12:59 07/09/2010

IVCO Lima sees collective commitment to push for volunteerism in post-2015 agenda

What do we want the world to look like in 2030? In a little over a year, the global community will have arrived at a definitive answer. As the leading international development organisation that uses volunteers to bring about sustainable global change, VSO is leading the charge to ensure that the power ofRead more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Baroness Jenny Tonge at the panel discussion

Influencing the UK Government to support all health workers

Human resources are a central part of functioning health systems and are critical for achieving global health and development targets including the Millennium Development Goals.  Health workers are essential for delivering vital health services to women and girls throughout their lives.

In advance of the Third Global Forum on Human Resources for Health that’s… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Score Foundation - Project Eyeway

Changing perceptions and empowering visually impaired people in India

On World Sight Day, VSO volunteer Claire Boxall, public relations and communications specialist at Score Foundation, blogs about changing perceptions of blind people in India.

Around 8 million people in India are blind.

India was one of the first signatories to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons withRead more »


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