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25 Mar 2015 - 16:17

Today the historic International Development Bill receives Royal Assent. The Bill has already been agreed in the House of Parliament and Lords, but today’s Royal Assent means that the Bill is now officially an Act of Parliament – a law.

The new law is known as the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act. The UK Government is now committed to spending 0.7% of the country’s Gross National Income on International Development.

6 Mar 2015 - 15:22

International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2015

VSO is calling on governments to increase women’s participation and influence in decision-making. Negotiations around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will shape the development agenda for the next fifteen years are entering a crucial phase in March. VSO is calling for a clear target and indicators on increasing women’s participation and influence to be included under a standalone goal on gender equality and women’s rights.

15 Jan 2015 - 16:08

January 15, 2015 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.

Since the conception of the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago, Kenya has seen unprecedented progress in free primary school enrolment, reductions in the number of HIV/AIDS cases and overall poverty has reduced, although only marginally.

15 Jan 2015 - 14:39

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.

15 Dec 2014 - 17:00

Monday, 15th December, 2014:  VSO, the international development organisation which works through volunteers, has appointed Dr Philip Goodwin as the new Chief Executive. Philip is currently Chief Executive at Tree Aid, an organisation that unlocks the potential of trees to tackle poverty and protect the environment in dryland Africa.

5 Dec 2014 - 12:15

International Volunteer Day, Dec 5th, 2014

As we celebrate International Volunteer Day today, VSO welcomes the Secretary General’s emphasis on volunteering in the report released yesterday on the Post 2015 agenda.

“By acknowledging that volunteering is a powerful means of not only tacking inequality and alleviating poverty, but also of putting people at the heart of development efforts, we are raising the voices of millions of people worldwide for the first time.” said Priya Nath, Global Policy and Advocacy Advisor (Post-2015), VSO.

5 Dec 2014 - 11:40

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. 

20 Nov 2014 - 11:46

20/11/2014 10:56:00

Tuesday the 2nd December 2014 
15.00 to 18.30 
Residence Palace – Polak Room, 155, Rue de la Loi - 1040 Brussels

Register here

29 Oct 2014 - 10:54

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.