Volunteerism in Turkey

'Volunteerism in Turkey A Snapshot' report to be launched in Ankara



'Volunteerism in Turkey A Snapshot' report was launched in CerModern on 5th of December International Volunteer Day.


'The values of volunteerism are relevant in strengthening communities, and volunteers are crucial to enhance physical, economic, spiritual and social well-being of Turkey, shows a report launched by United Nations Volunteers programme in Turkey'


Volunteer engagement is a path to promote the civic values and social cohesion; it can include people who often socially excluded, such as women, youth and people with disabilities; and volunteerism can be a powerful force for change and development. This is showcased in a publication produced by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Turkey and GSM Youth Services Centre, launched on International Volunteer Day 2013 (5 December).


Volunteerism is an increasingly dynamic field in Turkey: more individual volunteer and both civil society and public sector institutions are looking at ways how to mobilize people for common efforts to create well-being in their communities. However, there are plenty of gaps in the field: awareness and understanding of volunteerism is low too low, more data and research on it is needed, and prevailing misconceptions about volunteering needs to be broken.


Volunteerism in Turkey 'publication' A Snapshot contributes to all these challenges by painting a multifaceted picture of volunteerism in the country, and the role it plays in different fields from youth to environment and from disaster management to social services. It also highlights how the role civil society sector, public institutions and private sector alike can all promote and benefit from volunteerism. The publication calls, among other things, for a national strategy on volunteerism, policy discussions, civil society organization to be responsive to active citizens, and encourages for efficient use of new technologies for volunteering. The publication is a report by 17 different writers and organizations active in the field.


Volunteerism in Turkey A Snapshot was launched in CerModern at 14:00 16:00 on 5 December 2013, to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD). On this day, UNV and volunteers all across Turkey and the world celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets and pay special tribute to the contribution of youth and other volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development.


Full report published on 6th Dec on www.tr.undp.org


Volunteering in Turkey