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GOAL has worked with crisis-affected and vulnerable communities in over 60 countries. GOAL’s aim is for people to achieve resilient well-being; helping them survive crisis but also build resilience to shocks and stresses, and achieve resilient health and economic, food and nutrition security. GOAL specializes in working in fragile contexts, integrating systems-thinking, social behavior change and resilience approaches to inform the design of its humanitarian programming e.g., in early crisis response, health systems strengthening, improving disaster preparedness, or finding lasting solutions to poverty and vulnerability. In all of its efforts, GOAL builds on its partnerships and aligns its approaches with the capacities inherent in national and local actors, communities and systems.

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Siobhan Walsh

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Washington, DC 20005 USA

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Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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People Survive Crises

In humanitarian response, we are an early responder enabling access to life-saving emergency relief, while partnering with protection experts to ensure we do no harm. GOAL is committed to expanding its institutional readiness to respond while also investing in an emergency network of partners to better respond to existing and future humanitarian crises.
Program Objectives:
• GOAL will deliver effective emergency responses.
• Build strategic partnerships for emergency preparedness, anticipation and response.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Internally displaced people
Refugees and displaced people
Victims of conflict and war
Victims of disaster
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

GOAL understands how we act and live as individuals and communities can impact vulnerable communities living in fragile and conflict-affected settings. We will actively work to build links between the voices and experiences of people in crisis and young people, communities and decision-makers in our home base in Ireland and internationally through public engagement, global citizenship education and influencing activities.
Program Objectives:
• Engage with young people in Ireland to take action to influence the global dimensions of humanitarian crises.
• Facilitate students and educators in schools to understand, influence and take action on the global dimensions of humanitarian crises through global citizenship.
• Influence leaders and duty-bearers to address international crises with local, national and international policies.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Pregnant people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

GOAL’s work to strengthen people’s food and nutrition security will be achieved through improved subsistence production, improved commercial production (linked to better market access and availability of nutritionally diverse foods for the community at large) and improved consumption of an adequate diet by all. In food and nutrition security, we work to ensure communities can access and consume nutritious food. We do this by supporting climate-smart, nutritionally rich food production in sustainable and equitable market systems, developing skills to stimulate incomes that support the consumption of adequate diets, and where required, by providing safety net nutrition programming for households in extreme vulnerability.
Program Objectives:
• Increase the food and nutrition security of vulnerable communities using market system strengthening and other approaches.
• Increase capacities of vulnerable communities to support their food and nutrition security.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Pregnant people
Economically disadvantaged people
Self-employed people

GOAL works on building resilient public and community health systems that not only respond to the needs of the communities they serve but also address the underlying causes of poor health outcomes. GOAL also prioritizes working with communities to explore social, cultural and institutional barriers using its systems approach. Each program is underpinned by inclusion and social and behavior change methodologies that encourage communities to work together to find solutions, and as a result, improve their resilience. In resilient health, we contribute to strengthening crisis-affected health systems through analysis, partnership and preparedness, emphasizing WASH, maternal and child health, including nutrition.
Program Objectives:
• Support health systems towards greater resilience at community/district levels.
• Reduce community-level vulnerability to health-related shocks and build the capacity of communities to take positive steps to improve their own health.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction - Member 2012

Interaction - Member 2022

CHS Alliance 2012

ALNAP 2015

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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To promote through our programs in several areas the escape from poverty and hunger, and to respond in dire humanitarian emergencies around the globe. Our program areas include healthcare, crisis recovery, community development, education, livelihoods development, food distribution, HIV and AIDS, integrated development and slum development programs, WASH/ watsan (water, sanitation and hygiene), children at risk, and nutrition.

Emergency Response, Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation

GOAL responds to emergencies as they arise, and seeks to meet the needs of victims insofar as our capacities will allow. An initial GOAL emergency response will normally include water, food and sanitation distributions, as well as the provision of emergency healthcare, emergency and transitional shelters and cash-for-work or emergency cash transfer programs. We also train communities on disaster-preparedness and risk reduction in many disaster-prone regions of the developing world.

Crisis Recovery

As the title suggests, crisis recovery is a GOAL intervention to help populations recover from an extreme emergency situation. The initial crisis may have been natural, such as the earthquake in Haiti, famine in Niger, or the south-east Asian tsunami, or a manmade disaster, as in the post-election violence in Nigeria or the civil conflict in Northern Uganda. Crisis recovery is by definition a process, and is intended to aid recovery and a (usually gradual) return to normality by the communities most affected. Each GOAL crisis recovery intervention must be specifically designed to cater to the particular, often multifarious, immediate, medium and long term needs of the victims.


GOAL health programs can include direct healthcare provision, and the building and equipping of health center and the training of local staff in their management.
We also operate emergency feeding, feeding for the vulnerable, and extensive inoculation program, and train local communities in health awareness and hygiene promotion.

Community Development

GOAL seeks to empower individuals and groups of people in many parts of the developing world by providing them with some of the skills they need to affect positive change in their communities. Within most communities there is enormous potential which, if assisted, encouraged and properly harnessed, can create significant long-term sustainable benefit for the entire locale.
GOAL helps identify common concerns, and can provide training and opportunities for the community to learn new skills with a view to addressing such concerns. Where appropriate, we will assist the community to build relationships with political representatives and other key people and organisations.
By enabling people to act together to common advantage, our community development program foster social inclusion, create equal opportunities, and enhance the lives of beneficiaries.


GOAL is a firm advocate of education as one of the few possible escape routes out of poverty in the developing world. Consequently, where it is feasible we implement extensive formal and non-formal education program.
The former can include the (re-) building and furnishing of schools, pre-school preparatory work with street and slum-dwelling children, and support for pupils through the provision of stationery, uniforms and school fees.

Our partners include: People In Aid , ALNAP, InsideNGO, CRED, The Inter-Agency Procurement Group, the Irish Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence, The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA), CORE Group, The Active School Flag (ASF), The Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF), USAID, OFDA and more.

GOAL has expanded our presence in the USA in 2015 specifically, while we coordinate with headquarters in Dublin.

Here are some milestones in GOAL's global history:

1977: GOAL began supporting mother and child healthcare programs in the villages of West Bengal.

1979. GOAL was one of the first Western agencies to enter Cambodia after genocide had claimed over 2 million lives, bringing essential medicines and food supplies to a traumatized population. In the same year, GOAL established operations in Uganda in the wake of the Karamoja famine, where over 20% of the population starved to death.

1984: Having been given early warning by Irish missionaries based in Ethiopia of an impending famine, GOAL already had medical teams in the country when a humanitarian crisis began that would eventually claim over one million lives, and directly threaten eight million more. GOALies went immediately to the worst affected areas of a human catastrophe of barely imaginable scale. GOAL medical teams worked 7 days a week for months on end on the frontline in extremely harrowing conditions, to keep thousands of starving adults and children alive. A massive vaccination program for vulnerable children was implemented and 20,000 families and innumerable children were fed daily.

1994: GOAL provided emergency aid and assistance after the Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were slaughtered. When 40,000 people died in a cholera epidemic in the refugee camps around Goma, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)) GOALies organised the burial of bodies. GOAL worked with Rwandan populations who were living in DRC and Tanzania

1997: In Bosnia-Herzegovina, GOAL repaired infrastructure in Gorazde town by completing water and sewage systems for refugee centers. GOAL also built 68 new apartments for displaced people and renovated a pharmaceutical distribution center and a sports hall.

2003: GOAL began implementing health and nutrition programmes in Darfur, Western Sudan, providing emergency support to hundreds of thousands of displaced people.

2009: GOAL emergency nutrition and health response programs in Ethiopia are expanded to meet growing food insecurity throughout the country. GOAL completed the construction of its 1,000th house for families who are affected by HIV and Aids in Uganda, and built 100 homes for vulnerable orphans, and built over 40 schools in Malawi. In India, 120,000 children benefited from the provision by GOAL of improved water and sanitation facilities in slum-area schools, a program that is continually being expanded to encompass other slum areas.

2010: GOAL responded to three major humanitarian crises - in Haiti, Pakistan, and Niger – and continued with our programs in 9 other developing countries. For example, in Uganda our house-building program for orphans and vulnerable people continued apace, while in Soutt Sudan, GOAL remains the sole provider of primary healthcare services to 350,000

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To hold ourselves accountable to the commitments we make and communicate to communities., To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Cultural barriers to giving feedback in some communities.



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Board of directors
as of 03/29/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Davis Fleming

Samscreen Inc.

Davis Fleming

Samscreen Inc.

Stephen Murphy

Murphy's Bar

Joseph A. Rinaldi

Stratum Fund Management

Fiona Gibbons

Lord Abbett

Conor O'Driscoll

Meldrum Asset Management LLC

Sean Reynolds

Lazard Asset Management LLC

Anna Ruane

Ronan Ryan

IEX Group

Deirdre O'Connor

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group

Jonathan Edgar

GOAL Global

Alan Glasgow

GOAL Global

Barry Andrews

GOAL Global

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No