
See: the publications by ONESS (in particular the maps of the SSE)


Led by the French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs MAEE, the French map of decentralized cooperation lists international actions carried out by the French local and regional authorities : decentralized cooperation (including twinning)and other external actions (occasional or non-registered actions).