UNV Issue brief: Basic services and volunteerism. Considerations for the post-2015 agenda
UN Volunteers, 2014by: United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme
Volunteer action, when well facilitated, can be a particularly effective mechanism to foster support and complement the state provision of essential services across a number of sectors.
This Issue Brief demonstrates how volunteer programmes provide opportunities for inclusive participation in development processes, which can positively influence the reach and qualitative outcomes of service delivery. By bringing political, attitudinal and behavioural change, volunteerism also promotes social transformations that can help overcome the obstacles towards ensuring basic services for all.