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Mar 25 2015 - 4:18pm

Today the historic International Development Bill receives Royal Assent. The Bill has already been agreed in the House of Parliament and Lords, but today’s Royal Assent means that the Bill is now officially an Act of Parliament – a law.

The new law is known as the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act. The UK Government is now committed to spending 0.7% of the country’s Gross National Income on International Development.

Mar 9 2015 - 3:30pm

VSO is delighted that Lords turned out in force today to support the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, which guarantees the UK's commitment to overseas aid. The bill sees the UK commit to continue spending 0.7% of its Gross National Income on overseas aid.

Angela Salt, Director of VSO in the UK says:

Mar 8 2015 - 12:01am

International Women’s Day, 8 March 2015

VSO is calling on governments to increase women’s participation and influence in decision-making. Negotiations around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will shape the development agenda for the next fifteen years are entering a crucial phase in March.   VSO is calling for a clear target and indicators on increasing women’s participation and influence to be included under a standalone goal on gender equality and women’s rights.

Feb 18 2015 - 11:58am

The BIG Lottery Fund has approved £495,462 of funding to VSO for a three year project  - ‘Improving Health of HIV positive prisoners in Zimbabwe’.

Jan 29 2015 - 1:59pm

Last night VSO was the winner of an esteemed Employee Engagement Award at the Chiswell Street Brewery in London. The Employee Engagement Awards celebrate forward-thinking organisations striving to do things differently.

VSO operates in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia, with more than 800 staff, a quarter of whom are based in Kingston on Thames just outside London. The charity won the Employee Engagement Award for Project of the Year in the Not for profit/Charity category* - for the use of technology to boost employee engagement. 

Jan 15 2015 - 12:00am

Action/2015 is a global campaign asking world leaders to tackle poverty, inequality, and climate change. It’s a movement of over a thousand organisations, including VSO, in more than 120 countries. Action/2015 is one of the biggest campaigns ever to launch. It has the support of some big names, including Malala Yousafzai, Queen Rania of Jordan, Bono, Ben Affleck, Bill and Melinda Gates and Mo Ibrahim.

Dec 5 2014 - 2:42pm

Welcoming the news that Michael Moore’s Private Members’ bill to enshrine the cross-party commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on international development into law has passed to its next stage, Emma Harrison, Head of Communication and Engagement said: 

“We’re delighted that this bill has passed on to the next stage. We recognize that budgets are tight here in the UK, but this country’s international development work is something we should all be proud of.”

Nov 21 2014 - 5:10pm

Today (21 November 2014) the Government issued its response to ‘Strengthening Health Systems in Developing Countries: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2014-15’

Emma Harrison, Head of Global Engagement at VSO, said:

Nov 14 2014 - 4:27pm

On Thursday 13th November, Birmingham politicians and local young people – recently returned from some of the poorest countries in the world – swapped places to explore what could happen if more young people were involved in decision-making across the world.