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UNV Regional Websites

UNV works in 150 countries and territories, deploying UN Volunteers to advance sustainable development at grassroots level. Explore our work in the different regions of the world.

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East and Southern Africa
East and Southern Africa
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West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
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Arab States
Arab States
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Europe and the CIS
Europe and the CIS
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Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Asia and the Pacific
Asia and the Pacific

South-South in Action – South-South Volunteering as a Driving Force for Development

Using a case study analysis approach, the report examines volunteer programmes that have strong South-South components in Cambodia, China and Thailand. Normative discussions of volunteerism and South-South cooperation note that they share common principles of "mutuality, reciprocity, respect and equality" and that they have the potential to promote participatory and needs-based approaches to development, while cultivating global citizens and strengthening people-to-people ties. The hypothesis is that South-South cooperation and volunteerism are mutually reinforcing and highly compatible concepts. The report was published as part of the South-South in Action Series of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC),  in partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).