Further Resources

Would you like to broaden your knowledge about international voluntary and solidarity based commitments?

Would you like to broaden your knowledge about international voluntary and solidarity based commitments?

Observatory recommends links to research and resource centres (knowledge, tools, etc.) related to this matter:

  • In France
  • In Europe, internationally
  • Tools, Methods
  • Specialised journals

In France

INJEP in particular, heads the Youth and Youth Policies Observatory, as well as a resource centre aimed at professionals and decision makers in the sector.

See: the online resources database, including a bibliography on charitable work and volunteering.


The Observatory of collective, charitable and volunteer actions is headed by the Cotravaux association: a network of stakeholders in volunteering that aims to promote and boost the status of voluntary work as well as community work projects.
See: the regional and national studies


Cerphi is a Research & Study institute that explores all subjects concerning community work and the different forms of donations, solidarity and non-commercial exchanges.
See: the solidarity observatory


The Fondation de France Observatory distributes data about donations and sponsorship (statistical studies, qualitative analysis, surveys, etc…). Its aim is to ensure that generosity gets recognition, and to support grassroot-level stakeholders by offering them reference material about their sector.
See: the studies by the Observatory


IRIV is a private institution with a focus on contributing to public debate concerning charitable work/volunteering and continuing education and training with a view to promote them.
See: IRIV’S publications


AVE is an association whose main aim is to boost and promote commitment in all its forms.
See: the Labo des Engagements (Engagement Lab) and Notes du Labo (Laboratory Notes)


France Bénévolat is recognized as a public services organization that aims to develop community charitable work. France Bénévolat has opened over 80 regional centres and 250 community centres for charitable workers and volunteers. 
See: the documentation about volunteering


Recherches & Solidarités (Research and Solidarity) is an association based network of experts in the service of all forms of solidarity. It is a non-profit making collective project: within the association, amongst the team members, board of directors, expert committee and members; as well as in cooperation with numerous partners, including institutional, association based and private.
See: the overview of the French regional territories


  • Observatory of Humanitarian Action

Led mainly by the Université Paul Valéry in Montpellier, the Observatory has the following objectives: helping people to find their way around the ‘humanitarian maze’, studying, analysing and creating awareness about the problems in the sector.
See: the Observatory’s studies


Led by the CNCRES, ONESS is the point of convergence between the measurement and observation of Solidarity & Social Economy (SSE). It makes it possible to establish links between the SSE stakeholders, public authorities, producers of studies and university academics based around work on the SSE. 
See: the publications by ONESS (in particular the maps of the SSE)


Led by the French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs MAEE, the French map of decentralized cooperation lists international actions carried out by the French local and regional authorities : decentralized cooperation (including twinning)and other external actions (occasional or non-registered actions).

In Europe, Internationally

The International FORUM on Development Service is the most important of the global networks of international volunteer cooperation organizations. FORUM aims to share information, develop good practices and encourage cooperation and mutual aid between its members.

See: FORUM papers


One of the aims of this website is to provide an online reference point for obtaining information and resources related to all forms of volunteering around the world.

See: the website’s “resources” section


United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) is the organization through which UNO promotes volunteering activities in order to support peace and development work around the world.

See: the 2011 report on volunteering around the world


Volonteurope promotes voluntary work throughout the European Union and in the Council of Europe, as a mechanism for active European citizenship. This is achieved by facilitating the exchange of information and best practices, cooperation, training opportunities and development of partnerships between its members. Its activities build stronger and more effective civil society participation in Europe which includes workshops, seminars, transnational partnerships, research, lobbying and debates.


The Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR), an initiative of Volunteering England and the University of London, is a world-class research centre and consultancy agency specialized in volunteering. It undertakes research, consultancy and evaluation projects to help improve policy and practice.

See: IVR’s documents bank


The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) is a European network that currently brings together over 80 volunteering centres and volunteering development agencies, operating usually at a national or regional level in Europe, working together to support and promote voluntary activities. The CEV provides a means of channeling collective priorities and concerns of its members and conveying them to the institutions of the European Union. It also acts as a place of exchange on policy, experiences and information related to volunteering.

See: CEV’s research and publications, in particular the report on volunteering structures in Europe.


CDD’s mission is to create and study innovations in public policies that enable individuals, families and communities to formulate and achieve life objectives, and to contribute socio-economically towards the betterment of society.

See: the resources on civil society participation and service, especially the study on the perceived impacts of international service on volunteers.


Tools, methods

Resource websites offering tools and methods for international voluntary and solidarity-based commitment:

F3E is a network of over 90 members involved in international cooperation initiatives. Its activities include the production of knowledge, exchanges between members and development stakeholders and a resources centre.
See: the resources centre


Groupe URD (Relief, Rehabilitation, and Development) is a research, evaluation and training institute that specializes in the fields of humanitarian action and post-crisis reconstruction. Its aim is to improve practices in order to ensure that crisis-affected populations see an improvement in their situation.
See: the publications and the Haïti Observatory


RITIMO is an information and communication network specialising in international solidarity and sustainable development. In France, it has nearly 80 members and relay points that reach out to the general public by offering documentation, information, events and avenues for action. 
See: the Rinoceros portal (international information portal for a fair and united world)


OTeN gathers a great deal of information, studies, actions and explores the scope of areas to be studied. This “material” is intended to be shared in order to equip the stakeholders about digitization of territories; this is the very purpose of collective intelligence.
See: the regional and thematic analysis, the study on digital public data.

Specialised Journals

Altermondes is a quarterly journal about international solidarity, aimed at all those who are concerned about international solidarity, sustainable development and human rights etc… The journal seeks to foster understanding of international issues and promote practices of international solidarity and ethical behavior in this domain. 
See: the special report “partir et revenir citoyen du monde” (Global citizen, Go and Come back)


Youphil.com is a media platform that keeps an eye on all types of activity in the solidarity domain and offers an analysis of news from the world of voluntary commitment in all its forms: association-based, humanitarian, philanthropic, entrepreneurial or political.
See: the blog “Volontaire, pourquoi pas vous?” (Volunteer, Why not You?)


Alternatives Internationales

Sharing the values of justice and solidarity that are at the core of Alternatives Economiques’s editorial project, Alternatives Internationales offers a socially engaging look at worldwide news. It calls on French and foreign specialists to help grasp the meaning of current major changes that are underway. Convinced that the human being is not condemned to global injustices, the destruction of the environment and human rights violations, it offers a way towards progress.
See: the page about solidarity


Launched in September 2009 by the French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs (MAEE), LatitudeFrance.org aims to introduce the general public and lobbyists to the many activities of France’s cultural and cooperation network around the world.
See: the page about international volunteering


Led by the French Development Agency (AFD), Kaléidoscope is a bibliographical monthly publication on development that gives a comprehensive review of scientific and technical content of the world’s main journals and publications dealing with economic development and poverty eradication. The focus is on a major news event every month. A brief summary of the aforementioned publications, the internet report and the reference article for the period are thus proposed according to different themes (water, earth, people, organizations, law and regulation, geography, etc…).
See: the guide “Où chercher sur le web ? ” (Where to look on the Web?”) when interested in development issues.