I visited Nepal last month to see how VSO colleagues have been supporting communities struck by the terrible earthquakes three months ago. I was blown away – both by the incredible efforts of volunteers, and the results we are already seeing thanks to the generosity of caring VSO supporters who allowed us to double the scale of our work in the country when it mattered most.
Volunteers like Jessica stayed in Nepal after the quakes and are seeing progress - thanks to you
As a young person, I believe that we must all learn to recognise the role youth can play within our communities and the impact we can make. It’s important that other people, particularly people in positions of power, recognise our contribution too.
If you think that being young is a barrier to making a difference - then think again. Take a look at these 9 incredible individuals who have turned their passions into action on a large scale. And the exciting thing? This is just scratching the surface.
Young people are often best positioned to create and contribute to large scale and sustainable change, as such we believe they are critical to and for development.
Negotiations are in the final stages at the UN in New York, to agree the wording of an agenda that will steer development for the next fifteen years.
Eight days down, two to go. These negotiations on the final make up of the Sustainable Development Goals framework in New York are nearly over so it’s a good time to step back and reflect on progress and flag up some obstacles that might still remain.
Sierra Leone is one of the most frightening places in which to be a pregnant woman – with one of the world’s highest proportion of mothers dying in childbirth and 44 in every 1000 newborns failing to make it to 28 days old.
Over a year has passed since the first confirmed case of Ebola in Sierra Leone. Since then the disease has taken close to 4000 lives in the country - and the death toll continues to rise. Even though new cases have declined and are now limited to sporadic flare ups, the battle isn’t over. Grave risk to life is still posed by the strain the outbreak has placed on Sierra Leone’s fragile health systems.
4 reasons the financing for development conference matters
2015 is a pivotal year in the fight to end global poverty. In September, our elected leaders will agree on a new set of goals that will guide the development agenda for the next 15 years. These goals – currently known as the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs are ambitious; aiming to end extreme poverty, achieve universal health coverage, gender equity, and quality education for all by 2030, among other big ideas.
The tough training, the early mornings and long evenings. The sacrificed weekends and of course, the fundraising. And for what? A medal and some finish line photographs of you looking – well, not your best. So why do I and the thousands of others take part in these gruelling challenges for charity?
Stephanie Green, a VSO volunteer in northern Ghana, has been talking to women’s groups and local women leaders. She finds that the main barriers to decision-making are not only women’s lack of education and representation, but also cultural attitudes and getting appropriate funding.