Bosco is a 23 year-old Tanzanian who has a bright future ahead of him. He used to earn a small income growing and selling mangoes but the recent discovery of untapped gas reserves off the coast of Tanzania has created a surge in employment opportunities. Keen to benefit from the huge investment that is now… Read more »
Sarah Witts works in VSO’s International Communications team, and has been volunteering in the UK and Africa for the past decade. Here she reflects on the impact that volunteering can have in fighting poverty.
Like many VSO volunteers and staff, I often find myself challenging scepticism about the contribution that volunteering makes towards international development.… Read more »
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.