"Harness the power of volunteers, U.N. governments"

Article by Maria Caspani from Reuters - Jun 5, 2015

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"NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Many governments are failing to harness the untapped potential of volunteers, ordinary citizens who can shine light on injustice and hold those in power to account, the United Nations said in a report on Friday.

More than one billion people around the world volunteer their time to different causes - from helping during West Africa's Ebola outbreak to scrutinizing city contracts for corruption in Brazil, the U.N. said in the first global analysis of volunteers' contribution to better governance.  

Volunteering also helps marginalized groups such as women, youth and minorities have their voices heard, the report said."

 

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