At the turn of the millennium, world leaders agreed on eight anti-poverty goals with aims ranging from halving extreme poverty rates and halting the spread of HIV and AIDs to providing universal primary education. These Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have kick-started efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. Today, world leaders are meeting… Read more »
Should development agencies support community health volunteers or only advocate for fully trained health professionals? Should village health workers be paid or not? What circumstances create a successful community health worker programme? VSO has published a new Position Paper on Community Health Volunteering to help answer questions like these. The paper draws on… Read more »
Zanzibar has made great achievements in the provision of schools since its independence, growing from some 20 schools in 1964 to almost 350 in early 2010. However, maintaining the quality of education within this enormous expansion has been difficult.
I was delighted to hear about the fantastic progress of a research project that I’ve been supporting in Zanzibar. VSO volunteers Martin Brown and Yasmin Ajmal were working directly for the Commissioner for Education and Director of Inspection in the Zanzibar Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT).
Over the course of their… Read more »
‘Opportunities multiply when they are seized, die when they are not!’ Benjamin Franklin’s inspiring words rang true at the workshop for MPs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, held from 17 to 19 April 2011 in Naivasha, Kenya. The workshop that was organised jointly by VSO Jitolee and Read more »