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Vision, values and strategy

Our vision: A fair world for everyone

Our purpose is to create lasting change through volunteering.

We bring about change not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to empower people living in the some of the world’s poorest and most overlooked regions.

Our values

Collaboration

  • Empower poor and marginalised people to take charge of their own development.
  • Share skills and knowledge to create long lasting, sustainable change.
  • Build collaborative partnerships that promote innovation, growth and impact.

Knowledge

  • Lead volunteering for development, setting the standard for ourselves and others.
  • Use evidence and insight to guide our actions.
  • Recruit the right people and work where we have the greatest impact.

Inclusion

  • Stand beside and advocate for those who have been denied choice and opportunity.
  • Promote diversity and equality throughout our work.
  • Encourage different, inquisitive perspectives.

Integrity

  • Commit to safeguarding and take a zero-tolerance approach to abuse and harm.
  • Treat others with respect, as equals.
  • Be open, transparent and accountable in everything we do.

Our strategy: People First

Our strategy, People First, sets out how we will create lasting change by:

  • extending and deepening our impact through our programmes,
  • mobilising global citizens to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
  • positioning volunteering as a powerful tool to contribute to delivery of the SDGs.

Download our People First strategy (PDF) 

Working together

At VSO, we believe progress is only possible when we work together.

Partnerships lie at the root of all the positive transformation that we create. Together, we work on programme development and delivery, research, advocacy, and fundraising.

Partnerships

Find out more about VSO

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Annual review

Read our full annual review for 2019-20, and download reports from previous years.

Women farmers tend their crops in Bangladesh | VSO

Our work

We fight poverty not by sending aid, but by working through volunteers and partners to create long-lasting change in some of the world’s poorest regions.