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.
Who we work with
The Department for International Development leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.
Our network spans over 20 countries, including more than 500 local organisations, businesses and governments.
We also work with respected funders, academic institutions and advocacy platforms to create change.
Our work with the private sector allows us to share our global networks and expertise with some of the best-known organisations in the world.
Working with VSO
Our partners value our extensive networks and expertise in working through volunteers to achieve sustainable development outcomes.
Irish Aid values very much its partnership with VSO on the Pilot Programme on Volunteering. The VSO volunteers are working strenuously in Karamoja, the most disadvantaged subregion in Uganda, to improve education access and quality. In a hard-to-reach location, the VSO programme is achieving strong outcomes towards more sustainable development.
Frank Kirwan, IrishAid
To us, VSO is not just a partner but rather an enabler that places its partners first. The VSO team offered the needed technical and professional assistance in making sure we collectively succeed to not only end Ebola, but most importantly, changing attitudes, culture and practices for improved health outcomes. What could we have done without partners like VSO in desperate health emergencies like what we experienced in Sierra Leone?
Musa Ansumana Soko, CEO; Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Network (WASH-Net), Sierra Leone
A strength of VSO is the flexibility in terms of planning, developing a project from the beginning, including everyone, consulting together… this means that there is flexibility in implementation and decisions… there is real partnership with VSO and this leads to better outcomes.
Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training
Through working closely with VSO, we support our members with an interest in volunteering as a valuable part of their professional development. Through volunteering with VSO, RCN members have invested in their own continuous professional development, while supporting nurses in less developed countries to strengthen their own health systems for the long-term.
Ilona Johnston, Royal College of Nursing
The NASUWT has a real commitment to the professional development of teachers and to supporting the activities of those working to sustain and enhance educational provision in developing countries. The Union is therefore proud of its longstanding relationship with VSO, an organisation that makes a valuable contribution to both these important goals as a result of its work to give teachers and school leaders a chance to share their skills and expertise in many different countries. Through the placements that VSO is able to arrange, schools and staff in developing countries and in the UK gain genuine and lasting benefits.
Chris Keates, General Secretary, NASUWT
Private sector engagement
VSO works with the private sector at all levels, including with some of the best known companies in the world.
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