12:59 07/09/2010
VSO Ethiopia trip

Value for money and advocacy

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 »

12:59 07/09/2010
Swechha street performance in Delhi

Something to shout about: India’s Right to Education Act

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 »

12:59 07/09/2010
Participant at workshop

Tackling our assumptions about volunteering

I felt fortunate at the end of last month to join a group of VSO volunteers who were at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to learn about systemic action research, and how they will be able to apply this methodology to VSO’s Valuing Volunteering project.

You may remember Violeta Vajda… Read more »


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