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?
To find out about our activities read our latest annual accounts:
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2021-2022
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2020-2021
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2019-2020
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2018-2019
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2017-2018
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2016-2017
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2015-2016
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2014-2015
- Christian Aid Ireland Combined Accounts 2013-2014
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 €9,987,038 in 2020-2021.
The sources of income were:
- Emergency Income: 2%
- Church and denominational income: 5%
- Christian Aid Week: 3%
- Government and institutional: 67%
- Other income: 23%
Other income includes regular gifts, general donations and legacies.
We are supported by Irish Aid, the official overseas development programme of the Irish government. Funding received was as follows for 2020/21: Programme Grant funding (€3,323,000), Humanitarian Programme Plan (€1,806,000) and Emergency Funds Response Scheme €444,000).
Church and denominational income amounted to 5% of income. Christian Aid Week, which is our biggest annual fundraising appeal raised €312,000 in 2020.
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 22 core countries, where we concentrate our efforts and resources to best effect.
Our focus countries are:
- Africa: Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria.
- Asia, Middle East: India, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Myanmar.
- Latin America and the Caribbean: Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua.
How many people do you reach?
Our four core overseas programmes are:
1. Participation, Accountable Governance and Human Rights
In 2017/18 our Participation, Accountable Governance and Human Rights programme benefitted 126,000 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 114,000 women and men directly. 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 136,000 women and men directly, with funding from Irish Aid. Christian Aid Ireland funds also contributed to emergency appeals launched by Christian Aid’s global humanitarian response team to respond to humanitarian crises in 2017/18.
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. We reached 37,000 people directly under this programme.
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 email@example.com or call our Dublin office on 01 496 7040 or email firstname.lastname@example.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 are members of the Charities Institute Ireland and have adopted the Guidelines for Charitable Organisations Fundraising From the Public
- We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator UK and have adopted their Codes of Fundraising Practice
- 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).
- We comply with the Modern Slavery Act.
Codes of practice and policies
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 statement (February 2018)
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