Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives which last and spread without ongoing support from Concern.
To achieve this mission we engage in long term development work, respond to emergency situations, and seek to address the root causes of poverty.
Disaster Reduction Goal
The end goal is of Concern's DRR interventions is to enhance the resilience of communities, helping them to ‘spring back’ from an adverse event (‘bounce back better’). In an increasingly unpredictable world, this includes and implies a measure of flexibility and adaptability.
We take a wide and holistic understanding of 'hazards' and include conflict, policy-related hazards and social hazards in our understanding of DRR.
We place equal emphasis on intensive and extensive risk.
We acknowledge the importance of analysing and understanding the complex interactions between hazards and the wider context, and seek to use this information to influence our programming choices.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
DRR is mainstreamed as an approach in all of our programmes.
We also do 'stand-alone' DRR programming in some countries (eg Haiti, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Zambia).
All programming is guided by our core document 'How Concern Understands Extreme Poverty' which establishes that risk and vulnerability is a key driver of poverty, so all programmes must seek to reduce risk to beneficiary populations.
DRR is explained in our 'Approaches to DRR' paper.
We implement DRR in all 25 countries we work in.
Membership in Key Networks
VOICE / DRR working group
BOND / DRR working group
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
Establish, build the capacity of and support local and district level disaster management governance structures in Chad, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Burundi, Uganda, Niger, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Zambia.
Contributing to DRR policy development in Bangladesh and climate change charter in Bay of Bengal (India and Bangladesh).
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
Undertake risk analysis in all programme areas.
Support links of communities to EWS and contribute to EWS data collection in Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Somalia, Haiti, Niger, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique.
Links and programming interaction between natural hazards, conflict and protection risks in Haiti urban programmes.
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
School safety and hazard awareness in India, Bangladesh, Haiti, Burundi.
Public awareness on hazards in Ethiopia, Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Burundi, Zambia, Mozambique
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
Watershed management in Afghanistan, Ethiopia.
Flood mitigation in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, South Sudan, DPRK, Haiti, Pakistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India, Zambia, Mozambique.
Drought mitigation in Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, Somalia, Haiti, Niger, Afghanistan, Kenya.
Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger and Chad: community resilience to undernutrition programming
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
All country programmes must have a PEER (Preparedness for Effective Emergency Response) in place for rapid and effective emergency responses in-country: by end of 2015.
Support community/government responses in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Haiti, DPRK, Burundi, Uganda, Niger, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique.
Develop contingency stocks and/or safety nets in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Zambia
Resilient / climate smart agriculture, especially conservation agriculture, in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Mozambique.
Appropriate crop varieties in all countries.
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)