Concern Worldwide US, Inc. is an affiliate of Concern Worldwide and supports the Concern network by recruiting staff, supporting program development, creating public awareness of humanitarian issues and financially supporting programs.
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Since its foundation in 1968, Concern Worldwide—through its work in emergencies and long-term development—has saved countless lives, relieved suffering and provided opportunities for a better standard of living for millions of people. We work primarily in the countries ranked in the bottom 40 of the United Nations Human Development Report. Concern implements emergency response programs as well as long-term development programs in the areas of livelihoods, health, HIV&AIDS, and education.
Concern’s work is informed by a vision for change. We envision a world in which no-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression; in which all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy and creative life; and in which everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives that last and spread without ongoing support from Concern.
Our role is to ensure that people living in extreme poverty are able to meet their basic needs, achieve their rights and manage their own development. We do so by working with communities and by using our shared experience and knowledge to address the root causes of extreme poverty.
To achieve this mission we engage in long-term development work, respond to emergency situations, and seek to address the root causes of poverty.
Our team of nearly 3,000 highly skilled and committed workers represents an exceptional depth of experience, talent, commitment and diversity.
Our on-the-ground presence in 26 countries gives us a base in places most likely to be affected by humanitarian crises.
Our track record, particularly in emergency response, child survival, and nutrition, is recognized internationally as being of exceptionally high quality.
Our ability to facilitate the various stakeholders to ensure greatest impact on the ground. This facilitation is a key component in how we operate as an organization.
We have a diverse support base of funds–from private and government sources–which allows us the independence to respond to a crisis when we are needed most.
As the organization has grown over the years, the core values that define Concern and its approach to emergencies and long-term development are based upon:
An ability to respond quickly, creatively and effectively to people in need.
Enthusiasm and necessary risk-taking matched by prudent judgment and a professional approach.
A belief in development as a process which occurs in people, proceeds at their pace and is achieved, not given.
Concern’s core values inform our approach and have remained constant. They underlie all our work, and are as follows:
1. Target Extreme Poverty
Our work is ultimately measured by how well we contribute to eliminating "absolute poverty,” which ranges from circumstances that bring people near death to those that allows only a tenuous grasp of life’s necessities: food, shelter, water, health and educational services.
2. Respect for People
Poverty reduces people's choices, not their competence and abilities. Concern upholds respect for the integrity, dignity and development of all peoples with whom we engage.
3. Service and Commitment
Attracting people with a spirit of voluntary service with a shared commitment to caring professionalism.
4. Development is a Process
Development is a process achieved by people at their own pace, on their own or with outside facilitation. Despite huge obstacles faced by people in extreme poverty, we believe many possess the personal capabilities to take advantage of local resources and external opportunities for self-development.
5. Emergencies Demand Rapid Response
Our capacity as an organization to respond quickly, effectively and creatively to people in immediate need is vital and requires our staff to be prepared and persevere under difficult circumstances. This approach is tempered professionalism and prudent judgment.
6. Greater Participation Equals Commitment
Encouraging decision-making by those affected by development initiatives leads to a greater and more sustained commitment to the project, its implementation and ultimate benefits.
7. Democracy Accelerates Development
Participatory democratic environments are the most favorable settings for states, markets and people to solve global poverty. Our concern for gender and social equity in carrying out our work demonstrates our adherence to this value.
8. Environment Must Be Respected
Along with social equity issues, Concern acknowledges the importance of the physical environment in our work and the need to ensure that our development efforts are consistent with conserving natural resources and sustainable environmental management.
9. Good Financial Stewardship Requires Good Accounting
We hold money in trust for our donors and for their intended beneficiaries, with responsibility to adhere to financial accountability procedures to ensure value for our donors and to project participants.
10. Experience Is the Best Teacher
We value the benefits of being ourselves a learning organization and of participating in networks of other organizations to share experiences and learn from them.
11. Working in Partnership
Eliminating poverty is complicated precisely because of the wide range of issues that need to be addressed all at once. Consequently, Concern believes that the best way to address problems is to bring together people, organizations and institutions that can pool their knowledge, skills, and resources, and work together in order to have an impact on poverty. That is why Concern’s core ethos is "partnership as mutual learning and sharing development"; this is the lynchpin to all of our development work. We aim to invest in and harness infrastructures that already exist, not to replicate them.