VSO launches new volunteer-led study to measure poverty reduction and impact

VSO launches new volunteer-led study to measure poverty reduction and impact

A new online study into the long-term impact of volunteers helping to reduce global poverty has been launched by VSO.

The international development charity is calling upon returned volunteers to share their experiences to find out how VSO volunteering may have had a long term impact on poverty and social injustice both in volunteer’s placement and in their home community.

VSO wants to hear from as many of its former volunteers around the world as possible – both long and short-term; and national, local and youth volunteers - and is especially keen to include those it is no longer in touch with.

The results – due to be published in May 2016 – will help reveal to what extent volunteering reduces poverty and strengthen future programmes.

To take part in the Long-term Impact of Volunteering study, please register online

Once registered, all participants will be able to take part in the study. Its first stage is an online discussion platform, going live from August 3 2015 for two weeks. You can contribute remotely so there is no cost or travel time required.

Please share the link to the survey to any VSO volunteers you are in touch with.

Editor's notes

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.