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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.

VSO is delighted that Lords turned out in force today to support the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, which guarantees the UK's commitment to overseas aid. The bill sees the UK commit to continue spending 0.7% of its Gross National Income on overseas aid.

Angela Salt, Director of VSO in the UK says:

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.

The BIG Lottery Fund has approved £495,462 of funding to VSO for a three-year project  - ‘Improving Health of HIV positive prisoners in Zimbabwe’.

Last night VSO was the winner of an esteemed Employee Engagement Award at the Chiswell Street Brewery in London. The Employee Engagement Awards celebrate forward-thinking organisations striving to do things differently.

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.

International Volunteer Day, 5 December 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.

Increasing investment in teachers’ continuous professional development is crucial to improving learning outcomes , says the CEO of leading international development agency, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), on a visit to Uganda coinciding with World Teacher’s Day on October 5th.