(Xinhua) -- Kenya is in the process of developing the
Volunteerism Act that will provide the legal framework that will
protect communities, volunteers and volunteer organizations, a
government official said on Sunday.
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of
East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Phyllis
Kandie told a media briefing in Nairobi that stakeholders are
currently developing the draft law.
“We will soon table the law in
parliament and we hope it will become enacted by the end of
the year,” Kandie said. Kenya approved a National Policy on
volunteerism in 2016.
“The aim of the law is promote the
development of a strong volunteer sector in the country,”
she said during celebrations to mark the Good Deeds Day.
This is an annual global day of doing and celebrating good
Kandie said that the Act will provide
for the establishment of structures to foster volunteerism in
She added that the proposed
legislation will also provide a framework through which the
country can inclusively engage volunteers so that they optimize
on their resources and opportunities.
According to the government official,
volunteer activities and practices are currently uncoordinated
and inadequately supported at the national level.
“So the law will ensure that there is
no duplication of efforts in order to reduce waste of human
resources,” Kandie said.
She noted that volunteerism
contributes immensely to the country’s social, economic and
political development. “It also improves the quality of life of
the beneficiaries as well as the entire society at large,” she