BME scheme saw big drop-out rate

Helen Warrell

A third of participants in a £2.5m pilot project to deliver capacity building to black and minority ethnic organisations across London dropped out of the scheme early, according to a new report.

The programme, which was run by the Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations and funded by the Single Regeneration Budget, was set up to help BME bodies become more businesslike and outward-looking.

However, research by consultants from Charities Evaluation Services found that a third of the 302 groups involved in the project withdrew before it had finished, mainly because their plans did not match the programme's model of capacity building.

The study, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, also found that the very conditions capacity building was designed to address, such as lack of secure funding and inadequate premises or staff resources, made it difficult for some organisations to participate fully.

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