The international development charity Concern Universal today (3 November) announced their rebirth as United Purpose following a merger with Olympics-linked sport-for-development charity International Inspiration. The move is part of United Purpose’s new strategy to challenge the international development sector to do more, better - and ultimately end the need for organisations like themselves to exist. Part of this approach is to merge with other charities or build new forms of partnership to increase collective impact, improve efficiencies in the sector and modernise the structures of UK-based development charities to be fit for the future.
United Purpose’s portfolio of programmes already includes CUMO, a highly successful Malawi-based micro-finance organisation, Village Aid, a UK based fundraising charity and CarbonUP, a not-for-profit enterprise delivering the profits of selling gold standard carbon offset credits back to the communities that generated them. It is set to reveal further innovative initiatives over the coming year.