Niko15 competition asks young people of Kenya to share their vision of the future

15/01/2015 15:30:00

Safaricom, the UN Millennium Campaign, Seed Institute, Save the Children Kenya, Amnesty International and VSO launch “Niko15” competition aimed at showcasing how Kenyan youth see a world free from poverty, inequality and environmental degradation.

Campaign asking world leaders to end poverty, inequality and climate change launches today

15/01/2015 00:00:01

Action/2015 is a global campaign asking world leaders to tackle poverty, inequality, and climate change. It’s a movement of over a thousand organisations, including VSO, in more than 120 countries. Action/2015 is one of the biggest campaigns ever to launch. It has the support of some big names, including Malala Yousafzai, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Ben Affleck, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim.

VSO announces new Chief Executive

15/12/2014 17:00:00

VSO, the international development organisation which works through volunteers, has appointed Dr Philip Goodwin as its new Chief Executive.

VSO responds to UN Secretary General Synthesis Report on Post 2015

05/12/2014 14:30:00

As we celebrate International Volunteer Day, VSO welcomes the Secretary General’s emphasis on volunteering in the report released yesterday on the Post 2015 agenda - whilst noting some "unfinished business"

Greater range of volunteers than ever step forward to help end poverty

01/12/2014 12:00:00

To mark International Volunteer Day on December 5th, VSO is launching a global campaign inviting people to #StepForward to support volunteering for development in 2015. 

#Stepforward: Panellists debate concept of ‘human capital’ in development

20/11/2014 10:56:00

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.

VSO launches battle on misinformation about Ebola in Sierra Leone

29/10/2014 15:54:00

VSO is supporting a vital new project in partnership with Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation to address the growing misinformation about Ebola, which the latest official figures show is still spreading quickly and preventing people from accessing basic medical services.

DFID supports new volunteering initiative for businesses to help developing countries grow

10/10/2014 11:11:00

Professionals will be able to use their skills and expertise to help change the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest places through a new programme, funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) and run by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Investment in quality teacher training needed to improve learning, says VSO’s CEO

07/10/2014 13:30:00

Increasing investment in teachers’ continuous professional development is crucial to improving learning outcomes , says the CEO of leading international development agency, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), on a visit to Uganda coinciding with World Teacher’s Day on October 5th.

Techno innovation helps teachers break barriers to education around the world

02/10/2014 09:28:00

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

02/10/2014 14:40:00

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.

BBC News talks to VSO about volunteer safety measures around ebola crisis

26/08/2014 15:04:00

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.”

Groundbreaking project sees Myanmar welcome foreign teacher trainers

21/08/2014 12:26:00

VSO is sending volunteer teacher trainers to Myanmar throughout August and September, marking a historic moment between Myanmar and the UK.

Young people lead the charge to end global poverty

11/08/2014 17:38:00

The world’s young people are leading the way when it comes to fighting global poverty, as the scale and scope of VSO's international youth volunteering programmes continue to grow.


Making sure economic growth benefits more Tanzanians

31/07/2014 15:27:00

VSO has joined forces with the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) to host the first ever forum spotlighting the supply side issues to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Tanzania. The idea behind the SME Managers’ Forum, taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this Friday (1 August), is to help financial institutions strategise on systematic barriers to SME financing and recognise best practice in this field from across the world.

VSO annual report celebrates year of income growth and positive impact

29/07/2014 14:46:00

VSO’s 2013-2014 annual report released this week shows it is cementing its role as a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering.

VSO appoints Jim Emerson as Chief Executive

17/07/2014 16:40:00

The board of VSO International has announced the appointment of Jim Emerson as chief executive, on a fixed term contract. Jim, who is currently Secretary General of ChildFund Alliance and a board member of the International Civil Society Centre, has more than 30 years of experience in international development and humanitarian work.

VSO International’s income rises by 20%

09/07/2014 14:50:00

VSO International, the development NGO that works through volunteers, has announced an impressive income growth for 2013 of 20%, up from £57m to £68.7m. The growth was across all income streams, and was achieved despite a planned reduction of £4m of support from DFID.

Randstad and VSO celebrate 10 year partnership at British Grand Prix

03/07/2014 14:45:00

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.

Dr Noerine Kaleeba joins VSO International Board

25/06/2014 09:06:00

Passionate about the global volunteer movement, Ugandan born Dr. Noerine Kaleeba recently joined the International Board of Trustees at VSO. Noerine has gained global recognition for her significant contribution to improving the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS and their families in Uganda. This is believed to be one of the key pillars of Uganda's relative success in addressing the AIDS pandemic.

VSO contributes to global civil society’s response to the post-2015 process

17/06/2014 17:00:00

Last week the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals produced its “Zero Draft” of goals and targets for the post-2015 framework, giving us a first glimpse at what the successor agreement to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) may look like.

Commissioner Georgieva recognises VSO EU Aid Volunteers’ contribution to resilience building in Haiyan-affected areas

11/06/2014 09:29:00

"We cannot stop disasters from happening but we can prevent them from killing more people”, Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response (ECHO), declared during a press conference for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management held at Diamond Hotel, Manila on June 5 2014.

VSO joins European Youth event to call for more avenues for active youth

09/05/2014 10:18:00

This week, VSO is participating in the first European Youth Event (EYE) 2014 in Strasbourg together with more than 5000 youth from all over Europe who have been invited to have their say about the future of the EU.

#ThankaMidwife campaign calls for more midwives to meet urgent global need

05/05/2014 00:01:00

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.

VSO Chief Executive announces departure

02/05/2014 17:01:00

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.

VSO in Rwanda: Transferring Skills and Rebuilding People in Rwanda

03/04/2014 17:26:00

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.

VSO Nepal marks 50 years of progress for country’s most marginalised people

26/03/2014 12:15:00

VSO, the world’s leading development NGO that fights poverty through volunteers, marks 50 years of working in Nepal and transforming the lives of thousands of marginalised people. Staff and partners of VSO Nepal are celebrating throughout the week and launching a commemorative book charting the role VSO has played in Nepal’s development.

VSO Jitolee celebrates women's rights in Kenya

26/03/2014 11:51:00

In Kenya, VSO Jitolee together with secure livelihoods partners, Illaramatak le Mpusel and Noomanyanat, celebrated this year's International Women's Day (March 8th) with a ceremony attended by 500 people in the Loitokitok district of Kajiado County.

VSO appoints John Sayer as Director of the Asia-Pacific region

24/01/2014 11:00:00

VSO, the world’s leading development NGO that fights poverty through volunteers, has appointed John Sayer as the Director of Asia-Pacific. John has more than 30 years of experience in international development. He got involved in development after moving to India in 1976 to work on agriculture and health projects.

Stephen Pidgeon appointed to VSO’s international board

14/01/2014 15:37:00

VSO, a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering, has appointed Stephen Pidgeon to its international board of trustees.

VSO Bahaginan in the Philippines is supporting disaster relief after typhoon Haiyan

26/11/2013 13:33:00

Pasig City, Philippines—VSO Bahaginan, an international development NGO that fights poverty through volunteering, is currently assisting humanitarian efforts as Filipinos begin to rebuild their homes and livelihoods following the destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan.

Health workers in Cambodia are undervalued and need to be incentivised if public health services are to improve for rural poor

08/11/2013 15:08:00

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.

VSO calls for volunteers to be at the vanguard of development in the fight against poverty

04/11/2013 00:01:00

VSO is calling for a more inclusive and sustainable post-2015 framework at Europe's leading forum on development cooperation at a high profile panel discussion in Brussels this November.

VSO reacts to UN summit on Millennium Development Goals

25/09/2013 15:46:00

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.

Excluding women from politics is a barrier to ending global poverty, says VSO

10/09/2013 00:01:00

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 [1]. 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

30/05/2013 20:30:00

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

09/04/2013 00:01:00

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

15/03/2013 15:30:00

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.

Celebrating 50 years of VSO Nepal

04/02/2013 10:00:00

VSO Nepal is busily preparing for its big 50th anniversary taking place next year. The team is organising an exciting range of events and projects to celebrate and raise awareness about VSO's life-changing work in the country.

VSO appoints Angela Salt as UK Director

14/11/2012 10:00:00

International development charity VSO today (14 November) announced the appointment of Angela Salt as VSO UK Director.

Landmark new policy to protect tens of thousands of women HIV carers across Zimbabwe

06/11/2012 09:30:00

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.

London UN development panel meeting: "People are tired of being told what they need" says VSO

31/10/2012 10:00:00

The High Level Panel advising the UN on the new post-2015 development framework, meeting in London this week (1 November) and co-chaired by David Cameron, must listen to and support people in poor countries who are already actively engaged in fighting poverty, rather than seeing them as passive beneficiaries, according to international development charity VSO.

VSO volunteer organises national competition for businesswomen in Tajikistan

12/10/2012 11:00:00

Farah-2012 was the first national competition in Tajikistan to find the best female entrepreneur. It involved women and organisations from all regions of Tajikistan and across a wide distribution of towns. Its great success was in creating networks of women and empowering women to improve and enhance their businesses.

Accenture and VSO give Entrepreneurship Award to shoemaker from Sierra Leone

01/10/2012 00:01:00

Accenture and VSO today announced that Umaro Kargo, a shoemaker from Makeni, Sierra Leone, is the winner of the Making Markets Work for the Poor: Entrepreneurship Award. The award, which honors an individual or group which demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit in the face of adversity, provides Mr. Kargo with $2,000 worth of in-kind support for business development training from VSO partners to help him build his business by accessing influential markets within West Africa.

“Moral obligation” to share skills overseas, says British doctor winning award for patient safety work in Ethiopia

28/09/2012 16:30:00

Dr Tom Bashford, 32, from London, last week won the Patient Safety Award from the Association of Anaesthetists of GB and Ireland, for his work promoting safe surgery while working as a VSO volunteer doctor in Ethiopia. He spoke today of a “moral obligation” to support developing countries with UK-trained medical professionals.

New 'EU Aid Volunteers' pilot scheme helps VSO rebuild South Sudan's health system


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

18/04/2012 00:01:00

A new partnership between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and VSO, announced today, will maximise the potential of volunteering to help citizens drive development forward themselves.

VSO partner petition persuades Tanzanian Government to make new commitments to farmers

26/03/2012 12:52:00

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

17/01/2012 14:35:00

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’s rescue efforts in Mindanao

03/01/2012 14:37:00

VSO Bahaginan is working directly with the Mindanao Emergency Response Network through the Ranaw Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Center to provide relief to thousands affected by Typhoon Washi. VSO Bahaginan is coordinating the distribution and purchase of relief goods and is planning medium and long-term interventions.

VSO Bahaginan and partner work to build new homes in Iligan

03/01/2012 12:55:00

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 underlines new global approach with appointments of International Board Trustees

05/12/2011 11:38:00

VSO underlined its new global focus with the appointment of a new Chair and six new trustees to its International Board.

VSO and Peace Corps Sign Agreement to Promote Volunteer Service

05/12/2011 11:32:00

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.

The value of volunteering is not in the science but in the art of being human

05/12/2011 00:01:00

VSO policy director, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi reflects on the importance of volunteering.

VSO calls for commitment to democratic ownership of aid in response to Forum on Aid Effectiveness

02/12/2011 11:51:00

The international community must translate promises of broad-based, democratic ownership of aid into concrete commitment and action, says development charity VSO in response to the agreements reached at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea on 1 December.

VSO China to launch second Volunteering Expo in Beijing

30/11/2011 14:00:00

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.

VSO partner employee nominated for Woman of the Year award

23/11/2011 10:30:00

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

04/11/2011 16:35:00

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).

Response to UK Government’s UN Women funding announcement: “a failure of ambition”

06/07/2011 10:03:00

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.

VSO response to UN Women’s ‘Progress of the World’s Women: In pursuit of justice’

06/07/2011 11:23:00

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.

VSO Statement: Women and girls at heart of Obama and Cameron aid pledge

25/05/2011 15:41:00

VSO welcomes Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama’s announcement that they plan to do more to prevent violence towards women, and to change the lives of the 1.2 billion poor people in the world today.

President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron announce partnership to strengthen volunteers’ fight against global poverty

25/05/2011 14:10:00

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.

NGOs raise concerns about proposed Cambodian law

08/04/2011 17:21:00

VSO has joined 61 other leading international non-government organisations to outline their concerns about a proposed new law that is to be adopted by the Cambodian Government.

State of emergency declared: VSO's Namibian volunteers on the front line

31/03/2011 10:27:00

Floods and storms are threatening the homes and work of VSO’s 54 international volunteers in Namibia.

VSO welcomes UN decision on women’s agency but calls on swift decisions to agree budget and mandate

16/09/2009 14:51:00

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). 

Global Campaign for Education launch World Cup intiative


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 new programme office in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

24/06/2009 00:01:00

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. 

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