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Christian Aid Ireland

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Charity no. 101631 Date registered. 10/02/2015

Public benefits

Christian Aid Ireland’s work makes big deep and lasting changes to the lives of people living in poverty throughout the world (our beneficiaries) – we do this by focussing on four key areas: • Supporting people to realise their rights – we enable all people to live full, rewarding and dignified lives, where decisions affecting them are made fairly

and people have the power to shape their own future. • Promoting gender equality – we work for more inclusive societies where men and women have equal access to opportunities, decision-making spaces and are free from gender-based violence. We believe that lasting peace and development is impossible when half the population is excluded. • Challenging structures and systems – many people cannot escape poverty because of decisions made by those with power, like governments and big corporations. Where injustice happens we work alongside our partners at home and overseas to expose it and campaign against it. • Providing humanitarian aid –when disaster strikes it is the poorest who are hit hardest. We provide immediate aid, through our partners on the ground, and we work with communities to help them cope with future disasters. We monitor our performance in each of these areas using internally and externally collected data and report on them in our annual report which can be found at We ensure that we are accountable to our member churches in Ireland and our beneficiaries through HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) Standards and other best practice guidelines for International NGOs including compliance with fundraising standards and our supporter charter. There is a risk of harm to staff and partners in some countries where we work, notably where there is conflict. However all risks are carefully evaluated as part of each partnership and project and appropriate action is taken to avoid or mitigate the risk to ensure that the benefits of the project outweigh any potential risks.

What your organisation does

- Providing humanitarian aid - We act quickly to save lives and livelihoods - Reduce suffering so that people can live with dignity in safe communities. o We speak out about injustice and the disproportionate effect that disasters have on poor and marginalised people. • Supporting people to realise their rights o We work with partners to ensure

all people can fairly benefit from the world’s resources and enjoy access to essential services. o We support partners and communities to strengthen their ability to hold elected representatives, local authorities, churches and companies to account. o Where communities have been affected by violence, we work with them to find peaceful alternatives. o We support and are witness to the work of human rights defenders and demand accountability from perpetrators of violence. • Promoting gender equality o We support our partners to lobby for the equal and systematic representation of women and girls in all decision making spaces; to promote their access to education and to facilitate economic opportunities. o We work with partners in Ireland and overseas to promote appropriate responses to gender based violence; justice for survivors; and effective prevention measures. o We encourage partners to work with men as well as women, and influential community leaders to gain their understanding and support for gender equality • Challenging structures and systems o We support the work of our partners to campaign and lobby those who can change practices and structures that maintain inequality and poverty o We work in Ireland, the UK, the EU and other international arenas to highlight injustices, such as unjust tax rules, and reform systems that have a damaging effect on development in poorer countries. • Inspiration – we want to inspire people throughout Ireland to play a positive role in ending poverty through lobbying, donating, volunteering, praying or making others aware simply by talking to them.

The charity’s classifications

  • The prevention or relief of poverty

Who the charity helps

  • General public
  • Overseas/developing countries
  • Women

How the charity works

  • Advice/advocacy/information
  • Economic development
  • Education/training
  • Environment/sustainable development/conservation
  • Gender
  • Grant making
  • Human rights/equality
  • Medical/health/sickness
  • Overseas aid/famine relief
  • Relief of poverty
  • Research/evaluation
  • Rural development

This display is a broad summary of the charity’s financial information. For a full understanding of the charity’s finances, the reader should view the PDF accounts and reports under the Documents tab above.





Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2023

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2022

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2021

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

The furtherance of charitable purposes which relieve and combat poverty, malnutrition, hunger, disease, sickness or distress throughout the world. The furtherance of charitable purposes which advance or assist such other charitable work as may be carried on by or with the support of the sponsoring churches.

Governing document

Memorandum and Articles

Other name

Christian Aid
  • 12 Trustees
  • 20 Employees
  • 4,000 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Mr Scott Smith, Christian Aid Ireland, 96 Beechill Road, Belfast, BT8 7QN

Trustee board

Dr Nicola Brady
Dr Liz Hughes
Mr Steve Aiken
Mr Hal Hosford
Ms Pauline Conway
Mr Geoffrey Corry
Mr Livingstone Thompson
Colin Darling
Ms Maeve Marnell
Mr William Samuel Marrs
Mr Paul Norman William Maxwell
Mr Ivan James Patterson

Areas of operation

List of regions

  • In Ireland
  • Internationally
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burma
  • Burundi
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic Of The Congo
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Israel
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Nigeria
  • Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Zimbabwe