Groundbreaking new research concludes that 'human capital' is a central ingredient to determining whether development interventions are effective and sustainable. A panel of development experts and volunteers meeting in Brussels on December 2nd will dissect this concept and ask how people-centred approaches can be better integrated in the future vision of development.
INNOVATIONS in technology are helping teachers to break barriers to education, says leading international development agency, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), to mark World Teacher’s Day on October 5th.
VSO, a charity which aims to fight poverty through volunteers, has been working across Asia and Africa to monitor the positive impact that information technology, such as mobile phone apps and text messages, can have on improving the quality of education.
Accenture grants VSO US$3.5 million to equip people across Africa with job and entrepreneurial skills
Accenture and VSO announce that Accenture and the Accenture Foundations have awarded VSO US$3.5 million to help the charity deliver job skills training to approximately 22,300 poor and disadvantaged people in Nigeria, Cambodia, Tanzania and Malawi. This grant brings Accenture’s direct support to VSO to more than US$9.2 million since 2003.
Speaking on the One O’clock News today, VSO’s Head of Communications and Engagement Emma Harrison said: “The risk was that Ebola was spreading so fast that we couldn’t ask our staff just to be quarantined within Sierra Leone. It was more effective to redeploy them elsewhere where we can guarantee their health and safety.”
The Randstad-VSO partnership celebrates its 10th anniversary by featuring the VSO logo on the Williams Martini Racing car instead of the Randstad logo, at the Silverstone race on 6 July, 2014. Randstad and VSO have been working together since 2004 to effectively recruit volunteers to help fight poverty around the world.
Commissioner Georgieva recognises VSO EU Aid Volunteers’ contribution to resilience building in Haiyan-affected areas
To mark International Day of the Midwife 2014 (Monday 5 May), VSO has launched a social media campaign to celebrate the role of midwives worldwide, and the hundreds of VSO volunteers that have taken part in midwife placements across the developing world.
After five years as Chief Executive of VSO, Marg Mayne is stepping down to take up a new role at UK based social enterprise, My Time Active.
As people in Rwanda come together on Monday 7 April to mark "Kwibuka 20", to commemorate the genocide of 1994, VSO reflects on its role in the development and rehabilitation of the country and its people.
Health workers in Cambodia are undervalued and need to be incentivised if public health services are to improve for rural poor
Health workers in Cambodia are undervalued and face huge challenges which prevent them from working effectively in the provision of public health services, a report published today reveals. Research carried out by VSO in partnership with MEDiCAM, highlights the barriers faced by health workers in the country.
World leaders today (25 Sept) set out an agenda for meeting the outstanding Millennium Development Goals and establishing the next set of goals after 2015. Marg Mayne, Chief Executive of international development charity VSO International, responds.
At current rates of progress it will take 120 years before women make up half of world leaders and more than 50 years before women are equally represented in the world’s parliaments, warns a new report published today (10 Sept 2013) by international development charity VSO . Globally, women and girls make up almost two thirds of those living in extreme poverty, yet women have the least say in what is done to tackle it.
VSO 'Hugely encouraged' by High Level Panel proposal to put women's empowerment at the heart of future efforts to fight poverty
Today (30 May) VSO Chief Executive Marg Mayne responded to the publication of the report of the High Level Panel advising the UN on the post-2015 development framework, co-chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Migrant communities risk a lost generation of 'invisible children' as children miss out on early childhood development
Early childhood care and education is not reaching Thailand's most marginalised children, despite significant improvements and a clear policy of Education for All, according to a new report from VSO Thailand/Myanmar. Children of migrant workers are particularly disadvantaged.
VSO celebrates the successful completion of over 15 years of commitment to the Sri Lankan mental health service
An event held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, celebrated and wrapped up VSO's 15-year commitment and partnership with the Sri Lankan mental health service.
A new health policy protecting the rights of community caregivers will help tens of thousands of women caring for people with HIV, Zimbabwe’s Deputy Prime Minister Ms Thokozani Khupe will say at a conference hosted by VSO today (Tuesday 6 November) in Pretoria, South Africa.
“Moral obligation” to share skills overseas, says British doctor winning award for patient safety work in Ethiopia
VSO today (19 September) welcomed “EU Aid Volunteers”, a new European Commission initiative which will recruit 10,000 EU citizens to volunteer worldwide in humanitarian operations. The European Commission today set out its plans for the new initiative, which will provide a path for Europeans who want to offer practical help in countries where it is most urgently needed.
New partnership between UNV and VSO: Promoting volunteering to empower local communities in driving the development agenda
On 1 March 2012 VSO partner organisation ANSAF, along with a group of smallholder farmers and ordinary African citizens, marched to State House in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to deliver a petition signed by more than 16,000 African farmers and citizens.
Sierra Leone: ten years on from end of civil war, youth unemployment could threaten new unrest, warns VSO
Ten years on from the end of civil war in Sierra Leone (18 January), mass youth unemployment poses a threat to the existing peace and stability in the country, international development charity VSO is warning.
VSO Bahaginan and Peacebuilders Community will explore a joint project with local NGO EcoWEB, to utilise the logs that were washed away by flash floods from upper villages of Iligan. The logs will be made into lumber and will be used to build new homes for some of the families that were left homeless by the flooding.
VSO underlined its new global focus with the appointment of a new Chair and six new trustees to its International Board.
Today VSO and the Peace Corps signed a partnership agreement at the United Nations headquarters in New York that will allow the organisations to share best practices and work more effectively in countries where volunteers serve. The event was organised by UN Volunteers as part of the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers and International Volunteer Day.
VSO policy director, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi reflects on the importance of volunteering.
Following on from the success of last year's expo, VSO China is once again working in partnership with several organisations (including the School of Social Development and Public Policy of Beijing Normal University and Huizeren) to celebrate volunteerism in China. This unique event will take place on 4-5 December at Beijing Normal University.
Meena Paudel, Programme Coordinator from Nepal Disabled Women's Association – one of VSO Nepal's partner organisations from the participation and governance programme – has been selected along with two other finalists for Aosta’s ‘Woman of the Year’ awards.
“Jobs for the G20” message from Cannes ignores urgent need for jobs in world’s poorest countries, warns VSO
The G20 is failing to tackle the jobs crisis facing millions of people in the world’s poorest countries with the same urgency as for people in G20 nations, warned development charity VSO today (Friday 4 November).
Leading organisations, VSO, Christian Aid and the WI have warned today that the UK Government’s announcement of £10 million in annual funding for UN Women represents a failure of ambition that was deeply disappointing for the billion women living in poverty around the world.
In Pursuit of Justice is a wake-up call to world leaders who are not providing equal legal rights to their female citizens. In many counties there are still too many gaps in the law, which leave women without adequate protection. For others, the laws are barely worth the paper they are written on because implementation is so weak, or justice systems actively discourage women from using them.
President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron announce partnership to strengthen volunteers’ fight against global poverty
US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have today announced a partnership between two of the world’s leading volunteer organisations, VSO and the US Peace Corps.
VSO welcomes the positive steps the UN General Assembly has taken in expressing unanimous support for the creation a UN women’s agency to be headed by a new Under Secretary-General (USG).
VSO attended the launch of 1GOAL at Wembley Stadium, London in August. Marcel Desailly and footballers from across the world support the new campaign that aims to make Education for All a reality, by gathering signatures and increasing the pressure on global leaders to keep their promises.
VSO officially opens its programme office in Tajikistan on 25 June 2009 following its official registration in Tajikistan last September. The British ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Trevor Moore, will host the official launch of VSO’s newest country programme.