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Tackling drought in the Desert: A photo story from Pakistan

Clare Ahern | 28 March 2018 | 0 Comments

In the first of our 2018 reports from Pakistan's Thar Desert, we look at the consolidated efforts necessary to deliver an integrated food and nutrition programme that has long term impact. With support from ECHO, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, Concern is working with partners to change the conditions that are causing recurrent malnutrition crises in a region crippled by water shortages as a result of a prolonged drought.

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Topics: ECHO, Livelihoods, wash, Pakistan, drought, Desert

Ciara's story: My first day on the ground in Niger 

Ciara Hogan | 23 January 2018 | 1 Comment

Concern’s Programme Support Officer Ciara Hogan picks up where she left off last week and takes us through her very first day working on the ground in Niger.

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Topics: health, nutrition, Livelihoods, malnutrition, Niger, development, food, career

A solution to extreme poverty? Graduation programmes pave the way

Chris Pain | 21 November 2017 | 0 Comments

In our thought leadership series, Chris Pain, Concern’s Head of Technical Assistance, examines graduation programmes as a potential solution to extreme poverty and looks at where the model can go from here.

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Topics: poverty, Livelihoods, Graduation, thought leadership series, development

Your support is offering a lifeline to street dwellers in Bangladesh

Clare Ahern | 02 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to your generous support, Concern's homeless centres in Bangladesh are transforming lives and restoring hope and dignity to people living in extreme poverty. 

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Topics: bangladesh, pavement dwellers, Livelihoods, shelter

Improving livelihoods with a community forest in Afghanistan

Aoife O'Grady | 11 July 2017 | 2 Comments

In the third of our series of blogs from Afghanistan, a Concern staff member reports on his visit to the remote village of Kozur in the north east of the country. Here, he met 60-year-old Hakim* who worked with Concern to develop thriving a community forest filled with almond, apricot, pistachio and mulberry trees.

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Topics: Livelihoods, afghanistan

Seeds of change in Central African Republic

Maedhbh McDonald | 12 July 2016 | 0 Comments

In one of the world’s poorest countries, Concern is providing local communities with seeds to ensure a brighter future. Learn how Concern seed fairs are supporting the poorest households in Central African Republic.

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Topics: agriculture, Livelihoods, Central African Republic

Wonder plant revival: sisal production in Haiti

Maedhbh McDonald | 09 June 2016 | 0 Comments

In the heart of the tropical Caribbean lies the poorest country in the western hemisphere: Haiti. Reoccurring natural disasters, persistent drought and political instability have left the country in a state of extreme poverty.

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Topics: haiti, agriculture, Livelihoods

Communities powering progress in Liberia

Kieran McConville | 29 January 2016 | 0 Comments

Kieran McConville discovers how strong commitment from village communities in Liberia is powering projects to improve their health, well-being and prosperity.  

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Topics: liberia, health, Livelihoods

When is a potato not a potato?

Kieran McConville | 25 December 2015 | 0 Comments

Like most of us in Ireland, Kieran McConville thought he knew a thing or two about potatoes. But during a recent trip to Malawi he discovered that he’d been tricked by a delicious, nutritious potato impostor.

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Topics: agriculture, malawi, Livelihoods

Married in the wake of genocide, a couple finds peace in Rwanda

Crystal Wells | 10 February 2015 | 4 Comments

Mukankaka Seraphine and Ruilangwa Vianey have been married for almost 20 years. Their wedding was an attempt to start over after losing nearly all of their loved ones to genocide in Rwanda. This is the story of their remarkable relationship.

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Topics: agriculture, success story, Rwanda, Livelihoods

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