PPA strategic funding legacy report

Value of UK aid strategic funding (PPA)

In 2011, Christian Aid was awarded funding for humanitarian and development work under DFID’s Programme Partnership Arrangement (PPA) - a funding mechanism that ran from 2011 to 2016. 

The total five-year PPA funding was worth £36.2 million. £29.9 million was allocated to our ongoing development work and £6.3 million to humanitarian work for conflict affected and fragile states. An additional £5 million was allocated from April-December 2016 to consolidate our work across our development and humanitarian work.

DFID scored our PPA programme an A+, evidence of the good work achieved over the funding period.

This funding enabled us to:

  • Improve our programmes to respond to communities’ needs and capacities through more adaptive and integrated programming. Partners and staff talk about the impact of the work in this film
  • Help communities to be more resilient and better able to respond to disasters and opportunities, as well as improve their health status through our health work.
  • Innovate and develop new tools and methodologies to measure our impact.
  • Strengthen our organisational systems, including how we monitor and evaluate our work, the development and roll out of a gender strategy, and a greater focus on inclusion ensuring that we ‘leave no one behind’.
  • Leverage more than £26m of additional institutional funding, allowing us to scale up our work.
  • Promote internal and sector-wide learning to inform global policy and practice around resilience, accountability, inclusion and climate change. 

Key statistics

During the five-year PPA funding from DFID, we received £36.2m, reached 8.4 million people, worked with 172 partners, to deliver 26 programmes on health, livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, resilience, climate change, inclusive markets and humanitarian response, in 22 countries and one region.

In-depth project information

Visit Helicopter - our prototype interactive open data platform - to access detailed PPA programme information by location and topic. It provides access to programme data taken directly from Christian Aid’s internal programme management and finance systems. 

Christian Aid's added value
Value for money
Value for money
Offering value for money - economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity - is central to our approach.
Programme quality
Programme quality
We constantly use learning and evidence to improve our programmes, develop frameworks and inform sector-wide debates.
Scalability and leverage
Scalability and leverage
We secure funding and support from institutions, governments, organisations and donors to scale-up and replicate our work.
Working in partnership
We work with national- and community-level partners and help develop their technical and organisational capacity.
Evidence and learning
Evidence and learning
We test innovative approaches and develop new tools and methodologies to increase impact by promoting learning.
Accountability and transparency
Accountability and transparency
We share information, encourage participation in decision-making and actively seek feedback.

Examples of our impact

Women's empowerment in Bangladesh
Community adaptation and women's empowerment
We worked with 11 partners in districts highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters in Bangladesh, to reach 24,459 women.
Faith leaders in Burundi
Promoting behaviour change through faith leaders
Faith leaders can be hugely influential in challenging HIV stigma and gender-based violence. Our programme in Burundi reached over 37,643 people.
Health services in Africa
Holding governments to account
In Nigeria, Malawi and Kenya we empowered communities to hold their governments to account and improve their health services.
Climate change and resilience
Climate change and resilience
Working with local communities our partner developed a climate model to help farmers make better decisions, reduce their losses and diversify their crops.
Managing risk in the West Bank
Managing risk and building resilience
We've been building resilience in 18 communities, including climate-resilient crops, rights training and protection committees.
Opening pigeon pea markets
Working with the private sector
We supported an organisation of 5,000 producers and built links between farmers and the private sector and market experts.


Christian Aid conducted this learning review to understand how Participatory, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PVCAs) have helped communities pull funding, resources and services from the state, private sector, donors and NGOs in the context of th
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