Volunteer Lisa Barrins at Tapac Health Centre
VSO/Peter Caton

Institutional partners

VSO is the global leader in sustainable Volunteering for Development. We support individuals and communities to lead their own change. 

Working with VSO

VSO partners with institutional donors for key funding to implement our global programmes.

Over the last 60 years, VSO has worked in over 60 countries with more than 80,000 volunteers and supported over 50,000,000 people.

We're looking to significantly scale our impact through new partnerships over the next decade. Join us. Together we can do development differently. 

Why partner with VSO?

Pakistan Drought Relief. With Islamic Relief. UK Aid funded

VSO is the global leader in sustainable Volunteering for Development.

  • We work directly with our 'Primary Actors'. Supporting individuals and communities to lead their own change. 
  • Inclusion and gender, resilience and accountability drive everything we do
  • Our programmes leverage an integrated volunteering approach, incorporating volunteers from the communities we work with and youth volunteers alongside local and international experts.
  • We deliver sustainability through strengthening local NGO, private sector and youth organisation partners 
  • VSO has experience in over 60 countries.
  • Our network spans over 20 countries, including more than 500 local organisations, businesses and governments.

Example partnerships

Below are a selection of our current programmes supported by institutional partners:

A student on the Unlocking Talent programme smiles as she works on her tablet in Mdzobwe Primary School


Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau [KFW] and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation [NORAD] fund the award-winning Unlocking Talent programme which is providing 225,000 learners in Malawi with access to digital educational resources. Boosting learning gains by 47%. 

Unlocking Talent programme

A young male tailor works at a sewing machine
VSO/Jack Howson

Global Affairs Canada [GAC]

Global Affairs Canada [GAC] supports our Tanzania Enterprise Development programme which will create 2,500 new jobs and increase the income of 1,300 micro and small enterprises throughout the country. 

Tanzania Local Enterprise Development (T-LED) programme

Two people, one in a VSO t-shirt, survey a camp for internally displaced people
VSO/Suraj Shakya


Our Volunteering for Development programme, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is driving volunteer impact to deliver improved health, education and livelihoods outcomes for two million people.

Volunteering for Development programme

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,