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. This NPI Handbook offers a way for national statistical agencies to identify and measure nonprofit, or civil society, organizations in their countries in a comparable manner.
To date, nearly 20 countries have produced official data on the nonprofit sectors in their countries shedding far more clarity on the size, scope, revenue, and contributions of this important sector around the world. The latest comparative results of these efforts are reported in The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook (2013).
Over a decade after its publication, we are excited to report that a revision of the UN NPI Handbook is now underway. The revision will draw on the experiences and lessons-learned from the countries that have implemented the Handbook, and will provide additional practical tools and guidance materials to make it more straightforward to implement and produce comparative data.
The revised UN NPI Handbook will not change the definition of a nonprofit institution, but rather will provide additional guidance and enhancements as a result of four major developments:
The Center is preparing the revision in cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division and an international consultative group of national statistics agencies and civil society experts. The final document is expected in 2015. For more information, please contact us.
Megan Haddock served as International Research Projects Manager for the Comparative Nonprofit Sector, UN Handbook, and Volunteer Measurement Projects. She received her Masters in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins Institute of Policy Studies and her B.A. from Carleton College in International Relations and Political Science. She was a lead author of the ILO Manual on the Measurement of Volunteer Work.