This year’s Charity of the Year is an Irish organisation that is just over half a century old. Although its values and ethos are deep rooted in Ireland, it has become famous in many parts of the world for its humanitarian work. Its mission commits it not just to responding to emergencies, but also to sustainable long-term development in the countries in which it operates. Despite the immense daily pressures on its work this is an organisation that has always operated to the highest standards of integrity and transparency.
They don’t regard good governance as best practice, but as basic practice. Its operations have reflected extremely well on Ireland. But over and above all that, its impact on the people and communities in the world in which it works has been profound and long-lasting.