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Northumbria/VSO research collaboration on blended volunteering

Staff at the Centre for International Development at Northumbria have developed a number of research collaborations with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight global poverty.

The current collaboration focuses on understanding blended volunteering. Collaborative research is exploring how different types of volunteering come together, how different combinations of volunteers may work in different sorts of ways, and what kinds of impacts and outputs this produces, and for whom.

To understand the roles and potential of blended volunteering for VSO’s progamming, three case study countries have been selected:

  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Nepal

To find out more about the project, you can read our Final Report here.

Research in each country is being led by local partners, whose expertise is critical to developing an understanding of the different contexts in which blended volunteering takes place. 

Dr Egidius Kamanyi, Tanzania

Egidius is leading our field research in Tanzania. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. A Sociologist, his areas of teaching and research expertise include: Social Theory, Research Methods, Medical Sociology and Anthropology, Disaster management, Community development, Gender, and Natural resource management.

Dr Moses Okech, Uganda

Moses leads the project in Uganda. Moses is an international development professional with significant experience in research, lecturing and livelihoods programming, including expert knowledge of volunteering. Moses holds a PhD in Political Economy of Development from Leeds Beckett University and has worked as a consultant for numerous international organisations such as the World Bank and the Overseas Development Institute.

Jeevan Baniya, Nepal

Jeevan is Assistant Director at Social Sciences Baha (SSB), an independent, non-profit organisation that is helping us complete our research in Nepal. Established in 2002, the objective of SSB is to promote and enhance research into social sciences in Nepal. Jeevan and his talented team have a strong record in community and development research and extensive experience of collaborating with academic institutions and development actors.

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