Send a Cow and Emerge Poverty Free have merged

But the anti-poverty charities will remain registered as independent organisations and retain separate trustee boards

- This story was corrected on 13 September 2017; please see final paragraph

The anti-poverty charities Send a Cow and Emerge Poverty Free have merged.

The two organisations, which both work to alleviate poverty in Africa, will remain registered as independent charities with their own trustee boards but will work together to save money and share learning and capacity, they said.

The charities merged because of the similarities in their missions, Paul Stuart, chief executive of Send a Cow, told Third Sector.

He said the two charities would retain their independent branding but share management structure, costs, and expertise in fundraising and programme management.

Send a Cow had an income of almost £7m in the year to 30 June 2017, while Emerge Poverty Free had an income of more than £500,000 in the year to 31 March 2017.

Send a Cow has 250 employees, while Emerge Poverty Free has five permanent staff and delivered much of its work through partner organisations, a statement from Send a Cow said.

Stuart has become chief executive of both organisations and Melanie Nightingale, interim chief executive of Emerge Poverty Free, has stood down.

Rowena Warren, head of finance and resources at Send a Cow, has also become head of finance and resources at Emerge Poverty Free, while John Decruz-Young, head of finance at Emerge Poverty Free, has left.

Stuart said the charities would save money through the change in management and also in office costs by moving Emerge Poverty Free’s London team to a smaller office.

"We believe that this partnership is a positive step forward that will allow our two organisations to support more of Africa’s poorest people," he said.

"Send a Cow and Emerge Poverty Free share many of the same values, and the complementary nature of our work in east Africa makes this a strong partnership.

"By working together, we’ll be helping to secure the long-term sustainability of our work. Just as we encourage our farmers in Africa to work together, we too must look at how we can collaborate with those who share our passion to end poverty, hunger and inequality."

Margaret Edwards, chair of Emerge Poverty Free, said: "I look forward to seeing how the skills and expertise of the two vibrant organisations working together will enable even more east African communities to have a better future as they are enabled to lift themselves out of poverty."

- The story originally said the charities would work under a new combined board. 

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