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16 January 2009

Is this really what you meant to happen? - preview
In the first article Judith Baker raises her concerns about changes in funding for British Quaker work overseas and in the second article Gillian Ashmore sets out the budgetary challenges that British Quakers are facing

  • Is this really what you meant to happen?
    ‘Do I understand this correctly? You’ve had your budget decimated and you’ve lost or are about to lose most of your staff and you’re going to sit here writing polite minutes? Aren’t you angry?’

    A framework for action from September 2008 tells us that Meeting for Sufferings ‘endorse wholeheartedly the work that Quaker Peace & Social Witness has done… in pre- and post-conflict situations
  • We would like the same resource to continue to be devoted to peace work
  • ’ Yet, here we are at the beginning of 2009 and find that the budget for overseas peacebuilding work to be undertaken by Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) this year has been drastically cut
  • I am not privy to exact figures, which have not been finalised
  • However, the Overseas Peacebuilding Group (OPG) was told that the provisional cuts are in the order of £76,000 less than requested for the Uganda work and £53,000 less than requested to support Dealing with the Past work continued by Quaker-inspired peace activists in the post-Yugoslav countries
  • There is also a budget of £50,000 within QPSW for unspecified ‘new peace projects’, which could include overseas peacebuilding work

  • Judith Baker & Gillian Ashmore

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