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How we are funded

VSO's work would not be possible without funding and donations from agencies, trusts, private companies and the general public.

Income for the year totalled £78 million


VSO has been working in Ethiopia since 1995, changing lives through our work in health, education and with young people. 


VSO Nigeria works with farmers, students, women and youths across Kwara, Nasarawa, Katsina, Kano, Niger and Zamfara States.

In the last year, VSO has been making significant impact in the lives of some of the most impoverished and marginalised in society with interventions in the areas of livelihoods and education.


VSO is one of the longest serving INGOs in Nepal. All told, we've worked in 59 of Nepal's 77 districts, partnering since 1964 with government ministries and line agencies, national commissions, NGOs, donors and communities to support those most in need.


Since 1998, VSO has been supporting the country's development of education, health and livelihoods by placing committed and skilled volunteers in the field to identify problems, innovate and find sustainable solutions. 

We promote active citizenship and support youth and adolescents to improve service delivery, infrastructure and knowledge sharing. We work with communities to build engagement, improve skills and increase accountability.


Our work in Malawi is helping children achieve at school. It’s lighting up remote villages and empowering women. And it’s helping prisoners with HIV get the treatment they need.


Since 1959, VSO has been working in Kenya to create a world without poverty. We work through volunteers to promote community development, and deliver high impact development projects.

VSO Kenya works in three thematic areas: inclusive education, youth employment and entrepreneurship and social accountability. We integrate social accountability, social inclusion and gender and resilience into our programmes.


In Rwanda, as a result of VSO programmes, the number of women in leadership positions increased from 65 to 83 and the number of people with disabilities in leadership positions increased from 58 to 73. The 29 cooperatives supported by us increased their yield saving from 2,675,500 Rwandan franc (RWF) (around £2,700) to 22,470,000 RWF (around £23,000) in total. 


We have three decades of experience working in India.

We support a dynamic mix of volunteers to deliver livelihoods and education initiatives. Alongside Indian and international experts, we work with distinguished corporate partners including IBM, Randstad, Vodafone and Bharti Infratel to support the most poor and marginalised communities. 

Valuing Volunteering

Research conducted with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) reveals how and why volunteering interventions impact upon poverty.