Jersey International Development Network

The Jersey International Development Network brings together Islanders with an interest in international development or humanitarian aid. We discuss current crises, debate the latest trends, and hear from leading actors in the sector.

The Jersey International Development Network aims to meet every three months and subscribing is open to all. 

The network provides an opportunity for Islanders to learn more about overseas aid and how Jersey is making a difference on the international stage. It’s also a chance to join the dots of our philanthropic island, bringing together interested actors from charities, finance, government, philanthropy and the private sector.

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EVENT: The ‘Rohingya Experience’ Exhibition Opening

Tuesday 2nd July: Join JOA and its partners, UNHCR and Rohingyatographer, for the opening night and European premiere of ’The Rohingya Experience’ outdoor exhibition. The evening will feature a panel discussion to kick off the two-week exhibition trail, highlighting the resilience and dignity of the Rohingya people, as well as the vital work being done to support them. Photographers will share via video how photography provides a voice to the stateless and offers a glimpse into life in the camps through the eyes of Rohingya youth.

Previous Events:

Fishing, Forestry and Climate-Friendly Futures - May 2024

In May, JOA held its second JIDN event of 2024, at Jersey Arts Centre. JOA had the honour of welcoming Ellie Harvey, Field Programmes Manager at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Dr. Shashi Kumaran, Head of Conservation Enterprises at RSPB.

The event featured an engaging discussion on how, through JOA’s Conservation Livelihoods theme, pioneering projects in Sierra Leone and Madagascar are tackling climate change, biodiversity loss and multidimensional poverty, in an integrated way.

Ukraine two years on: Reflections with Colonel Tim Collins OBE - February 2024

In February 2024 JOA welcomed Colonel Tim Collins OBE Ben Remfrey MBE; the patron and the founder of the charity Friends of Ukraine Explosive Ordnance Disposal (FOU EOD).

The event, which took place at Jersey Arts Centre, saw more than 200 people participate in a discussion with the two highly respected military veterans, who shared their thoughts and views on the conflict that has devastated the lives of so many, and the future of humanitarian aid in the context of modern conflict.

Cash Assistance - October 2023

In October 2023 we hosted Richard Blewitt, Executive Director of International at The British Red Cross and Emma Delo, Head of the Cash Hub for a discussion on the transformative power of cash assistance in humanitarian aid, a topic that is reshaping the way we respond to crises worldwide.

100 islanders had the opportunity to hear from experts in the field of humanitarian aid, gain insights into the impact of cash assistance, and learn how individuals can contribute to making a positive difference in times of crisis.

Climate Emergencies - March 2023

In March 2023 we hosted Claas Beecken, Humanitarian Lead at international development charity CARE International UK. Claas discussed how climate change is impacting natural disasters, what humanitarian agencies are doing about this and how funding from Jersey is helping people hit by the severe drought in the Horn of Africa.

The free event saw more than 70 Islanders come together to discuss the role climate change is playing in what is “the largest global food crisis in modern history”. “Acute food insecurity is escalating. In 2023, at least 345 million people across 53 countries are expected to face acute food insecurity and need urgent assistance – this is double the number of people who faced these conditions in 2020.  Woman and girls are less likely to access food and food insecurity increases the risk of violence against women and girls,” said Claas.

The JIDN event, the first since the global pandemic, was opened by the Minister for International Development, Deputy Carolyn Labey.  

“We are incredibly proud that the JOA's volunteering scheme has reached its 50th year and even more thrilled that we continue to be oversubscribed with applicants for every project. It says an incredible amount about the people of Jersey that so many Islanders are willing to give their time and their skills. I am immensely proud of those who volunteer for the programme."

Deputy Carolyn Labey
Jersey’s Minister for International Development & Chair of Jersey Overseas Aid,