Travelling by canoe to teach the 'World's Largest Lesson'

Carol Abiri Leo from Papua New Guinea is a language lecturer at Divine Word University in Madang. In association with VSO, she  - like hundreds of other teachers around the globe - will be helping to communicate the new Global Goals to seven billion people over seven days. Here she explains how....

“It’s not about the photo-op, it’s about the follow-up”

Last Friday, the Sustainable Development Goals were finally agreed by world leaders at the United Nations HQ. This was the culmination of long talks that VSO has been a key player in. Our Chief Executive Philip Goodwin was there at this historic moment and explains how we hope to be leading the change that will make these global goals a reality.

Eight days down, two to go – is the end of the SDG road nigh?

Negotiations are in the final stages at the UN in New York, to agree the wording of an agenda that will steer development for the next fifteen years.  Eight days down, two to go. These negotiations on the final make up of the Sustainable Development Goals framework in New York are nearly over so it’s a good time to step back and reflect on progress and flag up some obstacles that might still remain.

Crunch time in Addis

2015 is a pivotal year in the fight to end global poverty. In September, our elected leaders will agree on a new set of goals that will guide the development agenda for the next 15 years. These goals – currently known as the Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs are ambitious; aiming to end extreme poverty, achieve universal health coverage, gender equity, and quality education for all by 2030, among other big ideas. 

"Branded a prostitute for getting into politics": Empowering women to win more influence

Stephanie Green, a VSO volunteer in northern Ghana, has been talking to women’s groups and local women leaders. She finds that the main barriers to decision-making are not only women’s lack of education and representation, but also cultural attitudes and getting appropriate funding.

Playing my part in a fairer future for disadvantaged Asia Pacific women

VSO Volunteer Catherine Bedford usually works at Modilon General Hospital in Papua New Guinea, offering care and psycho social support to women who have experienced routine physical and sexual violence. Temporarily switching her post for a place at the Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development in Bangkok, Catherine reports on how civil society organisations are demanding that the needs of people living in poverty are met by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

My UN experience: Talking about more than just money and machines

Elisabeth Kisakye is a 32 year old VSO volunteer and human rights activist from Uganda working in the Instituto de Comunicação Social in Moçambique. Here she describes her recent experience speaking at the UN Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

VSO Parliamentary Volunteer in Rwanda to work on issues of disability

British Member of Parliament (MP) Kate Green recently returned from a volunteering work placement with VSO Rwanda.  Since 2005, the Parliamentary Volunteering programme has been placing Parliamentarians to work with our country offices and partners on high-level advocacy and capacity building.