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What is MAPS?

Children playing at dusk in Angola

Children playing at dusk in Angola

The role of harbour master in the Pujehun district of Sulima in southern Sierra Leone used to be appointed by the local authorities. But now the position, which involves control over community-owned resources such as fishing stocks and taxes levied on fishing vessels, is elected by the local people, and 30% of all tax revenues are reinvested in the community to support development projects.

This change has come about with the help of a coalition of Sierra Leonean NGOs called Partners in Conflict Transformation (PICOT) who organised training sessions on civil and political rights and encouraged local people to lobby the local council over the issue.

Funding from Irish Aid's Multi-annual Programme Scheme (MAPS) helped to support the project. It is just one aspect of Christian Aid's international work that has received money from the Irish government’s overseas development department. 

Focus of MAPS

Irish AidThe focus of MAPS funding for Christian Aid is our work in seven conflict or post-conflict zones of the world: Sierra Leone, Angola, Burundi, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Colombia as well as Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

In these countries and territories, MAPS supports around 50 partner organisations working on seven Christian Aid programmes.

These programmes are aimed at tackling issues surrounding accountable governance, secure livelihoods and HIV/AIDS as well as other issues such as gender and adapting to climate change. 

Where does the money go?

The establishment of elections for a harbour master in Sulima in Sierra Leone is just one example of our work under the MAPS programme; there are many others.

In Rwanda in 2008, we ran a series of workshops to promote our approach to tackling HIV and AIDS, which received extensive media coverage nationally. The workshops were conducted by Christian Aid’s HIV ambassador, the Ugandan priest Canon Gideon Byamugisha, who recently won the prestigious Niwano Peace Prize for his work on the issue. 

In neighbouring Burundi, we have helped the Batwa people develop good farming techniques such as contour farming on the hills that help to protect the environment, while in Angola our partners Radio Ecclesia and Omunga were active in voter education in the run-up to the national elections in August 2008.   

In Colombia, one of our partners is assisting families displaced by conflict to grow their own food and earn a living from agriculture, while in Gaza another partner, the Women’s Affairs Centre, is helping women to start their own businesses. 

Back in Sierra Leone, we are working with rural communities recovering from years of civil war, standing up for the right of rural children to a good education and defending people whose rights have been violated

Read more about our overseas work carried out with MAPS support



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