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Fulani boy grazing cows in Ferlo desert, Senegal, 2017
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Inside the climate-driven conflict in Nigeria

In Nigeria last year, six times more people were killed in clashes between herdsmen and farmers than in attacks by terrorist group Boko Haram. So why aren’t we hearing more on this issue?

Randstad volunteer Jenny Hoevenagel looks at crops in a field next to members of a youth co-operative
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Corporate volunteering: Meet the CEO who wants you to take more time off

Step away from the day job. After 15 years of partnership with VSO, Randstad’s CEO, Jacques van den Broek, tells us why he wants his employees to take time to volunteer.

Karamoja Uganda
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Eight ways corporate volunteering benefits business

VSO Knowledge Exchange offers skilled employees in the private sector a way to volunteer to help change the lives of people in some of the world’s poorest places.

Brown Niyonsaba teaching sign language to community health worker Judith Mugirente
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Leaving no one behind in global health

Despite significant leaps forward in global health over the past few decades, millions of people are unable to access the healthcare they deserve. It’s now imperative that we reach those left behind before it's too late.

Cyclone Idai aftermath

Cyclone Idai: VSO Update

According to the UN, Cyclone Idai may be the worst such disaster ever to occur in the Southern Hemisphere. We have trained volunteers on the ground and are doing all we can to help with the immediate recovery.

Elizabeth Kisakye, recipient of the Resilient Communities Volunteer Award, 2019

Surviving Cyclone Idai: Elisabeth's story

Volunteer Elisabeth Kisakye, her husband and baby daughter endured a terrifying experience when they were battered by Cyclone Idai in Mozambique's Manica Province. But, as she explains in her report from the field, millions of others are now enduring far worse horrors. Find out how you can help.

Women in a policing station in Pakistan
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From grassroots to government: Taking the fight for gender equality to the top

Dr Madhuri Singh has been working to end gender-based violence for over 30 years. In 2017, she used her expertise as an eminent VSO volunteer in Pakistan to take the fight against gender-based violence to the highest level.

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Without engaging men, gender equality may be beyond our reach. Here’s why...

Men and women both need to be brought on board to create a #BalanceforBetter. Our experience shows that when men are engaged, they become active allies in the struggle for gender equality, writes VSO Gender Adviser Geeta Pradhan.

Aisha Usman stands by a wall, one participant of a farming project in Nigeria
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5 lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs – from the women who’ve been there

What does it take to start up your own business? For International Women’s Day, we speak to five women from around the world on their best business advice.

VSO Bangladesh volunteer Nowrin is pictured with the member of an all-women farming collective at Bhelarpara, Birampur, in Dinajpurpur, northern Bangladesh
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Nowrin vs female farmer poverty

As the sole female volunteer on VSO’s rural livelihoods programme in Bangladesh, Nowrin Sultana, 26, is in demand. For the last two years, she’s been working to financially empower all-female farming groups in rural communities in the northern district of Rangpur.

VSO community volunteer Laxmi in Nepal
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Laxmi vs education inequality

Laxmi is a community volunteer 'Big Sister' helping girls in Surkhet, Nepal go back to school and finish their education.

Boys in a classroom in a small village school near Mindat town, Myanmar.
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Making sure no student gets left behind in Myanmar

In Myanmar, with a newly-elected government and an education system undergoing major changes, we are urgently recruiting VSO volunteers to help teachers adapt.