Addressing Root Causes of Extreme Poverty
Volunteers for Sustainable Development in Africa (VOSIEDA) is a network of volunteers working to protect the planet and promote sustainable development to end extreme poverty, its root causes, and consequences, in West Africa’s Mano River Basin.
Our work is focused on long-term development programs, stakeholders’ engagement, and policy advocacy. Within these categories, we address a wide range of issues with the goals of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development to end extreme poverty in West Africa.
VOSIEDA’s headquarters is in Monrovia, Liberia. However, we maintain volunteers and work with partners in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Transforming The future together
We are an incubator of grassroots innovators and a leader in community-driven development. For more than 18 years, we have worked to empower communities in Liberia and other parts of West Africa in becoming healthier, economically prosperous, socially inclusive, and productive.
We work like this because we believed overcoming poverty and injustice from our communities cannot be left to acts of kindness. We must now use other armaments such as empowerment, technology, social and environmental justice, human rights, good governance, etc. We use innovation and creativity to make this happen, and we are not afraid to explore new methods to achieve better results.
Latest Development News
VOSIEDA’s online pressroom gives you the latest press releases and other media resources including photos and videos from the field; fact sheets and research about our programs around Liberia and West Africa’s Mano River Basin. Relax and explore our media resources.
Explore VOSIEDA’s work and impact for 2019
At the heart of VOSIEDA is the promise of a better tomorrow for everyone in West Africa
2019 | Our Results
The causes and effects of extreme poverty in West Africa are complicated and interlocking, so the best way to bring about real change is to implement multifaceted, broad-based local solutions to address the root causes and ramifications of poverty. These include long-term development programs, engagement of people and communities affected and policy advocacy to bring about structural change. Accordingly, VOSIEDA focus on coordinated action under six integrated programs outline below:
“We share the view of Albert Einstein, a theoretical physicist, who said ‘the world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.’
We focus on this region for several reasons. The countries in this sub-region including Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Ivory Coast typically fall toward the bottom of any list measuring small size economic activity, such as income per capita or GDP per capita, despite a wealth of natural resources.
Consequently, massive poverty and obscene inequality have now become terrible sources of generational poverty as well as crimes and all sort of evils.
We encourage you to join our mission to fight extreme poverty, save the planet and empower women and youths in the Mano River Basin, to walk out of extreme poverty and achieve prosperity.”
Cllr. Samuel Kpa-Sarto
Board of Directors
We need your help and voice. Join Us! Together, we can defeat extreme poverty.
Partner with VOSIEDA
We value partnerships with individuals, businesses or other organizations because partnership deepens impact and promote empowerment.
Volunteer at VOSIEDA
For nearly 20 years, VOSIEDA has been working to end poverty and environmental degradation. We envision communities where the local environment is protected, and people are empowered.
Donate to save lives and defeat poverty
VOSIEDA directly support communities and supplies smallholder farmers with financing and training to grow their way out of hunger and poverty.
Fundraise for a just cause
VOSIEDA empowers the ultra-poor in West Africa Mano River Basin to lift themselves out of poverty through small sustainable businesses and farm support services.
Pursue career that save lives
If you want to make a direct impact in people’s lives while enjoying the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making the world a better place, you may want to consider volunteering or pursuing a career at VOSIEDA.
We’d love to hear from you!
We pride ourselves on our relationships with partners and are always there to listen. If you have a comment or question or wish to discuss a new initiative, please feel free to get in touch with us.
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Join Our Mission
Volunteers are the heart of VOSIEDA. They provide professional and critical skills, time, energy, personal commitment and resources to fight extreme poverty, improve the environment, empower women and youth and move communities beyond aid in West Africa.
Most volunteers work one day a week on a year-round basis, and in most cases in their own countries and communities. Contact us today to learn how you can join our mission.