The Role of Volunteering in Sustainable Development

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Valuing Volunteering research was conducted over a two-year period (2012–2014) in four countries: Kenya, Mozambique, Nepal and The Philippines.

Led by four VSO volunteer researchers and drawing on participatory action research methodologies, the research engaged more than 3,700 people, including local volunteer groups, community leaders, young people, teachers, health practitioners, community leaders, government officials and staff and volunteers from local, national and international NGOs.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

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This joint report by the VSO and IDS summarises findings from the global action research project, ‘Valuing Volunteering’ which explores how and why volunteering contributes to poverty reduction and sustainable positive change, and the factors which prevent it from doing so. It looks at both the intended and unintended impacts of volunteering interventions.

Whilst a wealth of research has explored how volunteering affects volunteers themselves; there has been very little research exploring how volunteering actually brings about change for communities on the ground. Valuing Volunteering seeks to address this gap.