Kirk Prichard, Concern’s Director of Humanitarian Programs, spent several years working in the private sector and completed his Masters in International Humanitarian Action from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands before joining Concern in 2008.
Kirk started with Concern in Afghanistan and has worked in a variety of positions and locations including Kenya, the Philippines, and Nepal. In 2012, he became Concern’s project manager of the Building a Better Response project (BBR), which aims to improve humanitarian response in the wake of disasters by improving the capacity and coordination of national and international non-profits.
“I see Concern’s little green sticker on a pickup truck, or our sign on a tent, and I think there are still a lot people out there who care about humanity and helping those in need.”
“While BBR on the surface is about training NGO staff, what it really comes down to is helping populations that are affected by emergencies,” he said. “When humanitarian staff are better trained, it leads to assistance being provided in a more efficient manner.”
One of the key successes of the BBR project is an E-Learning tool that over 10,000 humanitarian stakeholders have accessed.
Recently married and with a strong commitment to family and the Yankees, Kirk nevertheless finds himself on the road frequently as he undertakes humanitarian programming.
“I often end up in the middle of nowhere in the mountains of Afghanistan or the deserts of Kenya, where there may be a lot of problems and people think they have been forgotten,” he said. “And then I see Concern’s little green sticker on a pickup truck, or our sign on a tent, and I think there are still a lot people out there who care about humanity and helping those in need, both in their own communities and abroad. And then I know something good is going to happen here.”