12:59 07/09/2010

Run up to the MDG summit

We were really pleased to get this article published in the Financial Times, signed by our Chief Executive Marg Mayne.  It’s really important to get letters published this week in the run up to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit in New York next week. VSO has good programme experience on increasing poor peoples access to… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Classroom in Kéléo Cameroon

Will MDG Summit help Asta complete her schooling?

The United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is taking place on 20-22 September. When world leaders meet in New York, they will recommit themselves to the promise they made to meet MDGs by 2015.

As a backdrop to the MDG summit, I wanted to learn about the progress… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Advocacy: lobbying, campaigning, media, coalitions

The best job in the world?

Sometimes I think I have the best job in VSO. Why’s that?  It’s because I know that the work we do leads to long-term improvements  on the lives of thousands of the worlds poorest people.

The Advocacy team here is at the centre of a web. We get news and stories from VSO staff from Read more »


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