With 3 mergers in recent years, what are benefits to Save the Children?

A Save the Children sign. Photo by: Shawn / CC BY-NC-SA

CANBERRA — In December, Save the Children Australia announced their third merger within a period of less than three years.

For Save the Children, the December merger with Child Wise allowed them to gain 25 years of experience, training, and research to assist Australian organizations in protecting children from harm. Their merger with Hands on Learning, or HoL, in February last year enhanced and strengthened their work to support access to education for children at risk. And the 2015 merger with Good Beginnings Australia provided the ability to support vulnerable Australian children through early childhood development programs.

Child protection was the aim of all three mergers, creating a larger footprint of their impact within Australia domestically. But it also enables them to improve their Australian-based income through improved capability and domestic-focused programs.

"We believe the sector needs to consolidate to create greater impact and leverage economies of scale," Paul Ronalds, chief executive of Save the Children Australia, said at the time of the Child Wise merger. "We believe working together strengthens the sector and creates more opportunity to deliver services."

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    Lisa Cornish is a Devex Reporter based in Canberra, where she focuses on the Australian aid community. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane, and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.

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