International development charity Progressio has announced it is to close next year, following a period of consultation with its staff, partners, supporters and funders.
The decision was made by the organisation’s trustees after Progressio
was unable to secure sufficient levels of income for a viable future
after the end of the financial year 2016.
Progressio’s Chair of Trustees, Martin McEnery, said: “The decision
to close comes despite intensive fundraising efforts and many years of
investing to diversify income. Unfortunately, the funding landscape has
become increasingly competitive and we have been unable to replace the
£2 million unrestricted grant from DFID which comes to an end in
“Our uppermost thoughts now are for the people we work alongside,
such as the Yemeni, Somali and Southern African women struggling to have
a voice and to counter deeply entrenched abuse of their rights and
violence against them. The subsistence farmers across all our country
programmes in Central America, Africa and Yemen striving for sustainable
livelihoods and to have a voice in decisions that affect their lives.
We will do our utmost to ensure their voices continue to be heard and
their struggles supported.”
The charity, which was started in 1940, employs 24 full-time staff in
its London office and 46 overseas; it works in eight countries
including the UK. Staff, partners, funders, volunteers and other
stakeholders have been informed of the decision.
A spokesperson from Progressio said the charity will, as far as
possible, complete all project and partner commitments through to the
end of March 2017.