At least one in ten people around the world cannot read or write. Of the 774 million illiterate adults, approximately two thirds are women. The vast majority of them are living in developing countries.
That means that if you have read this far, you are richer than close to… Read more »
Tea, cocoa and sugar are enjoyed every day by millions of people around the world – often with little thought given to their origins and the people working to produce them.
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 »
Reading about Magnus and his ‘living below the line’ challenge had me wondering if it was possible to feed myself on the equivalent of £1 a day here in Accra. I asked my Ghanaian colleagues in the office if they thought it was possible. They thought it would be but only if it wasn’t… Read more »
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 »
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 »