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Our evaluation strategy

A culture of learning and evaluation drives our effectiveness, relevance, impact and sustainability.  It also helps increase understanding of the unique contribution volunteering makes to sustainable development.

We strive to embed a culture of learning and evaluation by:

Boosting youth employment and income in Northern Uganda

Northern Uganda has long struggled with development following years of conflict. Many children and young people were displaced during the fighting and their education suffered. Today, around eight in every ten young people in Uganda are unemployed.

VSO volunteers are supporting young people here to access education and training in employment and agriculture, to boost their income. We are also working with them to create farming co-operatives.


Bangkok is our regional hub for programming across Asia and Pacific. It supports programmes based in:

South East Asia and Pacific

  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar
  • the Philippines
  • Thailand

Central, East and South Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan

Supporting volunteerism

Our Volunteering for Development programme supports and advocates volunteerism in Thailand at the community, national and policy level.


RHAISA – the Regional HIV and AIDS Initiative for Southern Africa – operates in six countries:  eSwatini, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Our projects focus on people affected by the HIV and AIDS pandemic at the community, national and policy level. There are three main areas:


In Lesotho we focus on improving adolescent sexual reproductive health and social accountability.


Our work in Zimbabwe is focused on gender equality, and improved health systems and support for people affected by HIV and AIDS.


This year, VSO Zambia reached 1422 members of support groups. Of these, 13% were males and 87% females. Through the ICS programme, Sexual and Reproductive Health activities reached out to a total of 37,648 primary actors. 


The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than 7,000 islands, composed of three main island groups: Luzon, Visaya and Mindanao. Located in the western Pacific Ocean, it has an area of 300,000 square kilometers, and is one of the world’s great reservoirs of biodiversity with hundreds of native species.

The Philippines is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, but poverty and inequality continues to be a considerable challenge. It’s also incredibly diverse, with 19 recognised languages spoken across the Philippines.

Structure and governance

VSO operates internationally through a series of international fundraising and recruitment hubs, and a strong network of programme offices in developing countries.

VSO is governed by the International Board and Executive Board.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the main decision-making group within VSO. It holds responsibility for quarterly setting and reviewing of objectives, budgets and the strategic direction of VSO.