Partner: Concern Universal
Concern Universal is a development and emergency relief organisation that was established in 1976. Concern Universal (CU) responds to the needs expressed by local communities and follows the partnership principle in all spheres of its work. This principle is defined as working with (rather than through) local organizations to jointly enhance people’s lives.Concern Universal has worked in Bangladesh for more than 15 years and has partnered Dhaka Ahsania Mission for all of this time.
The focus of Concern Universal’s work in Bangladesh is shaped by strategic planning consultations with local partner organisations and other stakeholders, to address the biggest needs by targeting actions having the greatest and most cost-effective impacts. DRR is one of the key programming priority sectors of Concern Universal to development and strengthening of institutions, mechanisms and capacities at all levels, in particular at the community level, which can systematically contribute to building resilience to hazards. Concern Universal has channeled €8.8million towards 31 disaster risk reduction (DRR) projects in Africa and Asia over the past three years. These projects have been funded by Concern Universal’s own resources and with funds from AusAid, Cordaid, DIPECHO, ECHO, Irish Aid, Oxfam America, UMCOR, and USAID/OFDA. All of these projects have had a major impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people in countries that struggle to cope with sudden on-set and long term disasters.