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Thomson Reuters Foundation Publishes Series On Humanitarian Aid Organizations

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Exclusive: Which aid relief charities spend the most on fundraising?
“As the business of international aid booms, rival charities are locked in a race to attract donors with some spending close to a fifth of their resources on fundraising, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found. A survey of the world’s 50 biggest humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) by expenditure found their total annual spending has more than doubled to $18 billion in the last 10 years — greater than the national GDP of one third of the world’s countries…” (Esslemont, 7/15).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Exclusive: Aid charities reluctant to reveal full scale of fraud
“With fraud rife in conflict and disaster zones, aid charities are under pressure to be open about corruption but one third of the world’s 25 biggest aid charities declined to make their fraud data public in a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation. Data collected from 12 of the 25 humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with the greatest expenditure shows annual losses of $2.7 million — or just 0.03 percent of annual turnover based on data supplied for the years 2009-2014…” (Esslemont, 7/15).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Exclusive: Is global aid reaching Syrians in need? Charities battle to deliver
“Charities trying to deliver aid across Syria to help victims of the worsening conflict, have admitted it is hard, if not impossible, to know where supplies end up and fear future funding could be at risk, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation found. A survey of 10 global non-government organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies and local charities employed to deliver aid in Syria — all of whom requested anonymity — said they could not confirm aid is reaching the right people in many areas…” (Esslemont, 7/15).

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