Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (VOSESA) was a non-profit research organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 2003 in response to the clear need for well-researched and up-to-date information on volunteering and civic service in southern Africa, VOSESA ran for 10 years before closing its doors at the end of 2013 owing to insufficient funds being available to continue its work. In that time VOSESA conducted 16 studies on a wide range of topics, convened four learning activities and promoted evidence-based advocacy through publications and workshops undertaken within its regional and international networks.
To be a point of reference for knowledge about civic service and volunteering for development in the SADC region.
To support the growth of knowledge about civic service and volunteering in the SADC region through research, publishing and evidence-based advocacy.
VOSESA aims to:
- • Document and evaluate practice, programmes and policies in the field of civic service and volunteering
- • Contribute to the emerging knowledge base about civic service and volunteering worldwide
- • Stimulate and support research on civic service and volunteering
- • Influence voluntary service policy and practice, drawing on its research.
VOSESA's Five-Country Cross-National Study on Civic Service and Volunteering in SADC.
Service Enquiry, an online publication available free-of-charge that documents and analyses the experience of civic service and volunteerism in different parts of the world.
VOSESA's analysis of the volunteering response to the 2008 Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa and its potential for social change.