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  • IKWRO under further attack

    by Rumbold
    30th November, 2009 at 11:10 am    

    After losing monies for a specialist outreach worker, The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) has had its funding cut yet again after the government decided to focus on large charities instead:

    The Ministry of the Third Sector abruptly diverted funding of £750,000 from 35 small charities under the ‘Campaigning Research Programme’, including IKWRO, despite the existence of a Compact. The monies will be reallocated to 15 larger charities through the Hardship fund while the smaller charities may suffer yet more losses in the difficult climate of recession.

    In a corporatist state, the government, large corporations and large charities work closely together. Employees are able to move between the three with ease (especially politicians/top civil servants who are looking for a job). Large charities, like corporations, are preferred by the corporatist state not only because of greater job opportunities but because, like small businesses, smaller charities are harder to control. They are away from the centre of power.

    That is not to say that large charities don’t do anything worthwhile (they do), or that there isn’t a need for large charities (there is). But IKWRO and others are suffering in part because of their size and remoteness from power.

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    1. pickles

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    1. Leon — on 30th November, 2009 at 2:43 am  

      Large charities, like corporations, are preferred by the corporatist state not only because of greater job opportunities but because, like small businesses, smaller charities are harder to control.

      I think that's part of it but without wanting to play 'defend the state' some of it is down to capacity. Bigger charities have more capacity to carry out certain charitable aims. They also have the resources to attend all the usual meetings which build your network/contacts and ensure you're woven into the fabric of this field…

      That said they also tend to be more prone to the tick box culture when addressing social problems.

    2. MiriamBinder — on 30th November, 2009 at 3:51 am  

      Though I agree with both Rumbold and Leon I think that the far more important factor as far a the smaller charities is concerned is the fact that they tend to be far more flexible and responsive to a need rather then preconception of need. Further, with smaller charities a lot more of the monies actually go towards the aims/remit of the charity rather then towards staffing and admin costs; which ultimately fill the Inland Revenue coffers through the various taxes and national insurance contributions. Just look at the RSPCA, the NSPCC, OxFam and others of that ilk.

    3. Cauldron — on 30th November, 2009 at 4:24 am  

      WTF is the “Ministry of the Third Sector”? Sounds like that agency Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones worked for.

    4. MiriamBinder — on 30th November, 2009 at 4:57 am  

      Angela Smiths' ministry … see more here:

    5. Galloise Blonde — on 30th November, 2009 at 12:33 pm  

      Ironically, one of the purposes of the Campaigning Research Fund was to help smaller charities to get their voices heard. The Ministry's decision to shelve this funding, taken after it had already been awarded, is just odd. They set up a quango to decide which charities would b recipients, and for months they, and we, have been preparing bids and working hard, and in some cases being rejected for other funding streams because of the promise of CRF cash. The reversal is goes against the Government's own Compact for working with charity. There's a fair bit of opposition to this move from the voluntary sector, including a petition at…

    6. A.C. — on 30th November, 2009 at 2:23 pm  

      Galloise Blonde, do you even know who DID get the FMU funding? Ikwro is the 3rd group I know of who didn't get the money, and I'd be very keen to know who got it and for what…

    7. MiriamBinder — on 30th November, 2009 at 3:01 pm  

      Now that list would make interesting reading and may very well reveal the agenda, if there is any apart from preferring the larger more controllable charities, behind the decisions.

    8. Rumbold — on 1st December, 2009 at 2:11 am  


      Thank you- you have expanded on what I was saying. Large charities make the contacts and it is all nice and cosy (compared to what small charities go through).

    9. kismethardy — on 1st December, 2009 at 5:32 am  

      If you walk into the head office of NSPCA or Refuge, it's all plush desks, feng shui plants and fancy paintings. I resent my well-meaning pennies to help women and children go towards funding some jobsworth's john lewis table lamp

    10. Joanne Payton — on 1st December, 2009 at 5:59 am  

      @kismet: In the interest of getting well-meaning pennies through appeals to pathos, let it be known I am typing in fingerless gloves, on a chair that is 30% duck tape.

      MT, I have no idea who got the FMU money, but even if the projects chosen were genuinely the most valuable and effective, it's still the case that £84,000 is not enough to meet the need, not by a long chalk. (I do wonder how the sum of £84,000 compares to the salary of the civil servant who made the decision.)

      Je suis la Galloise Blonde. Don't know why Disqus has reverted to my RL name???

    11. douglas clark — on 1st December, 2009 at 10:17 am  


      Could someone, e.g. you, put up a post asking for comments on this new Disqus thing? So far it does not seem to be very stable.

    12. douglas clark — on 1st December, 2009 at 10:25 am  


      Sorry, I've now lost the plot on which is your preferred name.

      This has got to be a heck of a blow for a small charity. There is a wide range of opinion, well Rumbold and me - and you can't get much wider than that - that think your charity has been very badly treated.

      If you could suggest what could be done about it, in terms of protest or the like?

      Or could others that have something to contribute please do so?

    13. Joanne Payton — on 1st December, 2009 at 10:43 am  

      Call me what you like, but please sign, or get people to sign up to the petition at there's a chance that the government's decision can be challenged if there's enough support.

    14. douglas clark — on 1st December, 2009 at 10:54 am  


      Just a suggestion.

      Perhaps some of the blogs that agree with what you are doing could have donation buttons?

      I'd stick it on mine, and perhaps Sunny could stick it on his. ( No, there is no equivalence…

      Admit I have no idea how a donation button works and it would have to go directly to you without me being involved whatsoever.)

      I'd still like to know the extent you were led up the garden path, and what other money you were refused based on a promise that wasn't fulfilled? For that seems outrageous.

      Was any of it on hold from Wales or Scotland for instance?

    15. douglas clark — on 1st December, 2009 at 11:12 am  


      I tried to do that, obviously, but it says it is not an active campaign. That is what I am seeing, I hope no-one else is.

    16. MiriamBinder — on 2nd December, 2009 at 6:51 am  

      I've tried it too with the same result; Not an active campaign.

    17. douglas clark — on 2nd December, 2009 at 11:52 am  


      Just to let you know it seems to be working now.

    18. MiriamBinder — on 2nd December, 2009 at 1:10 pm  

      Thanks … I'll sign it!

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