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Charities should comfort beneficiaries and disturb those in power

The voluntary sector needs to rediscover its voice, argues David Robinson. This is one of a series of extracts from a forthcoming book of essays on the future of the voluntary sector, Making Good: The Future of the Voluntary Sector.  The collected extracts are available at Civil Exchange. 

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Civil society organisations across Europe are seeing their independence come under threat

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Focus on ‘independence’ should not distract us from the fact that charities should deliver more public services

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