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Why work with Christian Aid?

Christian Aid works to expose the scandal of poverty, to help in practical ways to root it out from the world and to challenge the systems that keep people poor and marginalised.

We deploy our resources where there is greatest need, regardless of race or religion, in 45 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our international programmes reach more than 7 million beneficiaries and we have more than 1 million active supporters in Ireland and Britain.

Experts in international development

We have been fighting poverty for more than 60 years and receive substantial funding from Irish Aid, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Church of Ireland, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland, and the Moravian Church. We engage regularly with these institutions on development and humanitarian issues.

A pioneer of Fairtrade

Christian Aid has been campaigning for Fairtrade since 1992. That’s when we helped set up the Fairtrade Foundation and began encouraging supermarkets to stock products that promise their growers a decent deal.

We are working with coffee cooperatives in Nicaragua to help them increase their production of Fairtrade coffee for national and European markets, including Bewley’s in Ireland, and we have helped farmers in Ghana to launch their own chocolate bar, Divine, in the UK.

Partnership approach

With over 500 partner organisations around the world, Christian Aid conducts all programme work, including emergency responses, through partners. Our distinct approach recognises that for needs to be met and change to be lasting, the development process must be locally owned and managed.

Global reach and influence

Our relationships with local NGOs, churches and secular groups enable us to reach and mobilise poor communities around the world, which are otherwise inaccessible. Our global reach is magnified by our membership of the ACT Alliance, a partnership of more than 100 ecumenical agencies, operating in 140 countries.

Brokering relationships

We are able to build innovative, effective relationships between private, public and community-based actors and broad-based movements for change that few other NGOs can match. This enables us to maximise the return on investment and sustainability of our work with partners.

Accountability and transparency

With no top-heavy international operational infrastructure or staffing, we have no large overheads or costs, allowing us to spend more on programmes. We are committed to transparency and  ccountability, receiving a top score in the One World Trust 2007 Global Accountability Report, and in 2009 we gained Humanitarian Accountability Partnership certification.

Innovative and sustainable solutions

We specialise in working with those most at risk to reduce the impact of future disasters and conflict and the demand for humanitarian aid. This helps to break the cycle of poverty and ensures lasting value for money. We are also leading innovative approaches to development based on sustainable enterprise models.

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