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Where there is a will there is a way: Reflections on the Rwandan genocide

Dominic MacSorley | 16 April 2019 | 1 Comment

Concern CEO, Dominic MacSorley, led Concern's response to the tragedy that unfolded in Rwanda 25 years ago. He shares his recollections of the devastating aftermath of the genocide and reflects on the lessons learned in order to prevent such atrocities from happening again.

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Topics: emergency, humanitarian, Rwanda, conflict, Rwandan Genocide

QUIZ: How well do you remember the year that was 2018?

Jason Kennedy | 29 December 2018 | 2 Comments

This year was a busy one both for Concern and the international community. Take our quick quiz and see how much you remember from the year that was.

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Topics: ebola virus, ebola, haiti, syria, hunger, charity, turkey, global hunger index, lebanon, Central African Republic, conflict, GHI, CAR, rohingya refugees, Concern50, Bill Clinton, GHI2018, Ghana, 2018, kofi annan

Why cash is king: How mobile cash transfers save lives and empower locals in Somalia

Paul Carr | 19 December 2018 | 0 Comments

Cash is revolutionising the way that humanitarian aid is being delivered. Somalia is a prime example of this, where in coordination with donors such as European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) and Irish Aid, Concern is finding innovative ways to ensure that those most in need are reached while empowering them along the way.

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Topics: somalia, emergency response, conflict, drought, resilience, cash transfers

Conflict and hunger in Somalia

Clare Ahern | 13 December 2018 | 0 Comments

In Somalia, more than two and a half decades of armed conflict has had a devastating impact on innocent civilians. There are now more than 870,000 Somalis registered as refugees in nearby countries, and over 2.1 million people are displaced within the country itself. Insecurity has meant that aid agencies have often struggled to reach the most vulnerable communities.

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Topics: hunger, nutrition, somalia, conflict, resilience

Ebola: New outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo infects hundreds

Kevin Jenkinson | 22 November 2018 | 0 Comments

A simple hug can lead to potential death in the Democratic Republic of Congo – where a new outbreak of the Ebola virus has so far infected 341 people and killed 215.

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Topics: ebola virus, ebola outbreak, ebola, sierra leone, Africa, conflict, DRC, DRCongo, death

Central African Republic: The world’s hungriest country

Lucy Bloxham | 11 October 2018 | 0 Comments

Today, the Global Hunger Index (GHI), an annual report published by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, was released. The GHI is a tool designed to measure and track hunger at global, regional and national levels to assess the progress and setbacks in combating hunger. It also reveals the hungriest country in the world, which we can use as a microcosmic example to explore the main drivers of, and possible solutions to global hunger

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Topics: global hunger index, Africa, Central African Republic, conflict, Concern50, GHI2018

Local and nimble: Getting things done in South Sudan

Michael Mulpeter | 10 October 2018 | 0 Comments

50 years of experience has taught us that one of the most effective ways to get work done — especially in conflict-affected countries — is to work through local partners. Finding the right partners is key, and helping them to develop and strengthen their own systems is vital.

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Topics: famine, humanitarian, south sudan, nutrition, emergency response, conflict, malnutrition, war

S.O.S: How Ireland helped a nation – A new podcast series from Concern

Clare Ahern | 28 September 2018 | 11 Comments

Our new podcast series tells the story of the bond between Ireland and Biafra. It’s a tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help those starving behind a military blockade – from secret flights, to dodging bombs, to overcoming press censorship. It’s the story of how the people of Ireland were moved to help save the lives of people they'd never met, in a country thousands of miles away.

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Topics: humanitarian, hunger, conflict, food crisis, Concern50, audio

Highlights from Resurge 2018

Jason Kennedy | 20 September 2018 | 0 Comments

Concern's Resurge conference brought together world-renowned experts in peacekeeping and conflict-resolution, while also celebrating 50 years in operation. Here are some of the best bits.

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Topics: conflict, Concern50, Resurge

A resurgence of humanity: five things we learned at Resurge2018

Caitriona Dowd | 14 September 2018 | 0 Comments

On 7 September, Concern Worldwide hosted a global conference bringing together world leaders, policymakers, and experts on conflict and the humanitarian system to find ways to break the cycle of conflict, hunger and human suffering. Here are five things we learned.

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Topics: conflict, Concern50, Resurge

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