The first regional report of its kind – VCARE – shows the evolution of volunteering practice and the impact of volunteering, highlights the value of volunteers’ contributions and identifies good practices in the region’s volunteer movement.

The report's findings provide a variety of examples of volunteer actions that can help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the region's five countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Official approval for publication of VCARE as a stand-alone report was given at the International Volunteer Forum in Astana in 2023.

The report was prepared based on country case studies, face-to-face and virtual meetings, interviews and dialogues conducted in the region between September 2023 and March 2024.

Organised into five chapters, it serves as a tool to assess progress and take stock of the diverse ways in which volunteers contribute to the implementation of national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The report benefited from valuable insights from partners, including government officials, representatives of UN agencies, academic researchers including from the Centre for Civil Society Studies and the non-profit sector of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, independent experts and members of volunteer movements and organisations.

Volunteering in Central Asia was captured in stunning photos. Every photo is worth a thousand words. Click here to view the exposure collage.

The report will be live on the day of publication. Stay tuned.

Listen to volunteers from Central Asia and get an insight into the volunteer spirit in the video below.

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