We have more than 70 years' experience of working in partnership to address the root causes of poverty through integrated development and humanitarian programming, policy and advocacy work.
What we deliver
We deliver results in 39 countries through civil society, government and private sector partnerships.
We combine innovation and specialist skills in:
- humanitarian relief and rehabilitation
- open and accountable government
- resilient livelihoods and inclusive markets
- climate change adaptation and resilience
- conflict, peace and reconciliation
- access to health and other essential services.
Our programmes prioritise gender issues, and address the social and cultural drivers affecting women and girls. We have proven skills in partnership management, participation and accountability, grant and fund management, leading consortiums and working through networks.
Our partnership approach
We believe that local people in poor countries are the real experts on poverty. We therefore support more than 700 partners – local organisations that are best placed to understand the causes of poverty and how to fight it.
Through our partners, we respond where the need is greatest, are present before, during and after emergencies, press governments and others for change, and make a long-term commitment to the communities with whom we work.
We are a founding member of the ACT Alliance, the global ecumenical network operating across more than 130 countries, mobilising more than $1bn a year.
We are active members of 30 networks promoting excellence in the delivery of humanitarian and development programmes, including the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), BOND, Dochas, Sphere, CONCORD and VOICE.
Our team and expertise
We employ more than 900 staff in 30 offices worldwide, including in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and South and Southeast Asia.
Our committed teams enable us to manage varying sizes and types of programmes. Our current portfolio includes £130m of donor funding. We have proven experience in delivering programmes as grantees and consultants, and are developing expertise in impact investing, blended finance and investment models. We prioritise learning and offer value-for-money programming.
We have strong systems for administering donor funds, so they are used efficiently and for the intended purpose, with clear oversight and transparency. Our partners undergo due diligence to ensure their processes are effective and identify any areas where additional capacity support or monitoring may be required.