Volunteerism in China's South-South Cooperation: Promoting a Holistic Development Agenda
China’s South-South cooperation includes a modality known as “people-to-people exchange”. Volunteering is a key exchange within this modality and a growing part of China’s overseas development strategy. In theory, it embodies China’s “win-win” cooperation by benefitting the host community, the provider community, and the individual volunteer. It also helps ensure a “participatory approach” to development at the local, national, and international level. This brief explores how in China, as well as across the Global South, momentum that has built up domestically gives volunteerism a foundation to play a prominent role in future cooperation and help countries achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals.