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Too Many Charities?

A follow-on to several of the posts on this blog, todays Irish Times has an article by Sarah Carey on charities and in particular ‘value for money’. In the article the journalist talks about the Niall Mellon Township Trust (would it be better to train local builders, invest in local firms, create employment) as it seems the NMTT is now building a large portion of local social housing through the Peoples Housing Process (this via another article in the Sunday Times by Mark Tighe) which is subsidised by the South African government.

She goes on to comment on other charities, in terms of having several basically in the same area and whether this is a good use of funding or not (this has been discussed here a number of times in terms of collaboration, mergers). There is no doubt that in these recessionary times there will be an increasing spotlight on the social sector in terms of ‘value for money’, again the SROI model will be pertinent in this regard. In a fragmented sector, the question posed is: do we simply have too many organisations trying to do the same thing?

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