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Through its work with youth, VSO aims to improve the lives of young people living in poverty, support young people to be active in development work, and support youth participation within their communities.

VSO has joined forces with the Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) to host the first ever forum spotlighting the supply side issues to financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Tanzania. The idea behind the SME Managers’ Forum, taking place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, this Friday (1 August), is to help financial institutions strategise on systematic barriers to SME financing and recognise best practice in this field from across the world.  

VSO’s 2013-2014 annual report released this week shows it is cementing its role as a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering.

Over the last year, the charity’s income rose from £57 million to £68.7million – an increase of 20%. This is particularly impressive given the challenging economic climate. Growth was represented across all income streams, with individual giving increasing by 17%, and legacies growing by an impressive 75% in the UK.  

VSO, a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering, has appointed Sam Younger as the UK board chair and international board vice chair.

Sam was the previous chief executive of the Charity Commission and has over 30 years experience working in regulation, public policy and charity. He has had many positions of leadership and previously worked as the founding chair for the Electoral Commission, director general of the British Red Cross, and managing director of the BBC World Service.

VSO International, the development NGO that works through volunteers, has announced an impressive income growth for 2013 of 20%, up from £57m to £68.7m. The growth was across all income streams, and was achieved despite a planned reduction of £4m of support from DFID.

After 5 years as Chief Executive of VSO, Marg Mayne is stepping down to take up a new role at UK based social enterprise, My Time Active.

Marg Mayne said:

“I can honestly say that my time at VSO has been the most stimulating and rewarding of my career to date. I am proud of growing our credentials as the leading development NGO that works through volunteers.”

Mari Simonen, Chair of the VSO International Board of Trustees, said:

As people in Rwanda come together on Monday 7 April to mark "Kwibuka 20", to commemorate the genocide of 1994, VSO reflects on its role in the development and rehabilitation of the country and its people.

VSO Nepal celebrates fifty years of improving the lives of thousands of impoverished and marginalised groups across the country, including women and girls and socially marginalised people.  The last half a century has seen momentous change in Nepal.  In 1964, when VSO opened its doors in Kathmandu, the majority of the country’s population were subsistence farmers with just 1 person in 12 able to read. The country had one of the worst poverty rates in the world.

In Kenya, VSO Jitolee together with secure livelihoods partners, Illaramatak le Mpusel and Noomanyanat, celebrated this year's International Women's Day (March 8th) with a ceremony attended by 500 people in the Loitokitok district of Kajiado County.

John started his career as a dairy farmer in Wales and has previously been Executive Director of the Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong and Interim Executive Director of Oxfam International.

John will be leading and overseeing the strategic development and implementation of VSO’s programmes in the Asia Pacific area and work to maximise VSO’s impact on ending poverty through volunteering.