Concern Worldwide (UK) is a Company Limited By Guarantee And Not Having A Share Capital (Registered in England and Wales with registered number 4323646) which has been granted Charitable Status by The Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Number 1092236) and The Office of The Scottish Charity Regulator (Registered Number SCO38107). The Registered Offices of Concern Worldwide (UK) are 13/14 Calico House, Plantation Wharf, London, SW11 3TN. Concern Worldwide (UK) is a subsidiary organisation of Concern Worldwide an Irish Registered Charity.
Concern Worldwide works with the world's poorest people to transform their lives. But what do we mean by “the world's poorest people?” And how do we help them?
What is poverty?
Many of the ways we explain poverty relate to how much money a person has to live on, but this doesn’t always give the full picture. For example, the UN says that absolute poverty is more than this:
A condition characterised by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and information. It depends not only on income but also access to services.
Identifying the poorest people
We aim to reach the poorest people in the places where we work. By involving all community members in our programmes we are able to identify the most vulnerable people. Often these are people who are usually excluded, such as women or those affected by HIV or AIDS. We then meet with these people to find out how best we can help them.
Our charity work
One of the biggest causes of poverty is inequality. We help the people we work with to use their rights and opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty. In Tanzania's Iringa district we worked with local people and the District Council to secure land certificates. This gave small farmers the legal title to their land for the first time and a more secure future.
Some of the other ways we're working to address inequality include providing adult literacy classes, addressing discrimination against women and providing start-up grants and training for extremely poor people.
Disasters keep people poor
Recovery and resilience
- Read a paper about how Concern understands extreme poverty (pdf)
- Find out more about our overseas work
- For the latest updates from Concern, visit our blog