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Comment 4 by Ignorant Amos :

A bit ambiguous for me. Will NBGA not be getting involved? I'm a bit wary of Oxfam, maybe someone here could better alleviate some of my concerns. Sometimes these things can get too big for their own boots.

Every penny that is donated to NBGA in the UK is handed over directly to Oxfam anyway, so it doesn't make any practical difference. Although by giving via NBGA the money is recorded as coming from atheist-humanist sources.

Frankly, the last thing poor people need is yet another well-meaning outfit getting directly involved in the aid 'business'. Whenever there is a horrendous natural disaster, one of the most depressing things to witness is the sheer vast volume of hundreds of thousands of pounds of advertising that appears for competing charities, all scrambling against each other in a free market tussle for donations. The sheer wastefulness of bureaucratic duplication and administration costs that this represents, among organisations ostensibly committed to solving the same problem, is really rather scandalous.

So although being big can lead to undue influence which needs to be checked, being big also creates the opportunity to bring about the sort of economies of scale which the aid 'industry' (and more importantly, its recipients) would benefit far more from.

Thu, 07 Jul 2011 10:58:17 UTC | #847243