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Stephen has 30 years of fundraising experience and is a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising. Since retiring he has spoken at conferences, taught fundraising and consulted with charities throughout the world. Stephen has recently been made a visiting professor of direct response fundraising at Plymouth University.

Pasig City, Philippines — VSO Bahaginan, an international development NGO that fights poverty through volunteering, is currently assisting humanitarian efforts as Filipinos begin to rebuild their homes and livelihoods following the destruction caused by typhoon Haiyan. 

Health workers in Cambodia are undervalued and face huge challenges which prevent them from working effectively in the provision of public health services, a report published today reveals.

Research carried out by VSO in partnership with MEDiCAM, highlights the barriers faced by health workers in the country.

The report, Valuing Health Workers, urges the government to address low salaries, shortages of drugs and equipment, poor support and inadequate supervision and calls for greater investment in the professional development of health workers.

VSO is calling for a more inclusive and sustainable post-2015 framework at Europe's leading forum on development cooperation at a high profile panel discussion in Brussels this November.

VSO, the world's leading international development NGO that brings people together to fight poverty through volunteering, is holding aVolunteering for Development lab discussion at the EU Development Days conference on 27 November, 2013.

Speakers on the panel include:

World leaders today (25 Sept) set out an agenda for meeting the outstanding Millennium Development Goals and establishing the next set of goals after 2015.

Marg Mayne, Chief Executive of international development charity VSO International, said in response:

At current rates of progress it will take 120 years before women make up half of world leaders and more than 50 years before women are equally represented in the world’s parliaments, warns a new report published today (10 Sept 2013) by international development charity VSO [1]. Globally, women and girls make up almost two thirds of those living in extreme poverty, yet women have the least say in what is done to tackle it.

This week, VSO is participating in the first European Youth Event (EYE) 2014 in Strasbourg together with more than 5000 youth from all over Europe who have been invited to have their say about the future of the EU.

Representing VSO in Strasbourg, Nicole Johnson , Head of VSO’s Youth Programmes will be sharing details of the work VSO does to harness the positive energy of youth volunteers to deliver sustainable development outcomes for the communities we work with in Africa and Asia. 

VSO Thailand/Myanmar launch a new report: In School, In Society: Early Childhood Development in Myanmar Migrant Communities at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand at 10:30am on Tuesday 9 April 2013.

An event held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, celebrated and wrapped up VSO's 15-year commitment and partnership with the Sri Lankan mental health service.

VSO Nepal is busily preparing for its big 50th anniversary taking place next year. The team is organising an exciting range of events and projects to celebrate and raise awareness about VSO's life-changing work in the country.

The various projects that are underway to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations include:

  • an anniversary book compiling VSO Nepal's history and its volunteers' inspirational stories and photos

  • a book launch and cultural celebration bringing together VSO partners and supporters