Volunteer Elles Blanken finds out what it is really like to work and speak at the UN, and has 120 seconds in which to sum up a plea to bolster women’s decision-making power through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The sound of frantic ticking on laptops is all around me in the public area… Read more »
During the second meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development at the UN in New York last week, VSO International trustee Anjali Sen spoke to UN Member States on behalf of Volunteer Groups. There she told global decision makers that volunteering is an effective method of engaging people in their own… Read more »
Valuing Volunteering: How much do we understand about the complex impacts of volunteering to alleviate poverty?
The researchers from our Valuing Volunteers research project have been in-country for six months. The project, jointly run with Institute of Development Studies (IDS), critically looks at how volunteering impacts poverty. Research is taking place in The Philippines, China, Nepal, Kenya, Mozambique and Ghana. Simon Lewis, our researcher based in Kenya, blogs about the latest… Read more »
Last week I had a conversation with Debra McDaniel, a returned VSO volunteer. Speaking on the phone to me from her family home in the USA, she did what any great communicator does: with confidence, experience and initiative, she made me believe in the cause of people that I had never met and whose situation… Read more »
I am leaving VSO this week after five years working on international advocacy. As I clear my desk I have been thinking about some of the unanswered challenges – and the greatest of these is ‘value for money’. I have been asked many times how we can prove the effectiveness of our work. If we… Read more »
VSO has worked with Delhi-based youth organisation Swechha for many years. We have provided them with long-term volunteers and youth volunteers as part of the International Citizen Service. Vedika Jiandani, Youth Action Supervisor at Swechha tells us about the recent campaigns her organisation has been working on.
Three years ago India officially recognised education… Read more »