Christian Aid’s programme practice papers set out our approach to putting Partnership for Change into practice in our development and humanitarian programmes.
In addition to briefing papers about key areas of our programme work, partners, donors, academics, the media and other non-governmental organisations can also find case studies here that highlight important lessons from our use of these approaches.
Power and governance
Just power relations is about changing the power structures and dynamics that keep people in poverty.
This series provides an introduction to the topic of power analysis and tools to help us understand how power is created, sustained or resisted so we can understand what structures need to change and how we can do it.
Power Analysis - Introduction
Tool 1: Body Mapping
Tool 2: Power Mapping
Tool 3 Power Matrix – tbc
Christian Aid and pro-poor market development
Enriching the Lives of marginalised producers: Inclusive Market Development
The case studies featured in this report highlight examples of how Christian Aid is promoting new approaches and models of economic development that put poor producers at centre stage of the market.
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Filling the Gaps
A social return on investment study on the impacts of our Filling the Gaps health programme in Kenya.
Download Filling the Gaps: A social return on investment analysis (PDF, 1.4mb)
Power to change institutions
Monitoring government policies
A toolkit for civil society organisations in Africa
Monitoring government policies (PDF, 1.6mb, opens in new window)
Community-led policy monitoring for disaster risk reduction
Implementing the Hyogo Framework for Action at Local Level
Community-led policy monitoring (PDF, 2.5mb)
The right to essential services
Christian Aid's policy on family planning
This document outlines our position on family planning.
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Community health: Christian Aid’s approach
One of Christian Aid's strategic objectives is to ‘increase access to those services essential to ensuring healthy lives, coping with emergencies and creating resilient livelihoods’.
This framework focuses on the right to health services and Christian Aid’s community health approach.
Community health: Christian Aid's approach (PDF, 0.1mb)
HIV SAVE leaflet
Christian Aid's holistic approach to HIV treatment and prevention, which identifies the need for:
HIV SAVE leaflet (PDF, 1.1mb)
Fair shares in a constrained world
Thriving, Resilient Livelihoods: Christian Aid’s Approach
Christian Aid wants to enable poor people to move beyond survival and subsistence, to enjoy thriving and dignified lives through building a resilient livelihood. This document aims to introduce Christian Aid staff and its partners to this approach.
English version (PDF, 1.6mb)
French version (PDF, 1.2mb)
Spanish version (PDF, 1.2mb)
Christian Aid good practice guide: participatory vulnerability and capacity assessments
A Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (PVCA) empowers poor people to analyse their problems and suggest their own solutions.
This document outlines how to conduct a PVCA and the challenges that have arised from previous assessments.
Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments (PDF, 0.7mb)
Christian Aid and Pro-Poor Market Development
Christian Aid believes that by pursuing more market-oriented approaches we can create opportunities run by poor people to grow in scale, profitability and strength to survive when faced with economic or environmental stress.
This document defines the Pro-Poor Market Development (PPMD) approach and its ability to put economic power into the hands of the poor.
Christian Aid and Pro-Poor Market Development (PDF, 1.3mb)
A short two-page briefing with case studies summing up Christian Aid’s approach to pro-poor market development.
Market based development: enabling poor producers and consumers to thrive (PDF, 0.6mb)
Pro-Poor Market Development: case studies
This document outlines Christian Aid PPMD case studies
Pro-Poor Market Development: case studies (PDF, 1.1mb)
Climate Change Adaptation Toolkits
Framework and approach (PDF, 0.9mb)
Developing a Climate Change Analysis (PDF, 0.9mb)
Developing a programme strategy and plan of action (PDF, 0.9mb)
Renewable energy to eradicate poverty (PDF, 2mb)
Improving impact: do accountability measures improve results?
This research report demonstrates how greater accountability between aid agencies and those they serve drives greater efficiency and delivers better results.
Improving impact: do accountability measures improve results? (PDF, 2.7mb)
How Christian Aid assesses value for money in its programmes
This paper discusses Christian Aid's aim to work on programmes that are value for money (VfM): achieving the best results with the money and resources available.
How Christian Aid assesses value for money in programmes (PDF, 0.2mb)
This document uses Christian Aid's existing programmes as value for money examples.
Value for money in practice case study (PDF, 0.6mb)