Humanitarian Accountability Partnership certification awarded to Concern Worldwide

June 30th, 2010

The international Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) has certified Concern Worldwide, the aid and development agency, in recognition of the agency’s adherence to and application of the highest international standards in all of its work.

Concern is one of just 8 International Non-Governmental Organizations to receive such certification.

Concern specifically applies the HAP standards to both its emergency and development work. This provides independent certification to disaster survivors, staff, volunteers, hosting authorities and donors that Concern will deliver the best humanitarian service possible in each situation and that the organization and its partners are answerable to the beneficiaries of their work.

The certification from the Geneva-based organization came as a result of an extensive, independent audit and verification of high standards in transparency and excellence in management.

The HAP Standard in Humanitarian Accountability and Quality Management certificate is valid until 2013, at which time Concern will re-apply to the body for re-certification.

Paul O’Brien, Concern’s Overseas Director, said, “the certification reflects recognition of a commitment to excellence throughout the organization. In a time when the principle of being open and transparent is given utmost importance, I am delighted we can highlight our ongoing commitment to improving and strengthening our accountability towards all stakeholders of Concern.”

The HAP report stated, “the auditors were extremely impressed with the dedication and experience of the staff and recommend that Concern Worldwide has achieved a sufficient level of compliance against the HAP Standard.” Concern draws on a number of international codes and standards to influence and shape its work. See codes and practices.

Concern works in 28 of the world’s poorest countries, including 17 sub-Saharan African nations, and reaches some 25 million people. The organization’s goal is the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty and the reduction of suffering. The organization’s programs focus on emergency relief and long-term development work in the areas of health, HIV and AIDS, livelihoods and education.

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