Action Aid merges in role restructure

ActionAid UK is preparing to merge formally with its sister charities in Greece and Italy and is set to establish a new international secretariat as part of a major overhaul of the charity's structure.

The international development agency is also founding an affiliate scheme allowing charities from across the world to align themselves with ActionAid's philosophy and brand. Several peoples' movements in the developing world have already expressed an interest, and the charity hopes this will lead to greater equality.

"We want to fundamentally shift power relations and get away from the idea that rich donor countries call the shots," said ActionAid spokeswoman Jane Moyo. "The new structure will also enable us to speak with a more unified voice on international issues."

ActionAid is currently looking at the implications of the restructuring and expects the process to be completed within two years. Work has already begun on recruiting for senior roles and the international secretariat should be up and running by the end of the year.

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