Trends affecting the development of volunteering worldwide: an overview

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Murphy, Foster
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1 September 2004
Voluntary Action: the journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research. Vol. 6; Number 3
Social welfare
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This article lists ten global trends that need to be understood by national volunteer centres and others who will provide the leadership of volunteering in the future. These trends are: the growing level of human need in the world; the increased global uncertainty and disorder; the disruption of entire communities by HIV/AIDS; the increasing number of young people in many countries; the increasing number of older people in many countries; the evolving role of government in addressing human and social problems; the increasingly visible and influential role religion is playing in world affairs; the pervasive global influence of business; new technology; and new levels of expectation about participation. The article concludes by looking at new tensions within volunteer-involving organisations and at the strategic challenges to national volunteer centres.

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