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Partnering with VSO

Over the last 60 years, we have worked in over 90 countries with more than 80,000 volunteers, supporting over 50,000,000 people. Our ambition is to reach that same number in the next ten years.

For over 60 years, we have fought poverty by bringing together people and organisations from a whole range of backgrounds to deliver long-term and sustainable change. Partnerships are central to creating this. For us at VSO, parnerships help us become more innovative in delivering our mission.

Together with partners, we work on programme development and delivery, research, fundraising, and influencing decision makers. We work with: 

  • 500+ local organisations in 23 countries
  • government at all levels
  • funders, academic institutions, and advocacy platforms
  • corporate partners

Our experience shows us that by working together we can change things for the better. If you want to find out more about VSO and our work, please do get in touch.

Partnering with VSO

Our partners value our extensive networks and expertise in working through volunteers to achieve sustainable development outcomes.

Partnerships lie at the root of all the positive transformation that we create. Together, we work on programme development, delivery, research, advocacy and fundraising.

We partner with community groups, multilateral institutions, private philanthropists, trusts and foundations, governments, private sector businesses, other NGOs and professional associations who share our vision of a world without poverty.

Our network spans over 25 countries, including more than 500 local, regional, national and international organisations, businesses and governments. We also work with respected funders, academic institutions and advocacy platforms to create change.

From previous VSO partnerships and projects:

Irish Aid

Read about supporting girls' right to education in Northern Uganda supported by IrishAid 

Irish Aid values very much its partnership with VSO on the Pilot Programme on Volunteering. The VSO volunteers are working strenuously in Karamoja, the most disadvantaged subregion in Uganda, to improve education access and quality. In a hard-to-reach location, the VSO programme is achieving strong outcomes towards more sustainable development.

Frank Kirwan, IrishAid

Tanzania Ministry of Education and Vocational Training

Read about partnerships with government and private sector boosting graduate employment in Tanzania

A strength of VSO is the flexibility in terms of planning, developing a project from the beginning, including everyone, consulting together… this means that there is flexibility in implementation and decisions… there is real partnership with VSO and this leads to better outcomes.

Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training


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