The charitable world is in a tough place.
On one hand, there is a global economic downturn, while the US and many other countries are struggling to cope with the pandemic.
On the other, many governments are looking to cut funding for charities and other charities.
But one of the world’s biggest charities is going to have to choose: Should it give more to poorer countries, or poorer countries to better-off countries?
And that’s the question facing Duncan Duncan’s charitable trust, which has been working to build a network of around 40,000 local donors around the world to give the world better food, water, education and healthcare.
For many of them, it’s an issue that has a big moral connotation, especially for those of us who care about the environment.
Duncan, who is chairman of the Global Environment Partnership (GEP), says the world is currently facing a humanitarian crisis, and that it’s up to governments to take responsibility for the issues they face.
But how do you make those decisions?
“When we look at the situation in terms of the environmental issues, it is really about the responsibility of governments to address those issues,” he says.
“So if we don’t address those, there will be no more people on the planet.”
The first question that Duncan asks in his meeting with local donors is whether he can get more of the funds to be distributed.
“I want to do the best I can, so we’re working on a plan and that will be a priority,” he tells them.
“It is not the first time we’ve had a problem and we’ll have to address it again.”
He then describes how the foundation has been able to build up an organisation that is now capable of delivering funds to a number of different organisations around the globe.
“There is no single model that we have, and it’s not necessarily the case that you have to follow the same model in every country, because you can do that globally,” he explains.
“But we’re trying to be an example of what can be done by one of our partners.”
For the last five years, the foundation, founded in 2014, has been focusing on the environment in the region where it works.
The foundation’s focus has been on developing a global network of local donors and building relationships with them, which the foundation then helps them to build.
“We’ve been able in our work to build relationships with a lot of different countries around the planet,” says Duncan.
The charity has also developed a system that enables it to work with governments, foundations and NGOs.
It can then work with local partners to develop and implement their own projects, which then benefit the community.
In 2020, the organisation plans to donate 1.3 million tonnes of food and other supplies to around 140 countries.
“In 2020, we’re going to distribute 1.5 million tonnes [of food], but that will have to be done locally,” says Peter McLeod, who leads the foundation’s food and food security programme.
“What we’re seeing now is that the food we distribute is already being distributed, in large part, by the local communities in these areas.”
In fact, the charity has already begun to distribute the donated food to people who are in need.
“As you might imagine, the scale of the work is massive and we have to work very hard to manage that,” he adds.
“And we’ve been working on this for a while.”
The charity’s work in Africa has been very successful, as it has already started to give out food aid to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
The organisation also has a partnership with the International Rescue Committee, which was founded to support people affected by natural disasters.
But the charity hopes to get even more involved in the continent.
Duncan hopes to be able to work on other projects with other charities around the country.
He says that his aim is to build connections and help local people get the support they need.
And he says that the foundation hopes to become an even bigger organisation by 2020.
“Our goal is to be one of those organisations that can do more in Africa,” he said.
“You have to take that responsibility seriously, because if you don’t, you’ll be left with nothing.”
The world has a lot to do in the next couple of decades, but it’s important that we don`t go back to the days of governments giving people less than they deserve.
“The globalisation that has happened in the last 50 years has made people think that, ‘Well, if it’s OK with me, I can just give money away’,” Duncan says.
In fact there are some countries in the developing world where, in the words of Duncan, “you can’t be poor anymore.”