Humanitarian response

Jersey Overseas Aid responds to multiple humanitarian crises around the globe every year, addressing the needs of those whose lives have been shattered through armed conflict and natural disasters. We support underfunded ‘orphan’ emergencies as well as those which make the headlines.

Chronic crises and sudden-onset emergencies demand coordinated and cost-effective responses, but humanitarian funding can be fragmented, onerous and, at times, wasteful. This is a particular danger for a small donor without much of a global presence. By providing funding to organisations that adhere to the highest standards of quality and accountability, we can ensure a swift, efficient and effective on the ground response can be deployed. Our humanitarian aid literally saves lives.

Jersey Overseas Aid also provides funding via the UN’s country based pooled funds (CBPFs) as well as the START Fund, a rapid financing mechanism managed by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), which provides support in sudden onset small-medium scale crises. These funding mechanisms ensure Jersey’s aid reaches the best-placed local organisations and the neediest beneficiaries, while also contributing to improving the overall coordination of humanitarian responses.

In 2021 JOA provided more than £3million worth of emergency humanitarian support and in 2022 it will exceed £4.5m.

For information about the Bailiff's Ukraine Appeal and Jersey's Ukraine response, visit the Ukraine Response page.

Where Jersey has sent humanitarian relief in 2022

List of Current Grants
Agency Programme Country Value Start End
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Pakistan Floods Response Plan 2022 Pakistan £50,000 2022 2023
International Health Partners Addressing acute shortages of essential medicines in occupied Palestinian territories Palestine £130,000 2021 2023
Medical Aid for Palestinians Helping Women Escape Violence in Gaza Palestine £77,700 2022 2023
OCHA Syrian Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Syria £200,000 2022 2023
International Health Partners Saving lives in South Sudan South Sudan £69,300 2021 2023
OCHA South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) South Sudan £200,000 2022 2023
Crown Agents Ltd Incubators for Ukraine Emergency Response Ukraine £90,000 2022 2023
Caritas Kosice Psycho-social care to internally displaced Ukrainians and refugees in Slovakia Slovakia £58,530 2022 2023
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ukraine Emergency Response Ukraine £120,000 2022 2023
OCHA Ukraine Emergency Humanitarian Response Ukraine £120,000 2022 2023
Crown Agents Ltd Procurement and supply of Ballistic vests and Helmets for Medics Ukraine £199,968 2022 2023
British Red Cross Ukraine Emergency Response Ukraine £120,000 2022 2023
OCHA Central African Republic (CAR) Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Central African Republic £200,000 2022 2023
International Health Partners Horn of Africa Ethiopia,Kenya,Somalia £70,000 2022 2024
OCHA Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund Ethiopia £150,000 2022 2023
British Red Cross Africa Food Crises Appeal Multiple £150,000 2022 2023
British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal Ukraine £120,000 2022 2023

Project in focus: Syria

COUNTRY; Syria

PARTNERS: OCHA

In 2021, for the sixth consecutive year, Jersey contributed to the Syrian Humanitarian Fund, a Country Based Pooled Fund managed by UN OCHA.

Pooled Funds allow JOA to provide aid in multiple sectors at the absolute frontline of the humanitarian emergency without the risk and cost of bilateral funding. Our resources can be deployed rapidly to where they are most needed, to agencies we would never be able to vet or oversee on our own. The professional, transparent and low-cost administration of the funds make this an efficient and low-risk way for JOA to provide support. Since 2016 JOA has given over £2.2million to the SHF to address the intense suffering of the Syrian people.

Find out more about Jersey’s humanitarian relief in 2021

“For six years, Jersey Overseas Aid has provided generous support to the Fund, enabling us to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of countless Syrian women, men and children.”

Imran Riza, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria

United Nations Junior Professional officer scheme

Jersey Overseas Aid joined the United Nations’ Junior Professional Officer scheme in 2021. The international programme provides young professionals, sponsored by their respective governments, an extraordinary opportunity to embark on a career within the UN system and to contribute at the frontline of an ongoing humanitarian emergency.