Between 1998 and 2017 disasters:
- killed 1.3 million people
- left a further 4.4 billion injured, homeless, displaced, or in need of emergency assistance
Where we work
Our annual report
Concern is committed to building the resilience of individuals and communities so they can better prepare for the often recurrent challenges and risks they face and are able to recover when disaster strikes.
The people that Concern works with are extremely poor, typically living on less than $2 a day. They live in some of the hardest to reach and most fragile places on earth, prone to conflict, drought, or floods. Every time they experience a crisis these people are pushed deeper into poverty and hunger. Even regular low-intensity ‘everyday emergencies’, such as small-scale floods, failed rains, or low-level conflict, have a major impact on poor people’s lives.
By helping communities build their resilience, we can save lives, protect livelihoods and prevent people falling deeper into poverty. Investing in resilience is also proven to be much more cost effective than repeated short term emergency response.
Our advocacy work is informed by our work on the ground. We promote the lessons on what works for building resilience, particularly in fragile and conflict affected contexts, to ensure that policies and funding systems work for the people most in need. We work closely with partners in civil society, for example Bond and Alliance2015, to strengthen our voice and impact. We also work in coalition with academia, NGOs and the private sector through the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance to ensure that we stay at the forefront of resilience discussions, and reach new audiences.
Long-term, flexible funding
We are calling for donor institutions to provide long-term flexible funding for resilience programmes that are able to adapt when rapid humanitarian action is required. This will allow programmes to invest over the longer time-scales needed to build resilience, and to learn and adjust based on feedback from communities and evidence from different contexts.
Communities to be at the heart of decisions
More effective systems
We partner with a range of organisations that share our passion and the results have been fantastic.