Crops are watered. Central African Republic. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern WorldwideCrops are watered. Central African Republic. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern WorldwideCrops are watered. Central African Republic. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

How we put your donations to work

How we put your donations to work

Concern Worldwide (UK)’s work tackling extreme poverty among some of the world’s poorest communities would be impossible without the compassion and generosity of our supporters. We are committed to being fully accountable to you in how we maximise the impact of your donations.

In 2021, Concern reached approximately 39 million people in 24 of the world’s poorest countries.

Over 76p in every pound goes directly to support our overseas programmes and we work hard to make sure we achieve as much as possible with the charity funds we receive. 

Programme effectiveness and transparency

We aim to achieve the highest standards of effectiveness and transparency across all our programmes and measure this against a number of internationally recognised codes and standards.  For example:

  • Concern has been fully certified against the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability, which sets out nine commitments for humanitarian organisations to measure and improve the effectiveness of their programmes.
  • We adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster Relief, which seeks to maintain high standards of behaviour among aid agencies providing disaster relief.
  • We also publish full details of all relevant UK funding to the IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) standard.  This is a global initiative to improve the transparency of development and humanitarian programmes and their results.


You can find out more about the standards we adhere to here and our Supporter Promise, which sets out the standards we adhere to in how we fundraise.

If you'd like to know more about how and where our money is spent, you can read our latest annual report. 

Highest accountability standards

In our work, we're dedicated to following the best charity codes and policies, from how we deal with emergencies to how we fundraise. We believe that charities have to be accountable, transparent and effective.

Charities SORP

Our accounts are prepared annually in accordance with the Charities SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice) standard of accountability and transparency.

Core Humanitarian Standard

Transforming lives

Concern Worldwide has been helping to transform lives of the world's poorest people since 1968.  We won’t stop until poverty does. 

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How money is spent

Overseas programmes
Overseas programmes
Policy, advocacy & campaigning
Policy, advocacy & campaigning
NFI materials being distributed by Concern in masisi, DRC. Photo: Kieran McConville/Concern Worldwide

Help those in need across the world

  • Our mission is to permanently transform the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

  • When an emergency strikes we are among the first on the ground.

  • We go to the ends of earth to deliver aid where it's needed most.

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