More on Goats for Africa
I have covered it before, but it still gets my goat! I'm being deluged with brochures asking me to buy a goat for a smiling African farmer, but supplying goats is a stupid idea for many areas as they ruin the land...
Christian Aid said there had been a misunderstanding. The purchase of a goat did not really mean that a goat was bought. The money would go into a farming and livestock fund that would be distributed by local project managers.
But if Christian Aid thought that would see off its critics, it was mistaken. Intelligent Giving, the charities analyst, said it was appalled by its own research, which showed that few charities delivered the animals that they said they would. Adam Rothwell, a researcher at IG, said: “We have looked at what your money actually buys you, because what you see isn’t always what your African farmer gets.”
Of all the charities IG investigated, only three — The Good Gifts Catalogue, Save the Children and Help the Aged’s Cows ‘n’ Things, guaranteed to buy what present-givers had donated for.
Rothwell was unimpressed with promises from charities that the money would go to useful projects elsewhere.
“The usual explanation was that the money would go to something like a goat, or that the charity would spend the money on something else entirely, where it judged there was the greatest need. But that’s like paying for an iPod and getting a radio,” he said.
“We don’t think most people would be happy with that.”
I wouldn't trust "Christian Aid" with anything after their disgraceful adverts this year so the fact they don't deliver what you have bought doesn't surprise me.