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Mar 27 2014 - 2:42pm

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.

Mar 4 2014 - 3:41pm

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”.

Jan 23 2014 - 11:37am

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.

Sep 25 2013 - 3:11pm

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:

Sep 10 2013 - 10:02am

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 [1]. 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.

Aug 23 2013 - 2:58pm

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.

May 30 2013 - 8:15pm

Responding today (30 May) to the publication of the report of the High Level Panel advising the UN on the post-2015 development framework, co-chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, VSO Chief Executive Marg Mayne said:

May 8 2013 - 9:58am

Responding today (8 May) to the Queen's Speech, which did not include legislation enshrining in law the UK's commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income on international development assistance, VSO UK Director Angela Salt said:

“We’re disappointed that the Coalition Government has not enshrined in law Britain’s welcome continued support for poor and marginalised communities around the world.

May 3 2013 - 10:22am

A UK midwife who volunteered with international development organisation VSO in Cambodia is calling for more in her profession to use their skills overseas on International Day of the Midwife (Sunday 5 April).

Angela Oxley, 56, from Kendal, Cumbria, volunteered for two years with VSO, helping staff in rural Health Centres in northern Cambodia improve infant and maternal health. She trained midwives, who she described as “inspirational” for their dedication to patient care, running courses and ‘skill drills’ in dealing with childbirth emergencies.

Apr 4 2013 - 10:39am

With 1,000 days to go today (6 April) until the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015, VSO is calling for UK midwives to volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa, as the region faces the very real prospect of failing to meet its target to reduce the number of women and babies who die in childbirth. (1)

Globally, each year approximately 350,000 expectant mothers die in childbirth or during pregnancy and of these women, 99 percent die in developing countries (2). Many of these deaths could be prevented by improving the training and skills of health workers.