We held a first meeting on as a round-table discussion for UK-based benevolent organisations with beneficiaries overseas. The purpose of the discussion was to share the findings from recent research into overseas work and to begin understanding how we might collaborate to overcome common challenges.
Fifteen benevolent organisations submitted surveys suggesting there is significant appetite for collaboration. We all want to provide the best possible services for our overseas beneficiaries, but individually, for a host of different reasons, cannot always do this as well as we would like.
Crucially, however, the data suggest there are areas of both commonality in approach and complementary strengths. It will of course be challenging to align across many countries the work of organisations with different strategies, operational models and budgets.
We do, however, start with two huge positives: we all share very similar objectives and aspirations and we are not in competition with each other. It is a stirring thought that the first step was taken on 15th June.