Think Global to close after losing government funding

Other international development charities and programmes will continue the educational charity's work

The international education charity Think Global is closing after it failed to replace lost government funding.

A statement from the charity yesterday said a failure to secure alternative sources of funding after the Department for International Development withdrew its support had left the charity unable to continue.

The charity’s latest accounts for the year to 31 March 2017, which are filed under its registered name the Development Education Association, say most of its DfID funding came from the Global Learning Programme, which included Think Global until December 2017.

The accounts say that the charity’s income fell by approximately 30 per cent between 2015/16 and 2016/17, from £539,000 to £403,128.

Expenditure also fell from £461,990 to £390,119 in the year covered by the latest accounts.

The charity, which employed 10 staff at the time of the latest accounts, has been running for 35 years. It said a number of other international development charities and programmes would continue Think Global’s work.

James Luger, chair of Think Global, said: "We are acutely aware that at the very moment we close our doors, the need for global learning has never been greater.

"However, Think Global didn’t act alone. We were an effective force for global learning because our members, networks, friends and supporters amplified our message, and this community will continue to promote the vital importance of helping people understand and act on global issues, helping to create a world that is just and sustainable for all."

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