Income at Save the Children International holds up, say accounts

This is despite a fall in income of more than £100m at Save the Children UK

Save the Children International (Photograph: Elisabetta Baracchi/EPA/Shutterstock)
Save the Children International (Photograph: Elisabetta Baracchi/EPA/Shutterstock)

Save the Children International’s income remained flat last year, the latest figures show.

The charity’s accounts for the year to 31 December 2018, filed with Companies House this week, show that income was $1.2bn (£1bn), compared with $1.3bn the previous year.

Spending was $1.2bn for the year, slightly down on the $1.3bn registered in 2017, according to the accounts.

Save the Children International was set up in 2009 to bring all 30 of the individual Save organisations under one body and oversee its international work.

The charity, which is based in the UK, receives funds from the individual Save organisations from across the world.

Its latest figures come after Save the Children UK revealed a fall in income of more than £100m over the same period.

But increases in funding in other countries meant Save the Children International avoided a substantial financial hit from the reduction in income in the UK branch.

The figures also cover a year in which Save the Children UK was embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal involving two former executives and an alleged failure to properly deal with the claims.

A Charity Commission inquiry into the charity is ongoing, and the chair of Save the Children International resigned in April last year amid criticism of the charity’s handling of the crisis.

Pernille Lopez, chair of Save the Children International, says in the 2018 accounts: "We are determined to learn from past mistakes and 2018 has seen us take great strides to improve.

"We have strengthened policies and procedures to keep the children and communities we work with safer, as well as our staff. We have driven an emphasis on incident reporting, no matter how trivial the concern. And we have taken a zero-tolerance approach to any breach in our code of conduct."

The charity’s accounts said it reached 40.8 million children in 2018, 39.4 million of whom were reached directly through Save the Children programmes.

The charity responded to 113 emergencies in 58 countries and contributed to 30 significant policy or legislative changes.

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