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Accountability and transparency

Christian Aid Ireland is committed to being accountable to our supporters and funders about how financial donations to our work are used and to ensuring that this generous support is being applied effectively to help people overcome poverty.

Accountability it is a core organisational value of Christian Aid Ireland, which governs our behaviour, the way we approach partnership, and how we go about implementing our work.

We are accountable to the poor and marginalised communities whom we exist to serve, our partner organisations, with which we work, our donors and supporters, our sponsoring churches and charity regulators.

We strive to continually strengthen our accountability and how we share information, so please do contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do your donations go?
 

  • 69% goes to long-term development work
  • 15% goes to humanitarian assistance
  • 8% goes to advocacy, campaigning and education
  • 8% goes to raising funds

For every €1 spent on fundraising, we receive €5.25 (approx. 1:5 ratio).

Read our latest annual accounts:


Where do your funds come from?

Christian Aid Ireland is grateful to receive support from members of the public, our sponsoring churches and official funding bodies. We are committed to putting these funds to the best use to tackle poverty and injustice in some of the world’s poorest places.

Christian Aid Ireland raised £7,837,000 / €9,572,000 in 2016/17.

The sources of income were:

  • Emergency Income: 3%
  • Church and denominational income: 7%
  • Christian Aid Week: 8%
  • Government and other official sources: 58%
  • Other income: 24%

Other income includes regular gifts (5%); general donations (16%); legacies (2%), trading activities investments and other (1%)

We are supported by Irish Aid, the official overseas development programme of the Irish government, through their Programme Grant funding, Humanitarian Programme Plan and Emergency Funds Response Scheme, with total Irish Aid income amounting to £4,491,000 in 2016/17.

Church and denominational income amounts to 7% of income. Christian Aid Week, which is our biggest annual fundraising appeal raised £611,000 in 2016.



How many people work in Christian Aid Ireland?

Christian Aid Ireland employs 43 staff (32 in UK and Ireland and 11 in country programmes).


Where does Christian Aid Ireland work?

Christian Aid works globally in 37 countries in partnership with secular and faith-based partner organisations.

Christian Aid Ireland has a special focus on 24 core countries, where we concentrate our efforts and resources to best effect.

Our focus countries are:

  • Africa: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Mali, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Zimbabwe
  • Asia, Middle East: India, Iraq/Syria/Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory (IoPt), Myanmar, Pakistan
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: Colombia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua


What work do you do?

Our four core overseas programmes are:

1. Participation, Accountable Governance and Human Rights

In 2016/17 our Participation, Accountable Governance and Human Rights programme benefitted 844,711 women and men directly. Many more people have also benefitted indirectly, as the laws and governance structures that have kept people poor have been challenged and changed.

2. From Violence to Peace

In 2016/17 our From Violence to Peace programme benefited 39,838 women and men. Many more people have benefited indirectly, as impunity and violence has been challenged and more peaceful state and society responses have been achieved.

3. Humanitarian Response

In 2016/17 our Humanitarian programme benefited 209,473 women and men, with funding from Irish Aid. Christian Aid Ireland funds also contributed to 10 emergency appeals launched by Christian Aid’s global humanitarian response team to respond to humanitarian crises in ten countries in 2016.

4. Empowering Women and Promoting Gender Equality

Our gender work is integrated across all programmes and ensured that women have been able to benefit equally, wherever possible, from interventions in our Humanitarian, From Violence to Peace and Participation, Accountable Governance and Human Rights programmes.


How many people does Christian Aid Ireland reach through its programmes?

Christian Aid Ireland reached over 1 million people in 2016/17 through its programmes.

Our Donors' Charter

Christian Aid Ireland is committed to treating all our supporters with respect, honesty and openness.

Please read our Donors’ Charter, which outlines our commitment to you. 

If you have any questions about our work or your donation, please call our Belfast office on 028 9064 8133 or email belfast@christian-aid.org or call our Dublin office on 01 496 7040 or email dublin@christian-aid.org.

Legislation & Standards of Good Practice

  • We comply with applicable law and the United Kingdom accounting standards (United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Practice). Those standards require us to comply with the Auditing Practices' Board’s Ethical Standards for Auditors.
  • We are externally audited. 
  • We comply with the Dóchas Code on Governance.
  • We comply with the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages.
  • We comply with SORP/FRS 102 statement of recommended practice in our accounting and reporting. 
  • We comply with Charities Commission NI/Companies House requirements (NI) and Charities Regulatory Authority /Companies Registration Office requirements (ROI).

Codes of practice and policies

We participate in industry initiatives to improve how we meet our stakeholders’ information needs. We have committed to two standards that we believe enable us to best provide information to different stakeholder groups – International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS).

International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI)

This initiative aims to make information about aid spending easier to understand, access and use. More than 400 organisations worldwide publish their data to this initiative. We currently only share information on programmes funded by the Department for International Development but we are planning to increase the amount of data available through IATI to reflect the data that will be made available through a new tool that is currently under development. Read more

Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) and Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)

We joined the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) in 2006 and have been regularly audited to ensure that we have kept the standards. In 2015 HAP merged with People in Aid and evolved to become the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).

The CHS sets out nine commitments, including access to information, which seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of humanitarian response provided by organisations such as Christian Aid. While these standards were designed with a specific focus on humanitarian response, we are adapting them to develop a set of accountability principles that work across the whole organisation. Read more

Our Safeguarding Policy

Christian Aid is committed to protecting the dignity and rights of every person, and works with those that are committed to supporting poor and marginalised communities to eradicate poverty and promote basic rights and justice. This includes the rights of the children and adults.

The guiding principle of our Safeguarding Policy is that Christian Aid believes that it is always unacceptable for children, young people, or adults to experience any kind of abuse.

Read our Safeguarding Policy

Read our Safeguarding statement (February 2018)

Our carbon footprint

Christian Aid is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Read about the systems we have put in place to achieve this

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