Reversing the rising levels of hunger and starvation
Just over 20 years ago, a simple series of innovations revolutionised how severely malnourished children were treated. Concern CEO Dominic McSorley reflects on the important anniversary.
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Concern’s CEO Dominic MacSorley responds to recent reports of serious impropriety around the use of funds in the charity sector, to reassure donors of Concern’s absolute accountability, transparency and integrity.
I’ve just returned from Ethiopia where I spent a number of days with Mary Robinson, the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate. Together, we witnessed the devastating impact that El Niño and climate change is having on people’s daily lives. Ethiopia is leading on the response and we too have massively scaled up, distributing seeds to thousands of farmers, trucking water to villages that have dried up, providing supplementary food to 250,000 children under five who are now at risk of malnutrition. You would be proud if you saw Concern’s work saving lives and giving hope for the future. What we do – in Ethiopia and elsewhere - is only possible because of your support.
You may have seen recent news stories and might be questioning how some Irish charities use your donations, and whether the time and energy you commit to causes is worthwhile. Much has been said about the need for charities to adopt the highest standards, a ‘triple-lock’ covering good governance practice, the publication of full and transparent accounts and high fundraising standards. We fully support this call and have always been open and transparent about everything we do.
Here’s a reminder of how we spend our donor’s money:
You can read our annual report, see the impact that we are making with your support and find the evidence of our commitments to the highest codes and standards here.
If you have any questions about our values, governance, fundraising or accountability – please just ask me.