VSO’s 2013-2014 annual report released this week shows it is cementing its role as a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering.
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VSO, a leading international development charity that fights poverty through volunteering, has appointed Sam Younger as the UK board chair and international board vice chair.
Sam was the previous chief executive of the Charity Commission and has over 30 years experience working in regulation, public policy and charity. He has had many positions of leadership and previously worked as the founding chair for the Electoral Commission, director general of the British Red Cross, and managing director of the BBC World Service.
The Randstad-VSO partnership celebrates its 10th anniversary by featuring the VSO logo on the Williams Martini Racing car, at the Silverstone race on 6 July, 2014. Randstad and VSO have been working together since 2004 to effectively recruit volunteers to help fight poverty around the world.
To mark International Day of the Midwife 2014 (Monday 5 May) , VSO has launched a social media campaign to celebrate the role of midwives worldwide, and the hundreds of VSO volunteers that have taken part in midwife placements across the developing world.
The ‘#ThankaMidwife’ campaign, which launches today, invites people to post baby pictures and to show their gratitude to the midwives who helped ensure their and/ or their children’s safe birth.
Clive Ingleby, Global Health Advisor at VSO said:
International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, has announced a new VSO-led initiative to send some of the UK’s finest young entrepreneurial minds to work with a series of businesses across the developing world.
The new ICS Entrepreneur scheme forms part of the UK Government’s successful International Citizen Service (ICS) programme.
Responding to DFID’s “refresh” of its strategic vision of women and girls, Angela Salt, Director of VSO UK said:
“VSO welcomes today’s refresh of the strategic vision for women and girls, which represents an important and timely commitment from the government. DFID has made a significant pledge to “promote girls and women as leaders in politics, peace processes, business and public life, and as active citizens with a voice in society”.
VSO’s patron HRH the Princess Royal has officially opened the international development charity’s head office in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. HRH the Princess Royal has been a patron of VSO since 2005 and has visited several VSO programmes in a variety of countries, including Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
World leaders today (25 Sept 2013) set out an agenda for meeting the outstanding Millennium Development Goals and establishing the next set of goals after 2015.
Marg Mayne, Chief Executive of international development charity VSO International, said in response:
On the outcome document:
At current rates of progress it will take 120 years before women make up half of world leaders and more than 50 years before women are equally represented in the world’s parliaments, warns a new report published today (10 Sept 2013) by international development charity VSO . Globally, women and girls make up almost two thirds of those living in extreme poverty, yet women have the least say in what is done to tackle it.
A new VSO campaign is urging older people to volunteer overseas.
Three out of five (60%) retirees who consider themselves to have professional skills and experience say that these are being wasted since they retired, according to new research from international development organisation VSO.