Bernard Enjolras, Third Sector Impact coordinator / Photograph: Third Sector Impact

Bernard Enjolras: "The third sector has the third largest workforce of any 'industry' in Europe"

Ahead of the Final Conference of the Third Sector Impact project, which takes place on the 9th November in Brussels, we talked with its coordinator about the European third sector's definition, impact and challenges.

World Youth Conference

Mexico 2016: Volunteering for Social Change

The World Volunteer Conference 2016 will take place in Mexico City from 7 to 10 November.

Food waste / Photograph: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr

Supermarkets tackling food waste, a new trend in Europe

According to the UNEP, a third of the food produced in the world is thrown away.

Xavier Montagut, president of the Xarxa de Consum Solidari (Solidarity Consumption Network)

Xavier Montagut: 'It is possible to tackle food poverty without falling victim of assistance-based practices that make it chronic'

The president of the Xarxa de Consum Solidari (Solidarity Consumption Network) argues that tackling hunger with leftovers is not effective to combat this problem or to reduce food waste.

Big Local: bringing positive change

When I first started to volunteer at Big Local Revoelution just over two years ago, I was very timid and shy. Having social anxiety and bipolar disorder made me very isolated and I wouldn’t leave the house or even my bed for weeks at a time. From the first day I set foot in the Revoelution hub, I haven’t been away.


Which are the most peaceful countries in the world?

Iceland, Denmark, Austria, New Zealand and Portugal are at the top of rank in the 2016 Global Peace Index.

Developing an evidence framework: linking research to strategy

It’s hard to take the time to look back on the work you’ve completed, especially when you are focused on the here and now. If you don’t take stock however it becomes even more difficult to plan for your future.

Girl / Photograph: Lance Shields, Flickr

A report by UNICEF estimated some 50 million children are uprooted worldwide

Over half of them have been forced from their homes by conflicts and threats. The report recalls that a large number of children are seeking a better quality of life and improved social and economic conditions out of their homes.

There can only be peace when there is justice

Recently was the 80th anniversary of the coup that marked the beginning of a terrible civil war in Spain and then a dictatorship that lasted 36 years.

Marina Rahola, Funding and International Activities Advisor at the Resource Centre for Youth Associations of Barcelona

Marina Rahola: "The know-how learnt by the youths involved in and promoting an international project is unstoppable”

We chat to the advisor for Associative Funding and International Activities from the Resource Centre for Youth Associations of Barcelona (CRAJ), to shed some light on the complex world of European projects and the internationalization of youth associations.

Nur Azam Anuarul Perai

Nur Azam Anuarul Perai: "The 'third sector' in Malaysia is very visible but there is no formal description of the sector"

The PhD Student at Stirling University is carrying out a research on the Malaysian third sector. Its final aim is to measure the economic contribution of the sector.

Amal al Torchani in her way to school in Misrata, Lybia / Photograph: Jordi Bartomeu Farrús, Flickr

35 armed conflicts and 60 million displaced people in 2015

The Alert 2016! report from the School for a Culture of Peace (Escola de Cultura de Pau), analyzes the World in terms of conflict and the possibilities of building peace. The report highlights the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, as well as five possible scenarios for the building of peace.

Andanças festival. Photo by Jose Manuel Costa

Andanças festival: building community and sustainability through dance

The festival, organised by the PédeXumbo association and where volunteering plays an important role, has been articulating cultural and generational exchanges through folk dances for two decades now.


"Scouting in Catalonia has a history of active participation in social movements and turning points in the 20th century, a certain flair for activism. But is that so? Has Scouting as an organisation always been there, pushing?"

An article by Tomàs Genís Galofré.