State of Youth Volunteering in India
Since the United Nations’ International Year of Volunteers (IYV) in 2001, there have been strong efforts to define and map volunteer movements and impact of volunteerism across the world. This report on the ‘State of Youth Volunteering in India’ is one such effort in India. The ‘Volunteering in India: Contexts, perspectives and discourses’ report published by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in 2012 provided a perspective on volunteering in India and its various dimensions based on the experiences of eminent personalities and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. It is an important document that through its interviews and case studies has become a major source of information and knowledge on volunteering in India. This report on the ‘State of Youth Volunteering in India’ does not aim to duplicate this existing work but wishes to add to it by exploring the understanding of volunteerism in India with a specific focus on youth. This, however, has not been without its challenges.