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.

What do we do?

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, like JOA, without much of a global presence. By providing funding to organisations that adhere to the highest standards of quality, reporting and accountability, we can ensure a swift, efficient and effective on the ground response can be deployed. Our humanitarian aid literally saves lives.

How do we do it?

At JOA, we take our humanitarian funding seriously. It is allocated in line with established international principles of Good Humanitarian Donorship, and is guided by the four humanitarian principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and independence. We work within the agreed international frameworks of humanitarian financing and support humanitarian action where it is needed, without discrimination between – or within – affected populations. To ensure our humanitarian financing is considered eligible Overseas Development Assistance (ODA), it flows only to countries and organisations on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) ODA recipient list – which is comprised of all low- and middle-income countries based on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita.

Jersey Overseas Aid 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 and frameworks ensure Jersey’s aid reaches the best-placed local organisations, that have the skills, expertise and procedures in place to support those most affected by crises, while also contributing to improving the overall coordination of humanitarian responses.

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 2023

List of Current Grants
Agency Programme Country Value Start End
Caritas Spiš Phase III - Psycho-social support for IDPs / refugees in Ukraine and Eastern Slovakia Ukraine, Slovakia £50,000 2024 2024
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sudan Emergency Chad, South Sudan, Sudan £50,000 2023 2024
British Red Cross Cash Hub Multi-Year Global £1,000,000 2023 2025
OCHA oPt Humanitarian Fund The Occupied Palestinian Territory £200,000 2023 2024
International Health Partners Addressing Acute Shortages of Essential Medicines in Palestine The Occupied Palestinian Territory £230,000 2023 2025
International Health Partners Central Africa: Access to Medicine for Displaced Communities CAR, South Sudan, Sudan £60,000 2023 2025
People in Need UK Enhancing the response capacity of local and national actors Myanmar £100,000 2023 2024
British Red Cross Libya Flood Response Libya £100,000 2023 2024
RedR UK Morocco Earthquake Response Morocco £75,000 2023 2024
Medical Aid for Palestinians Promoting Women's Rights and Inclusive Health The Occupied Palestinian Territory £103,000 2023 2023
British Red Cross Health Provision in Mykolaiv Ukraine £100,000 2023 2023
The Leprosy Mission England From Cyclone Chaos to Rebuilding - TLM/JOA Emergency Response to Cyclone Mocha in Myanmar Burma £30,000 2023 2023
Care International CARE Sudan Response Sudan £75,000 2023 2023
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sudan Emergency - Regional Response Plan Sudan £125,000 2023 2023
Crown Agents Ltd Provision of medical equipment for Odessa Ukraine £135,000 2023 2024
International Health Partners Ukraine Crisis: access to vital healthcare Ukraine £35,000 2023 2023
Friends Of Ukraine -EOD Training to the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Unit, Ukraine Ukraine £16,000 2023 2023
Opportunity International UK Cyclone Freddy Response Malawi £30,000 2023 2024
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) Cyclone Freddy Response Malawi £25,000 2023 2024
Plan International UK Cyclone Freddy Response Malawi £13,200 2023 2024
RedR UK Engineering for Humanity: Strengthening Earthquake Response and Reconstruction in Türkiye and Syria Syria, Turkey £74,792 2023 2023
International Health Partners Turkey/Syria Earthquake Response Turkey, Syria £40,000 2023 2024
Aid Fund for Northern Syria Aid Fund for Northern Syria Syria £200,000 2023 2024
Start Network Start Fund 2023 Global £450,000 2023 2023
Start Network Start Fund Bangladesh Bangladesh £100,000 2023 2024
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh 2023 Bangladesh £250,000 2023 2024
OCHA Yemen Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Yemen £200,000 2023 2024
OCHA Syrian Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Syria £100,000 2023 2024
OCHA Central African Republic (CAR) Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Central African Republic £150,000 2023 2024
OCHA South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) South Sudan £200,000 2023 2024

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.