Concern Worldwide works with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives. They are an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. They work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using their knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty. In 2015, they positively impacted the lives of 22.5 million people. Beliefs Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Vision A world where: No-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression All have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy and creative life Everyone is treated with dignity and respect Mission Concern’s mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives which last and spread without ongoing support from Concern. To achieve this mission, they engage in long term development work, build resilience, respond to emergency situations, and seek to address the root causes of poverty through their development, education and advocacy work. Core values Built on their history and the voluntary, compassionate commitment of Concern’s founders: They focus on extreme poverty They are driven by a clear focus on eliminating poverty in the most vulnerable places and responding to humanitarian crises. They believe in equality People are equal in rights and must be treated with respect and dignity. They listen Listening and partnership are key to empowering the poorest and most vulnerable to transform their own lives. They respond rapidly People affected by disasters are entitled to have their most basic needs met through rapid, effective, and principled responses. They are courageous Taking necessary risks, balanced with sound judgement, allows us to work in the most challenging contexts. They are committed Going the extra mile to support communities in times of need and in the face of very difficult operating environments. They are innovative Finding effective solutions requires innovative thinking combined with a pragmatic approach. They are accountable Accountability and transparency are central to all of our actions and use of resources. Programmes Their work focuses on education, emergencies and health, livelihoods, HIV and AIDS. Education 72 million children around the world are not enrolled in school; Concern Worldwide focuses on providing basic education to those who need it most. Access to education is not only a basic human right, but also a key factor in reducing poverty and child labour. Emergencies Many of the countries where Concern Worldwide works are highly vulnerable to emergencies as a result of conflicts and natural disasters. They are prone to floods, storms, earthquakes and droughts. We work with vulnerable communities in countries prone to disaster helping them prepare as much as possible to deal with the next one. Health Today, there are an estimated 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty, most of whom regularly experience health problems. Malnutrition causes illnesses such as diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria, HIV and AIDS to worsen. By tackling undernourishment we can improve the health of entire communities. Livelihoods We have been supporting the livelihoods of the world’s poorest people for over 30 years. Put simply, “livelihoods” doesn’t just mean a person’s ability to earn a living, it’s about everything that makes an impact on a person’s life. This includes whether they have enough food to sustain themselves. HIV and AIDS Millions of people living with HIV and AIDS are also suffering from malnutrition. This can stop anti-retroviral drugs from working effectively and increase the complications brought on by these already debilitating illnesses. Tackling malnutrition improves the lives of those living with HIV and AIDS. Combined programmes In addition to the above five sectors, they also run programmes that combine two or more of these areas of work, such as the Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project in Zambia and the graduation programme in Burundi.