Children wait to receive food rations in Sana’a, Yemen. War-torn Yemen is one of six countries identified in a new report as having ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. Photograph: Yahya Arhab/ EPA

Hunger is a persistent threat to the lives of almost 70 million forcibly displaced people across the globe – the highest number since records began, a(...)

  Former US president Bill Clinton and Irish businessman Denis O’Brien shake hands at the Concern Worldwide 50 years Tackling Extreme Poverty Conference in Dublin Castle on Friday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

In 1968, John O’Loughlin Kennedy, his wife and a legion of like-minded volunteers launched an appeal to help hungry Biafrans in west Africa who were s(...)

Vice-chair Maureen O’Sullivan TD and  chairman Brendan Smith TD during a report launch  of the Irish Aid Programme by the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Defence at Leinster House, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Legislation which would bind future governments into meeting Ireland’s foreign aid commitments should be introduced with all-party agreement, a member(...)

Displaced people wait for rations in Bria, Central African Republic. About half the country’s 4.6 million citizens are undernourished. Photograph: Cassandra Vinograd/Washington Post/Getty Images

The number of hungry people in the world “remains unacceptably high” with millions still experiencing chronic hunger and many places suffering from ac(...)

The remains of Concern co-founder Fr Jack Finucane are carried out by  Joe Sweeney and Jack Finnucane jnr and others at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The late Fr Jack Finucane helped save and improve the lives of millions of people, said Concern chief executive Dominic MacSorley. “He brought order t(...)

 A boy eats  at his home in Ngop in South Sudan’s Unity State: Famine was declared in parts of South Sudan on February 29th. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty

On February 29th we woke to a headline that should have never come about: famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, the first to be announced anywh(...)

Syrian women attend a wool-weaving class, organised by Nesaa al-Ghouta (Women of Ghouta), in the rebel-held Douma district of Damascus. Concern says the war’s impact on civilians  has been “catastrophic”. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Less than 25 per cent of the money required for international efforts to protect civilians in Syria has been made available over the past two years, t(...)

A homeless person sheltering at the GPO in Dublin. In 2014, staff costs at the four main Dublin homeless agencies absorbed all funds allocated to them by the State. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The charities sector in Ireland is a pretty crowded space. There is also lots of duplication, which means it is quite territorial. It can make for i(...)

“The core message is: aid works.”Concern  chief executive Dominic MacSorley in Juba, South Sudan. Photograph: Concern Worldwide US

The past few years have been trying for aid agencies. Global progress in reducing extreme hunger has coincided with a spike in large-scale armed confl(...)

UN special envoy for climate change Mary Robinson will meet representatives of the Ethiopian government and visit areas affected by El Niño. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former president Mary Robinson will travel to Ethiopia with Ireland’s largest aid agencies this week to witness the international response to the coun(...)

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