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Annual Review 2017/18

See a snapshot of our work, including our income and expenditure, in 2017/18.

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Our aims

We want to achieve:

  • power for people to withstand disasters, to seize opportunities, to live with dignity and to thrive.

  • power for people to get a fair and sustainable share of the world’s resources.

  • power for people to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives, and to play a full part in society and the economy.

We cannot change the world alone. But when people come together with shared energy and inspiration, they can accomplish amazing things.

So it is by growing and deepening our partnerships that we have the best chance of achieving our ultimate goal: an end to poverty.

Our values

To me, Christian Aid represents much of the good in humanity. We are a family of staff, volunteers, supporters, partners and churches, standing together with communities across the world.

- Amanda Khozi Mukwashi – Chief Executive.

We are a faith-based organisation whose work is inspired by five values. Click below to see more. 

Where we work

Christian Aid works in 37 countries around the world. We also have offices in the UK, Ireland and Spain. Click below to see more. 

Our achievements

Here are some examples of how we met our strategic objectives. For a more detailed account, please see the full Annual Report.

Fair shares in a constrained world

We want women and men living in poverty to be able to move beyond subsistence and better manage the risks to their resources and livelihoods.

In Malawi, we reached more than 177,000 vulnerable households, helping communities to set up warning systems for disasters, and training farmers in resilience and sustainability.

Thanks to a four-year programme in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, hundreds of thousands of people get the reliable weather information they need to cope with irregular rainfall and other impacts of climate change.

The longer timeframe of these projects made them more efficient and helped to build confidence.

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Our six-year resilience project in Malawi returned between £2 and £3 of benefits for every £1 invested

From silk-weaving in Afghanistan to bee-keeping in Kenya, our inclusive markets projects help poor and excluded people to develop skills and secure a fairer share of income from the local economy. For further details, see the Fair shares in a constrained world section of our report.

Drawing water for the 'health garden', Burkina Faso

Tomatoes, sweet potatoes and onions from 'health gardens' provide nutritious food in Burkina Faso’s dry season. BRACED has dug 64 wells and given plots of land to over 2,000 households.

From violence to peace

In 18 programmes across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, we help to protect those most at risk of violence.

We aim to challenge the causes of violence, and transform conflict justly and peacefully. For example, in Colombia our partners had strongly advocated that women and human rights defenders should have key positions in the new transitional justice system. Women have been elected to senior positions in post-conflict peace structures, and the courts have advanced the interests of women affected by conflict violence.

Find out more in the From violence to peace section of our report.

poetry teacher Jorge Alberto Ramirez helps young women to break away from gang culture

El Salvador - Supported by our partner FESPAD, poetry teacher Jorge Alberto Ramirez helps young women with a background in gang culture to express themselves and come to terms with their experiences.

Accuracy in data and reporting

Our evidence is carefully gathered from our own internal data systems, monitoring and evaluation reports, annual reports from countries in which we work, partner reports and external evaluations. Throughout the report, we have noted where figures are estimates, as well as where they record multi-year progress or simply reflect 2017/18. Some figures have been rounded, and we have striven to avoid double counting.

Right to essential services

Improving health services for girls and women is a key aspect of our work.

In Kenya and Malawi, we successfully concluded a project backed by £3m funding from the UK Government:  as a result, 40,000 vulnerable pregnant women have had access to life-saving healthcare.

In Sierra Leone, we continued to strengthen community resilience following the Ebola outbreak. This has led to better coordination of health service delivery, and built stronger relationships between health workers and the community.

Find out more in the Right to essential services section of our report.

Health workers in north-central Nigeria can now provide life-saving interventions to 130,000 children under five.
Mothers group meets in Narok West, Kenya

Mother to Mother groups meet in Narok West, Kenya, to champion the use of healthcare facilities

Equality for all

We want to change social and political environments to promote equal gender relations.

We also seek to challenge the factors that reinforce exclusion on the grounds of identity. For example, in India, our partners helped 1,500 households to assert their land rights – part of a wider fight to raise awareness about threats to indigenous communities.

In Gaza, where civil society space continues to shrink, our local partner supported 670 women to secure legal aid. 

And at the UN, we advocated for progressive tax policies to fund women’s human rights.

Find out more in the Equality for all section of our report.

Dancing at a meeting for indigenous rights in Brazil

Dancing at a workshop in Para, northern Brazil. Our partner CPI helps indigenous and marginalised groups to understand risks from mining and dam projects, and to assert their legal and cultural rights.

Power to change institutions

We ask institutions to base their decisions on long-term thinking and environmental and social sustainability.

Our work helped to persuade the World Bank not to fund upstream oil and gas projects, while over 25,000 people emailed the UK’s top four high-street banks to pull out of fossil fuels, as part of our  Big Shift campaign.

We also make people aware of their right to access services, and to be involved in decisions that affect them. The SABI project in Sierra Leone has led to additional health and education staff, renovated schools and clinics, and the introduction of school feeding programmes.

Find out more in the Power to change institutions section of our report.

Our project engaged 44,000 as change agents for better service provision in their communities.
The Big Shift is a campaign for the UK's high-street banks to stop investing in fossil fuels

The UK Big Shift campaign calls on the four biggest high-street banks to move their investments from dirty fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

Our humanitarian work

We believe that local organisations understand their communities’ needs better than outsiders.

As far as possible, we should let affected populations lead the design and implementation of their crisis response.

humanitarian projects in 26 countries, reaching an estimated 1 million people

As the civil war in Syria worsened, we helped deliver essential services to vulnerable populations. In March 2018, in the siege of Eastern Ghouta, our partner’s food kitchen was able to cook and distribute food to 12,000 people, showing the value of this localisation approach.

We have site-managed a camp for over 50,000 Rohingya people fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence; we also worked with local partners to provide food assistance to internally displaced people within Myanmar.

Read the Humanitarian section of our Annual Report.

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi visiting Jamtoli Camp Bangladesh

Amanda Khozi Mukwashi, Chief Executive, and the director of our partner GUK, Anjum Named Chowdhury, discuss the running of Jamtoli Camp in Bangladesh.

Supporter partnerships

In what remains one of the biggest acts of Christian witness in the UK, our supporters raised £9.6 million in Christian Aid Week 2017.

A huge thank-you to over 60,000 collectors and 13,000 churches.

Our supporters constantly inspire us in the fight to end poverty through fundraising and campaigning. We are continuing to develop a fundraising model that links supporters meaningfully to communities in the global South – our future is bound up with that of our neighbours around the world.

This year also saw the launch of Global Neighbours, an accreditation scheme for primary schools in partnership with the Church of England.

Children are quick to empathise… their questions and hopes for a fairer world never fail to inspire me; I come away refreshed and resolved to do more.

- Peter Bloodworth – group organiser, campaigner, teacher and speaker.

Amanda and supporters kick of the Circle the City event, London 2018

Christian Aid Week: Amanda Mukwashi and the Rev George Bush celebrate with supporters in London

Financial overview

Read the Financial Review section of our Annual Report.



We owe it to everyone we work with to ensure our standards are interrogated with the greatest rigour. People and organisations trust us to act in the most ethical and compassionate way – and if we do not, our ability to speak out on injustice is undermined.

Our updated safeguarding policy and procedures take full account of the Charity Commission’s December 2017 recommendations. You can find out more about our safeguarding measures in the Principal risks and Structure, governance and management sections of our report.