NCVO chief calls for 'three-way' partnership to fight downturn

Chief executive Stuart Etherington has called for a three-way partnership between the third sector, state and business to confront the economic downturn.

In a speech at Sheffield Hallam University to mark the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research, Etherington said the repercussions of the economic crisis were not confined to the financial sector.

"The credit crunch is having a huge impact not only on the economy and across government but throughout civil society," he said.

"This demonstrates that these risks were not borne solely by City traders but by all us. Therefore we need to find solutions that work across this broader landscape: a tripartite deal encompassing the state, market and civil society."

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Research has 12 core members in four faculties or departments at Sheffield Hallam University.

A team from the centre is conducting a long-term evaluation of the Futurebuilders programme for the Government, which aims to help third sector organisations win contracts from the public sector.

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