Part I: Volunteering: An Introduction and Theoretical Framework -- 1: Volunteering: A Complex Social Phenomenon -- Part II: Cross-national Approaches -- 2. The Economic Value of Volunteering: Comparative Estimates among Developing, Transitional, and Developed Countries -- 3. Perceptions of Volunteering and Their Effect on Sustainable Development and Poverty alleviation in Mozambique, Nepal and Kenya -- 4. The Role of Civic Service in Enhancing Youth Employability: Reflections on National Youth Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa -- 5. Corporate Volunteering in the Global South -- 6. The Value of Volunteers in Community-Based Organisations: Insights from Southern Africa -- 7. Models, Developments and Effects of Trans-Border Youth Volunteer Exchange Programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa -- Part III: Country studies -- 8. Global Solidarity: Learning from Volunteer Frameworks in Peru -- 9. Beyond Images and Perceptions: Conceptualizing and Measuring Volunteerism in Buenos Aires -- 10. Solidarity and Volunteering: A View from Mexico -- 11. Volunteerism and the State: Understanding the Development of Volunteering in China -- 12. Volunteering in Armenia: Leaving the Soviet Legacy Behind? -- 13. The Current State of Volunteering in Turkey -- Part IV: Conclusion -- Conclusion.
This volume overlooks the distinct expressions and awareness of volunteering in the lived reality of people from different regions of the world. By casting the net widely this book not only expands the geographic reach of experiences, models and case studies but also transcends the conventional focus on formal volunteering. It highlights institutional forms of volunteering specific to developing nations and also describes volunteering that is more loosely institutionalized, informal, and a part of solidarity and collective spirit. As a result this book provides a different look at the values, meaning, acts and expressions of volunteering. The chapters in this book consist of essays and case studies that present recent academic research, thinking and practice on volunteering. Working from the premise that volunteering is universal this collection draws on experiences from Latin America, Africa including Egypt, and Asia. This book focuses on developing countries and countries in transition in order to provide a fresh set of experiences and perspectives on volunteering. While developing countries and countries in transition are in the spotlight for this volume, the developed country experience is not ignored. Rather the essays use it as a critical reference point for comparisons, allowing points of convergence, disconnect and intersection to emerge..