NGOs and government jointly commit to improving safeguarding standards
NGOs, DFID, the Charity Commission and safeguarding experts pledged to improve safeguarding standards, following the Safeguarding Summit on 5 March 2018. Here is our joint statement.
Five women who will give you hope for the future
We all know we've got a long way to go on the road to gender equality. But millions of creative, sharp and determined women refuse to wait around for that day – they're taking action now.
Making the dough: Women in Ghana on baking for a better future
VSO and Mondelēz International, one of the world’s largest confectionary companies, are equipping women farmers with training and support to start their own business enterprises. Two women share the story of how Cocoa Life has given them more independence.
What does ‘Zero Tolerance’ mean at VSO?
As new revelations about abuse and harassment within our sector come to light, we at VSO have also been reflecting on what ‘zero tolerance’ means to us as an organisation.
Our commitment to the world’s most vulnerable
As Chief Executive of an international development organisation, recent reports on sexual abuse and exploitation carried out by employees at aid organisations have been incredibly difficult to read and watch. They have left me feeling appalled and at times disillusioned.
10 snapshots into life as a volunteer doctor in Uganda
Hi, I’m Dr Lierka Rodriguez. I am a volunteer obstetrician and gynaecologist working in rural Uganda. Here are some of my favourite moments of my time as a volunteer.
Domestic burden: Young wives in Nepal face violence for 'falling short'
In Nepal, married women are expected to be the perfect wives and mothers. VSO research into the Baglung District of Nepal has shown this problem goes much deeper - women face violence for not meeting these exacting standards, living in claustrophobic communities where all eyes are on them.
The year in review: Seven stories we loved in 2017
As 2017 draws to a close, we look back on the incredible work of our volunteers across the world. Whether it’s supporting children in the aftermath of Ebola or resuscitating a baby in a maternal ward in Uganda, volunteers continue to bring us a step closer to ending poverty each year.
Over fifty years later this volunteer's presence is still being felt
In 1956 David Hoggett volunteered alongside the founder of VSO, assissting Hungarian refugees. His brother Christopher remembers VSO in his Will.