Charities wasting our cash
Sir -- I worked in the aid sector for 30 years, both overseas and in Ireland, and I totally agree with Niamh Cooper's comments on the 'Folly of Irish charities' (Sunday Independent, Letters, August 7, 2011) and the wasted duplication of spending on appeals and on administrative, management, technical, HR and IT support functions within organisations. Each, as she says, 'have their own structures'.
Far too much attention is focused on fundraising and organisational/CEO profiling at the expense of meeting the immediate and long-term needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, among them the distressed Somali population affected by conflict and hunger in east Africa right now. This needs to be afforded due attention to reduce overheads, and I am quite embarrassed when I hear and see all the radio, TV and newspaper ads for donations throughout the day, knowing the costs of these.
A joint appeal would be far more efficient.