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12:59 07/09/2010

A call to build a nation

For many years VSO staff and volunteers in Thailand have spoken of how important Aung San Suu Kyi is in the struggle for democracy in the region. Last week various VSO staff were able to attend speaking engagements with her during her tour of the UK. Mark Rowland attended her address to the joint UKRead more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Campaigners at Rio +20

Sustainable development won’t work without equal participation of women

Twenty years ago world leaders came together to develop and agree a plan of action to address the pressing challenges facing our planet. The landmark Earth Summit resulted in the creation of a sustainable development agenda that brought together environmental, social and economic concerns for the first time and identified a set 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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Post-2015: Time to engage young people

It’s always great to be in room with other people who are passionate about supporting young people to become more engaged in international development.

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Action Agenda highlights the invisible hand of volunteers

Last week saw the United Nations’ DPI/NGO conference bring together more than 2000 delegates from 902 organisations to decide on an ‘Action Agenda’ for the post-2015 process. With one year to go before an agreement is reached on the framework to follow the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), this year’s conference was an important

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