#Stepforward: Panellists debate role concept of ‘human capital’ in development

| November 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

VSO-RwandaResearch conducted by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) concludes that ‘human-capital’ is a central ingredient to determining whether development interventions are effective and sustainable. A panel of development experts and volunteers meeting in Brussels on 2 December will dissect this concept and ask how people-centred approaches can be better integrated in the future vision of development.

“It is clear to me that people around the world want greater influence on the decisions that affect their lives. The poorest countries and communities don’t want to be told what is best for them. They want to be active partners in their own development. Building up this so-called ‘human capital’ is about enabling people and their communities to do just that by bringing people together to work in ways that strengthen their ability to improve the quality of their own lives.  ” said Jim Emerson, CEO of VSO.

The panel comprises Jim Emerson, VSO Chief Executive, Patta Scott-Villiers, Research Fellow at IDS, Pauline Kibe, an international volunteer from Kenya who worked with a local HIV/AIDS-focused partner organisation in Malawi, a representative of the European Institutions (tbc) and Marilou Celles Pantaleon, president of the Philippines Public Sector Teachers Organization (TOPPS )/ Education International.  The moderator is Shirin Wheeler, former BBC news journalist and member of the European Commission Spokesperson Service.

The discussion will be followed by a photo exhibition showcasing the inspiring work of EU Aid volunteers in India and the Philippines, by celebrated photographer Peter Caton.

This debate coincides with a week of global activities marking International Volunteers Day. VSO is calling on people the world over to #StepForward in whatever way they can to help end poverty and inequality.

Step Forward for International Volunteer day, December 5th 2014

VSO is celebrating the national, international, youth and professional volunteers who are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. VSO is and inviting people everywhere to engage in events and on social media, to take their own step forward as volunteers or supporters in 2015. Click here.

About the IDS/VSO research: Valuing Volunteering Series

Valuing Volunteering is a global action research project conducted by VSO and the Institute of Development Studies into how, where and when does volunteering affect poverty? It is one of the most substantial pieces of action research to have ever been undertaken, collectively spanning an eight year period across four countries, and is one of the most in depth studies into volunteering for development to date. Click here.

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. Click here.

Tuesday  December 2014
15-18h30
Residence Palace – Polak Room, 155, Rue de la Loi – 1040 Brussels
Register here

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