How We Do It

Our approaches are based on specific community needs and guided by a focus on women and children, community empowerment, and innovation — each essential to the lasting elimination of extreme poverty.


When more women are educated, child mortality decreases and their children are better educated. When more women receive knowledge and access to health care, their children are healthier. When more women work, economies grow.

Yet inequality and discrimination persist. Collectively, women spend an average of 16 million hours a day simply collecting water. Less than 20 percent of landholders are women. And an estimated 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence. We believe unequivocally that protecting and empowering women is key to making lasting change and safeguarding each child’s future.


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We relentlessly challenge ourselves to craft effective solutions that build on our experience, learning, and partnership with communities. We constantly seek new paths — ways to do things more effectively, efficiently, sustainably, and equitably.

Throughout our history, our innovations have sprung from a spirit of pragmatism and partnership. They’re the product of working in tough places for long enough to identify the bottlenecks and barriers, listening to others who know more than us, thinking, and doing. We have never been afraid to experiment.

Since 2008, we have also built a more formal practice of innovation into our some of our health programming, particularly those that focus on maternal and child health.

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We understand the importance of working within existing social structures and partnering with community leaders, seeking out the voices of women and the most vulnerable. We also help build strong networks that include local civil society organizations, operational partners, and governments. Our shared goal is to determine the best pathways toward sustainable change, and to guarantee the poorest are heard, their rights are guaranteed, and resulting policy is broadly supported and development-focused.

Concern’s concept of “community” includes the men, women, and children we work with in villages and neighborhoods, as well as our global community of more than 4,000 staff members, and a vast network of supporters, donors, and partners.


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Our impact

Reaching 24.2 million of the world’s poorest people.

With humanitarian aid & long-term solutions to poverty.

Concern operates in 23 countries worldwide.