PIN UK is a centre of technical expertise in international development, partnering with UK universities, public and private organisations and PIN’s long-established international Country Programmes, to investigate development challenges, co-create new solutions and advise governments. 

PIN UK draws on the decades of PIN’s overseas experience and engages with civil society in the UK, bringing the world’s largest Human Rights Film Festival, One World, to the UK.

We have three core areas of work

All of our work is defined by at least one of these four goals

  • Save lives and protect dignity: To save lives, mitigate suffering and maintain dignity of people affected by natural disasters and conflicts.
  • Empower people: To support people’s abilities and efforts to improve their lives and their communities, in accordance with the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Ensure equal opportunities: To fight against the root causes of inequality of injustice.
  • Support sustainable living: To promote development that is not at the expense of future generations, and does not result in further inequalities

Our Work


Every child deserves the opportunity to grow into a healthy adult and lead a productive life. Undernutrition leads to impaired cognitive development and increased vulnerability to disease, causing children not perform to their potential at school and earn less money in adulthood. PIN believes that resilience can be built and nutrition insecurity tackled by implementing multisectoral programmes to address the key causes and effects of malnutrition and enhance people’s capacities to better manage risk and vulnerability to shocks and stresses. PIN strengthens the market and governance systems to improve access to nutritious food, support healthy maternal and childcare practices, create disease-free environments and empowers both men and women to take action.

Sustainable Livelihoods & Environment

More than three quarters of people living in extreme poverty are in rural areas and nearly two thirds earn a living from agriculture. These people often face key challenges including low agricultural productivity, lack of access to markets and employment opportunities, gender disparities and environmental problems, such as soil degradation and climate change. To overcome these challenges, PIN adopts a systems approach that involves working in partnership with communities, civil society, governments and businesses to drive inclusive change. This includes, for example, improving long-term access to the skills, products and services that can increase the income, nutritional security and resilience of farming communities, while reducing the adverse impacts of agricultural production on the environment.

Good Governance

In countries undergoing political, social and economic transition, governments can lack transparency in their decision-making and, as a result, be plagued by corruption and fail to provide their citizens with access to basic services. To support a more open democratic process, PIN focuses on engaging citizens in local decision-making and encourages effective cooperation among civil society, governments and communities. PIN builds the capacity of both civil society organisations and local authorities while empowering citizens to voice their needs, advocate for local issues and influence policy-making processes.

Social Inclusion & Protection

Virtually everywhere, there are individuals and groups who face barriers preventing them from fully participating socially, economically or politically. Women and girls belong to the largest groups who are discriminated against and often socially excluded. Conflicts and disasters make millions of people extremely vulnerable, leaving them without protection and the means to cope. PIN believes in ensuring that vulnerable people and groups are not marginalised and socially excluded. To this end, PIN builds the capacity of governments and civil society to help them develop sustainable social protection systems and services, and empowers marginalised people so that they may have equal say and opportunities. During times of crisis, PIN strives to protect vulnerable groups who may be placed at greater risk.

Education & Skills

Not every child can attend school despite their indisputable right to education. In many countries, school attendance is denied to children due to armed conflict, poverty, humanitarian disasters or simply due to gender-related, ethnic or medical discrimination. PIN strives to tackle these challenges and provide quality and inclusive education to all children. Through vocational education and training in entrepreneurship and other skills, PIN supports young people to establish businesses, find jobs and act as agents of change to build a more transparent and accountable society.


PIN UK works in partnership with the private sector and PIN teams based in countries around the world to enable the socio-economic empowerment of women and improve livelihoods of the most vulnerable.

PIN’s global experiences are documented in the following Good Practice Guides:

▪ Enabling Poor People’s Access to Products and Services

Improving Small Producers’ Access to Profitable Markets

Improving Employment Opportunities Through Market-Driven Vocational Education and Training

▪ Increasing Poor People’s Demand for Essential Products and Services


PIN UK is planning to bring One World to the UK and is exploring opportunities with partnering UK Universities. Please contact, if you are interested to get involved.


Please do get in touch!

If you would like to hear more about our work or are interested in partnering, please contact


49-51 East Road
London, N1 6AH


PIN UK is governed and regulated by our Trustees. The activities of PIN UK are carried out in association with People in Need, a non-profit organization registered in Czech Republic as a charity and is the sole member of PIN UK. All our trustees are drawn from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of experience and skills to board deliberations. There are clear distinctions between the role of the board and the management of PIN UK to which day to day management is delegated. The board meets at least twice a year. The members of the board cannot, under the governance regulations of charity, receive remuneration for services to PIN UK.


PIN UK is a registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales (reg. 1181344). Registered address is 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH.

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