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Nepal Earthquake: First Anniversary (25 Apr 2016)

Gareth Thomas: ...that many from Britain made to the search and rescue effort once reports of the earthquake had become clear, and to pay tribute to the work of NGOs such as the excellent Oxfam, Save the Children, VSO and Christian Aid, which have responded. CAFOD is another strong example of an international NGO operating in Nepal.

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Disability (16 Mar 2016)

Desmond Swayne: ...are engaged with the National Council of Disabled Persons and the National Union of Disabled Organisations of Rwanda (NUDOR), which represents a large number of DPOs. Through our partnerships with VSO, Disability Rights Fund (DRF), Manusher Jonno Foundation, and ADD International we are funding more than 100 DPOs in more than 20 countries to push for human rights and to improve lives for...

Legal Aid — Motion to Take Note (10 Dec 2015)

Lord Judd: ...are foolish if we ever forget that. I became very convinced—even more convinced than I was already—about the importance of justice for the future of humanity during my time as director first of VSO and then of Oxfam. It is not a struggle just within Britain; it is an international issue of which we are a part. Repeatedly in that work, I saw that the real issue was justice. If you were...

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Developing Countries: Health Services (22 Jul 2015)

Grant Shapps: ...the skills of UK health professionals to train, mentor and coach their developing country counterparts in their home countries. DFID also provides support to the non-governmental organisations VSO and UK-Med which facilitate skilled health professionals volunteering overseas.

Sierra Leone — Question for Short Debate (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Hayman: ...risks for healthcare workers in treating women giving birth. There has been a terrible toll of stillbirths. The Maternal and Newborn Health Unit of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and VSO are even now working to bring forward a programme to build again maternity services that in the past were so inadequate that the maternal mortality ratio in Sierra Leone was the worst in the world....

UN: Sustainable Development Goals — Question for Short Debate (16 Jun 2015)

Baroness Barker: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Lord, Lord McConnell—my fellow VSO volunteer—for introducing this debate. I have come recently to international development and, frankly, it is a vast, complex picture to try to understand. I want to echo in part the words of the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of St Albans, but also the message from the noble Viscount, Lord Ridley, which I took very...

Developing World: Women — Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2015)

Baroness Barker: ...tremendously proud, as I hope his family are. I am delighted to take part in today’s debate to tell noble Lords about last month when I visited a shop. I had the great good fortune to be asked by VSO to be a volunteer, and as part of my volunteering placement I visited a project in Lesotho, which is run jointly by an ex-mineworkers association and VSO and is called Phoning Out Poverty...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Working Conditions (18 Mar 2015)

Martin Horwood: ...conditions, but an unintended consequence of the new universal credit rules may be inhibiting young claimants from volunteering for ICS. I know that the Secretary of State has been supportive of VSO, but will DFID Ministers raise this matter with the Department for Work and Pensions to prevent this unintended consequence on an excellent Government programme?

Soft Power and the UK’s Influence (Select Committee Report) — Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2015)

Viscount Eccles: ...control. The NGOs and charities that work with them are fantastic. Mercy Ships and my noble friend Lord McColl; a charity called Send a Cow, built up by a colleague of mine from the past; and VSO, as has been mentioned, are all wonderful. I believe that DfID could and should be doing more; certainly in the area of health, there seem to be no limits. However, the middle ground—the ground...

Women: Economic Empowerment — Motion to Take Note (5 Mar 2015)

Baroness Garden of Frognal: ...Lords mentioned social norms and culture, including the noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong, and my noble friend Lady Hussein-Ece. The noble Baroness, Lady Armstrong, relayed just how transformative her VSO experience had been in Kenya, finding a completely different culture and way of life. One of my daughters went off to Lesotho for a year after she graduated and found it an absolutely...

Ebola — Question for Short Debate (8 Jan 2015)

Lord Fowler: ...a two-part thing. It is neither desirable nor possible to have a blanket ban on the immigration and emigration of medical staff. Ideally, it should be a two-way process, as an excellent report by VSO makes clear. But what is clear at the moment is that Africa appears to be a very heavy loser from this process and that we in the West would do well to mount an inquiry to see what can be done...

Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 Dec 2014)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...rates we could add more than 10% to the size of the British economy by 2030. In developed countries, gender wage gaps also persist. Only one in five parliamentarians worldwide is a woman; and VSO tells me that on current rates of progress women will not be equally represented until 2065 and will not make up half the world’s leaders until 2134. Domestic violence everywhere is often all...

Disability and Development (11 Dec 2014)

Kate Green: ...weeks ago, because I have just had the great privilege of visiting Rwanda as a parliamentary intern, under the auspices of Voluntary Service Overseas. I acknowledge the tremendous experience that VSO gave me—I am sure other hon. Members in this Chamber have had similar opportunities—and I place on record my interest, which is recorded in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests....

Written Answers — Department for International Development: Voluntary Service Overseas (4 Dec 2014)

Justine Greening: DFID is supporting VSO to establish a self-sustaining Corporate Volunteering Hub (CVH). The CVH will act as market-making organisation and will match the growing demand in development programmes for business skills with the growing supply of experienced business professionals willing and able to volunteer. VSO’s experience in international development and volunteering will ensure the Hub...

Scottish Parliament: Department for International Development (20 Aug 2014)

Margaret Mitchell: ...from throughout the UK to volunteer overseas and gives them the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience, regardless of their income, qualifications or work history. The ICS is led by VSO but funded through DFID, which recognises the positive impact that volunteering overseas can have not only on the communities in which the organisers are involved but on those who volunteer. The...

Written Answers — International Development: Voluntary Work: Young People (22 Jul 2014)

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much her Department has spent on the VSO ICS programme in each year since 2010.

Gender Equality in Overseas Parliaments (25 Jun 2014)

Catherine McKinnell: ...to remind us of the position in which women around the world continue to find themselves in relation to influence and power. An excellent paper published by the international development charity VSO—Voluntary Service Overseas—highlights that women are estimated to account for almost two thirds of the people globally who live in extreme poverty. Women perform two thirds of the world’s...

Development: Post-2015 Agenda — Question for Short Debate (2 Apr 2014)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale: ...sure that we will enjoy the encouragement of noble Lords in that endeavour, even if we are not particularly looking forward to it. I recently spent some time in the Philippines as a volunteer with VSO Bahaginan, which is the partner organisation of VSO in the Philippines. The organisation asked me to go there during the February Recess to work with the Beyond 2015 campaign there on some...

Women: Contribution to Economic Life — Motion to Take Note (6 Mar 2014)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: ...s participation and influence matters. Women, especially those from poor backgrounds in the developed and developing worlds, are marginalised within decision-making processes and institutions. As VSO points out in its excellent document Women in Power: Beyond Access to Influence in a Post-2015 World , there is clear evidence that where women participate and influence decision-making, it is...

Tuberculosis — [Jim Dobbin in the Chair] (27 Nov 2013)

Nicholas Dakin: ...their own health when TB patients were admitted to wards. TB needs to be tackled in a sustainable way that reassures people and builds community resilience. Dr Blankley was able to use a team of VSO volunteers to provide education and reassurance, and to get TB patients in and around Kampala to complete their eight-month course of treatment. The team’s work drastically increased...


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