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Hannah Al-Othman is one of 14 people registered to run the London Marathon for VSO this Sunday, hoping to raise a total of over £30,000 for the charity. VSO is the world’s leading international development organisation that uses volunteers to fight poverty and reduce inequality.
Hannah volunteered with VSO in Cambodia between 2010 and 2011 as a Community Education Advisor. When she was there, she used to wake up really early to run to beat the heat before 8am. In the final month of her placement she ran around Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat temple complex.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.