Our theory of change

Our Theory of Change explains how we make a distinct difference to poor communities and ensure our contribution is a lasting one.

We know that volunteering is a practical way to tackle poverty and inequality:

  • our international volunteers transfer knowledge and experience not locally available, and
  • our national volunteers use their skills and cultural understanding to make a local impact.

We also create specific opportunities for young people and those with origins in developing nations but who now live elsewhere in the world (diaspora communities). 

Our role

We have a crucial role tackling poverty, by:

  1. mobilising volunteers and volunteering initiatives;
  2. creating the policies and legislative environment for volunteering; and
  3. supporting the development of national volunteering infrastructure.

Download our Global Theory of Change

Find out more about our theory of change, our value chain, and our distinct role by downloading our Global Theory of Change [PDF].