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Philip Goodwin

Chief Executive, International Development, Author, Composer

I'm the CEO of VSO - the world's leading development NGO that fights poverty through volunteers.

J.K. Rowling Is Right - Children Deserve Better Than Orphanage "Voluntourism"

A growing demand for voluntary placements in children's homes and orphanages has also led to more children ending up in orphanages and other institutional care homes despite having families at home that are likely to be able to care for them. It is estimated that of the two million plus children who live institutional care, a shocking four out of five have at least one living parent.
24/08/2016 08:50 BST

Will We Give Half the World a Voice?

Unless we want to find ourselves in 2030 having failed to fulfil our commitments, writing another set of Global Goals, mourning the loss of a great opportunity for change, we must take the role of youth seriously. Young people have a passion for change that gives them the drive to shape the world they live in. In the mission to end poverty and deliver on the Global Goals, what better allies to have?
25/05/2016 09:30 BST

Ending Extreme Poverty Will Require New Ways of Working

In terms of its ambition and scope, nothing quite like the Global Goals has ever been attempted. If successful, the impact on all our lives would be profound. It would be one of our defining accomplishments, but if we don't take these principles of cooperation on board, we may well be placing humanity's greatest endeavour out of our reach even before the ink has set on its agreement.
19/04/2016 11:56 BST

Women's Empowerment Is Key to Challenging Inequality

Inequality disempowers us all. How can we eradiate global poverty without everyone having the opportunity to take charge of their own destiny? Not least, I want my daughter to grow up in a world that's entirely different to the one her grandmother struggled in.
29/02/2016 11:31 GMT

Can Volunteering Tip the Balance in Favour of Better Global Compassion?

In a world of increased polarisation between cultures, anything that lowers barriers is important. I joined VSO as chief executive in March of this year and in that time I have seen enough to convince me that there has never been a more important time to encourage people to volunteer internationally.
01/12/2015 12:16 GMT

What 57 Seconds of Shaking Left Behind - A Visit to Nepal

Standing in Chautara village, I got a 360 degree view of rubble-lined streets, buildings that had been yanked from their foundations and homes teetering off the hilltops. This is the true scale of devastation left by the Nepal earthquake.
10/07/2015 12:08 BST

Too Narrow a Focus on Finance, Not Enough on People

I'm in New York this week to engage in the Post 2015 development process first hand. I know I'm not alone when I say that the process to agree a new agenda for the fight on global poverty is confusing and impenetrable. This week's focus is on financing and implementation. It's the "who's-going-to-pay?" and "how's-it-going-to-happen?" parts of the puzzle.
21/04/2015 11:24 BST

Why We All Need to Own the 'V' Word

This says to me that we need to take volunteering out of the margins and into the mainstream. We in the sector have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to redefine volunteering for the next few decades at least.
31/03/2015 18:06 BST