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 found that 12.6 percent of the population, or about 1 in 8 Italians, engage in volunteering. Moreover, these data allow us to see how Italians volunteer in more detail – about 4.4 million volunteered through a group or organization, while about 3 million volunteered directly for other people. This exceeds the total 6.63 million individuals reporting volunteer work in the time frame covered by the survey, showing that many volunteers work both directly and indirectly. The survey also revealed rich data on the distribution of volunteers across fields and the demographics (including age, educations attainment, level of employment, and geographic distribution) of Italian volunteers.
This survey on voluntary work is the result of an agreement between Istat, the National Coordination of Volunteer Support Centres (CSVnet), and the Volontariato e Partecipazione Foundation. The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies provided some technical guidance on ILO Manual concepts and methodologies.
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