Concern Worldwide, the global organisation, was founded in 1968 in response to the devastating famine in war torn Biafra. In 2004, the UK operation was formally established, bringing together offices in Belfast and Glasgow with a base in London. Concern Worldwide (UK) is an integral part of Concern Worldwide, playing a vital role in fundraising and advocacy, and connecting the organisation’s country programmes with humanitarian and development actors in the UK.
Concern Worldwide (UK) does not directly implement programmes overseas, but supports Concern Worldwide to do so. In recent years, the organisation has leveraged their expertise in emergency response and strong supporter relations to influence UK governmental policy to tackle hunger and malnutrition. At the same time, they have significantly grown their funds from public and institutional donors to deliver programmes which alleviate hunger and extreme poverty.