Boy in street in Sierra Leone washing his hands at wash station set up to control Ebola.


We've been responding to humanitarian emergencies and disasters around the world since 1945, providing urgently needed immediate relief and long-term support.

Throughout our history, we have intervened in some of the worst disasters our world has faced – the Ethiopian famine, the South Asian tsunami, the Ebola outbreak – as well as in forgotten or protracted crises such as in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

We commit almost a third of our total income to our humanitarian work, and every year Christian Aid reaches millions of disaster-affected people.

Our approach

Our approach is founded on a vision that empowers local partners and disaster-affected communities to decide what is needed and how best it can be delivered. This is why we channel 85% of our humanitarian spending through local partner organisations.

Through our humanitarian work, we aim to:

  • Provide life saving assistance to those most in need
  • Build long-term resilience of vulnerable communities to cope with future threats
  • Advocate those in power to tackle the causes and consequences of crises, so vulnerable people can access humanitarian aid and are better protected

Partnership model

Our partnership model is central to our response. We strengthen the capacity of local organisations and civil society to anticipate, prepare for, respond to and reduce risks.

They are there before a disaster strikes, they know their communities and they will be there long after the international community has departed.


Christian Aid collaborates in all areas of its humanitarian work with a wide range of partners and coalitions, in order to ensure our work is comprehensive and well coordinated, and that the voice of disaster-affected people is always heard. 

I feel wealthy because when it rains, I don’t get wet. Everyone came together to help build my house and this has strengthened our relationships

Shelter beneficiary, Haiti

World Humanitarian Summit 2016

The May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit was a generational opportunity to reform the service the humanitarian system provides to people affected by crisis.

We demanded a shift in the balance of power in the humanitarian system toward the Global South, putting affected populations in the driving seat in terms of the design and implementation of humanitarian interventions, and greater investment in preparedness and resilience before crisis strikes.

Read our full commitments to the World Humanitarian Summit 2016.

Progress so far

The Summit made encouraging progress on these themes. The UN Secretary General called for a shift in the way humanitarian aid is delivered, including by reinforcing rather than replacing local efforts, and by investing in disaster preparedness.

Other commitments included:

  • pledges to channel 25% of funding directly to national organisations by 2020 – up from the current 0.3%
  • ensuring people receiving aid help to make decisions that affect their lives
  • to increase significantly resources for prevention, mitigation, preparedness and early action.

We will now be pressing donors and agencies to deliver on their commitments.

Christian Aid spearheaded work among a network of NGOs that provided high quality policy recommendations that have, to a large extent, been picked up in the global process. This is valuable for the issue Christian Aid works on, but also in showing the value of engaged NGO work

Coalition partner


Christian Aid’s strong track record has enabled us to continue the trend of increased breadth and depth in our humanitarian programming over recent years.

In 2017/18 our partners delivered 150 humanitarian projects in 26 countries, reaching 1 million people in need.

  • We raised £8.4m in 2017/18 though emergency appeals.
  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, we reached 200,000 people displaced in the Kasai region and provided them with shelter, water and food between January and July 2018.
  • Monsoon rains in 2017, caused flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh destroying homes and livelihoods.  Shelter, food sand water were provided to 45,000 in India, 15,000 in Nepal and 3,000 in Bangladesh.
  • In North East Nigeria where the conflict has displaced at least 1.7 million people, we are one of the few organisations providing life-saving support to displaced people and the families who host them. We have reached 240,000 people with food assistance, 160,000 families who are now able to produce food and provided cash transfers to 21,000 people for their essential needs.
  • In response to violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar's Rakhine State which forced hundreds to flee to the border with Bangladesh, Christian Aid, took responsibility for managing -Jamtoli Refugee Camp, which has a population of 51,000 people.
  • Our partners in Serbia and Greece provided much needed assistance to vulnerable refugee families, including food, clothing, community support and temporary accommodation. 
  • Our food kitchen in Eastern Ghouta, Syria our partner was able to distribute food to 12,000 people when the UN could not get convoys into the area.
  • In Yemen, we supported Action Against Hunger's malnutrition project reaching 52,000 people, including children, pregnant women and new mothers.
  • We have driven forward innovative practice in disaster risk reduction and resilience work, most notably in conflict settings.
  • Through our humanitarian advocacy work, we have been recognised as a leading voice in promoting the role of local and national NGOs in humanitarian action.  

In-depth information is available in our Annual Report 2017/18

Read more about our current emergency work.

Reports and resources

An overview of the vision, aims and activities of our Nigeria country programme.

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A prayer for all communities displaced by violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

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Contact us

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