UK development assistance budget cuts threaten survival of development NGOs

Bond, the UK network for international development NGOs, has launched its latest survey exploring the impact on its members of the COVID-19 crisis and UK development assistance cuts.

The survey reveals a grim picture of falling incomes, staff cuts, and threats to the survival of many NGOs in the near future. Some of the figures in the survey include the following:

  • Only half of Bond's members think they will be operating in two years, with 48% raising grave concerns about their ability to continue to exist in two years. 24% expect to close within the next 12 months. Small and medium-sized organizations are most at risk.
  • Most of the NGOs surveyed (65%) also expect their income to fall in 2021-22, and a quarter of all (25%) organizations surveyed are anticipating significant falls in their income of over 20% in 2021-22.
  • Over 46% of organizations surveyed have already made or are about to make staff reductions as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 21% of NGOs had to make more than 10% of their workforce redundant.

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