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12:59 07/09/2010
Valuing Volunteering Training at the Institute of Development Studies

Valuing Volunteering one step closer to becoming reality

If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further than the Institute for Development Studies (IDS). After an intense week of training spent in mid-January, I left more than inspired about the value of volunteering. I was joined by a few more VSO staff members and two outgoing VSO volunteers, all of… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Civil society organisations demonstrators in Kenya

Fund the Fund – now!

Excuse me for sounding like a broken record regarding the Global Fund (Global Fund on AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM))!

My updates from the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) dwelt on this issue and here is some more; it’s just that it is a serious issue, literally a matter… Read more »

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