Bassac report says collaborative work harmed by secrecy

Greater collaboration between voluntary organisations is being held back by an endemic culture of secrecy and competition in the sector, according to Bassac.

A new report from the community sector umbrella body argues that non-profit groups have been slower than private and public sector counterparts to adopt new ways of collaborative working, such as shared back-office functions. "Collaboration requires a willingness to share information," the report says. "This will only be achieved if organisations overcome the historical necessity of secrecy and competition."

Bassac chief executive Ben Hughes said that compulsive vying for funds inhibited cooperation: "Organisations are bidding for the same pot and there is a disincentive to work together."

The report goes on to suggest that partnerships between large organisations and smaller community groups could help to narrow the gap between the haves and have-nots in the sector.

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