Cameroon releases its first NPI satellite account, providing inspiration for other countries

By on January 29, 2015

Cameroon became only the third African country to complete a satellite account on nonprofit institutions and volunteering since the 2003 publication of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. The only other African countries to have done so are Mozambique and Morocco. The National Institute of Statistics of Cameroon (NIS) worked closely with the country’s nonprofit sector to gather these data and to produce this outstanding report, which includes data on the number of NPIs, how many paid and volunteer workers they employ, how much value they add to the country’s economy, what fields they work in, and where their operating revenue comes from.
 
The NIS recognizes that the development of these data “opens new avenues of research for ways and means to strengthen the fight against poverty and the search for elements that can contribute to the growth of the economy…the NPI satellite account sheds light on a form of national solidarity characterized by voluntary work.”
 
The release of this report is especially significant in light of the barriers that developing countries often face in finding the limited resources needed to pursue major data gathering undertakings such as implementing the UN Nonprofit Handbook. The experience in Cameroon demonstrates, however, that with persistence and a willingness to cooperate with civil society groups, the development of a high quality satellite account is achievable.
 
The graphic below contains only a sampling of the data offered in the report. Please visit the NIS’s website to download the full satellite account report and tables.
 
To see how Cameroon’s nonprofit sector compares to those in 15 other countries that have implemented the UN Nonprofit Handbook, check out the Center’s 2013 report, “The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest Findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook.”
 
 
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Statistics Norway releases nonprofit funding data for the first time

By on January 22, 2015

Statistics Norway recently released an updated report on its satellite account on nonprofit institutions (NPIs), resulting from their continued implementation of the UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts. For the first time, this report includes

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Into the New Year: The Center for Civil Society Studies and the Global Sustainability Agenda

By on January 13, 2015

In 2012, the United Nations began to explore how best to build upon its Millennium Development Goals, the set of objectives that has guided international development work over the past 15 years. With environmental degradation and global warming increasingly prominent

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A Brave New World of Social Purpose Finance

By on December 8, 2014

This is the title of a new article in the November/December 2014 issue of The World Financial Review in which Center Director Dr. Lester Salamon examines the remarkable changes taking place in social purpose finance today. Below is a brief

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Blog post series by William Burckart highlights “New Frontiers of Philanthropy”

By on November 24, 2014

New Frontiers of Philanthropy (Oxford University Press, 2014), an omnibus text examining the innovations taking place in the philanthropic field edited by Center Director Lester Salamon, is discussed in a new series of blog posts by New Frontiers contributing author

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Revision of the UN Nonprofit Handbook underway

By on October 25, 2014

  In 2002, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies partnered with the United Nations Statistics Division and an international team of statistical experts to develop the first UN Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts.

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Italy releases nonprofit census data, shows tremendous sector growth

By on October 20, 2014

Recently released data from the Italian National Institute for Statistics (ISTAT) 2011 Census of Nonprofit Institutions shows that the country is home to more than 300,000 nonprofit organizations, which represents a remarkable 28 percent increase since the last census was

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NEWS RELEASE | A “win-win” solution for transforming the philanthropic landscape of the world

By on October 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   With the resources and capabilities of governments and private charity barely growing or in decline around the world, yet the problems of poverty, ill-health, and environmental degradation ballooning daily, it is increasingly clear that new energies,

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NEWS RELEASE | Two new books from Lester Salamon explore the revolution under way on the frontiers of philanthropy and social investment

By on September 22, 2014

Oxford University Press and Lester Salamon Announce Two New Books: NEW FRONTIERS OF PHILANTHROPY and LEVERAGE FOR GOOD  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chelsea Newhouse   With the resources of both governments and traditional philanthropy barely growing or in decline while

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New data on volunteering in Italy

By on August 5, 2014

Italy is the latest country to implement the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work, allowing the Italian National Institute of Statistics (Istat) to collect national-level data on the amount and character of volunteering in Italy.   The survey

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Two important volunteering policy developments

By on March 10, 2014

by Megan Haddock, Johns Hopkins University In recent months, there have been two important developments in volunteering policy that will impact the ongoing efforts to highlight volunteer labor in Europe and around the world.   First, the International Labour Organization

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Westchester County Nonprofits: A Major Economic Engine

By on March 5, 2014

Today, we are pleased to release a new report highlighting the crucial role played by nonprofits in New York’s Westchester County.   The report, produced by our Nonprofit Economic Data Project in collaboration with Nonprofit Westchester with funding from the

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Beating the Odds: The Center in 2013

By on December 19, 2013

According to Viking tradition, Loki, the uninvited 13th guest at a banquet of gods in Valhalla, orchestrated the assassination of Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and goodness. Reflecting this and similar stories, folkloric traditions around the world have

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Meet Dr. Yuanfeng Zhang, Fall 2013 International Philanthropy Fellow

By on December 9, 2013

The Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program is a highly-selective program that welcomes one or two researchers from outside the U.S. to spend one or more semesters at our Center to conduct independent research on an aspect of the

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Meet Tatsuaki Kobayasi, 2012-2013 International Philanthropy Fellow

By on December 3, 2013

The Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program is a highly-selective program that welcomes one or two researchers from outside the U.S. to spend one or more semesters at our Center to conduct independent research on an aspect of the

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Nonprofits are: EMPOWERING

By on November 6, 2013

This post is one in a series exploring each of the seven attributes – being productive, empowering, effective, enriching, reliable, responsive, and caring – revealed in the Listening Post’s Nonprofit Values Survey in detail. Please visit the Nonprofit Values overview

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Philanthropication thru Privatization: A way to build charitable assets?

By on September 30, 2013

I had the good fortune to be called out by name recently by celebrated Economist Magazine columnist Matthew Bishop for having put together his “dream conference” combining his “two favorite themes: privatization and philanthrocapitalism.”   The occasion for this comment

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SAVE THE DATE: A discussion about the Future of Nonprofit America in NYC

By on July 22, 2013

On October 29th, please join us at the Foundation Center in New York as Center Director Lester Salamon hosts a panel discussion about where the nonprofit sector is heading, what its best path forward might be, and what it will

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SAVE THE DATE: A discussion about the Future of Nonprofit America in Washington, DC

By on July 22, 2013

On October 17th, please join us at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC as Center Director Lester Salamon hosts a panel discussion about where the nonprofit sector is heading, what its best path forward might be, and what it will

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Nonprofits are: ENRICHING

By on May 6, 2013

This post is one in a series exploring each of the seven attributes – being productive, empowering, effective, enriching, reliable, responsive, and caring – revealed in the Listening Post’s Nonprofit Values Survey in detail. Please visit the Nonprofit Values overview