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VSO is the world's leading independent international development organisation. VSO has been fighting global poverty through the power of volunteering for almost 60 years. Working in 23 of the poorest countries in the world, VSO harnesses the talents, energy and commitment of volunteers to strive for a more sustainable and equitable world. VSO country programs focus on three development goals: addressing education, health and livelihoods. VSO mobilises resources in these programs (including volunteers, funds and intellectual resources) from many countries, including: the UK, Canada, The Philippines, The Netherlands, Kenya, India, Ireland, Australia, Uganda, and the USA.

VSO's vision is a world without poverty in which people work together to fulfil their potential. In 2016, their volunteers supported the training of over 66,000 teachers and nearly 32,000 health practitioners. Through working with local organisations, businesses and cooperatives 146,000 people were better able to provide for themselves and their families.

VSO's purpose is to promote volunteering to fight global poverty and disadvantage. VSO bring people together to share skills, creativity and learning to build a fairer world.

Please see VSO’s Annual Report for more information.


IVCO 2015 Tokyo Declaration Draft

Valuing Volunteering: The Role of Volunteering in Sustainable Development

Inspiring Employee Volunteering – China Research Study: Inspiring Corporate Volunteering in China

Where Would the World be Without Volunteering?: The impact of volunteering in international development

Returned Volunteers Mentoring National Volunteers

VSO’s Diaspora volunteering initiative

The Role of Volunteers in International Development: VSO Position Paper

Youth Volunteering Making an Impact

Building a National Volunteering Program: The Uganda National Volunteers Link (UNVL)

South to South volunteering: The case of VSO Jitolee

Plenary Session A: Changing Asia through International Volunteerism – Innovations and Challenges

Peer Support for Volunteer-Sending Agencies: Sharing good practices

Research Presentation and Discussion: The Value of International Volunteering

Valuing volunteering in the development mainstream: Personal testimony of Achieving Significant Change

A Life of Service – and fulfilling my Purpose: Personal testimony of Achieving Significant Change

Climate Change Discussion