It’s always interesting to see how people react when two large aid agencies agree to pool resources. Recently there’s been some concerns raised on twitter about the fact that ActionAid and one of the leading Danish agencies, MS Denmark are working towards a formal merger.
As I said, it’s interesting, but the concerns are not really valid. And I suspect there’ll be a lot of applause from most people in the aid and development world.
I’ve been liaising with media colleagues in MS for nearly two years now and from my perspective as a backroom staffer I can see what a good fit the two agencies are.
So will ActionAid. Not only in terms of our size, but also because of our strength in community development that links field work to campaigning and rights to responsibilities. Not to mention our work on education, HIV and Aids and freedom from hunger for that matter!
ActionAid and MS offices in all the countries where we have a joint presence are merging into one national entity. The key point is that it will enable us to deepen our national and local accountability, as we’ve already seen happening in Uganda and Kenya.
And of course, another good thing is that we can make savings on administrative costs in countries where there are dual programmes. Consequently we can put more towards the people we’re there to serve – the poorest and the most vulnerable.
Together, we will be stronger, and we will deliver even better and more cost effective assistance.
Ultimately, staff at MS and ActionAid understand and accept that we are in the business of putting ourselves out of work. After all, shouldn’t we all be working towards the eradication of poverty?