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 2023

List of Current Grants
Agency Programme Country Value Start End
Care International CARE Sudan Response Sudan £75,000 2023 2023
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sudan Emergency - Regional Response Plan Sudan £75,000 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
OCHA Syrian Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Syria £100,000 2023 2024
OCHA South Sudan Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) South Sudan £200,000 2023 2024
OCHA Central African Republic (CAR) Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Central African Republic £150,000 2023 2024
OCHA Yemen Humanitarian Fund (Country Based Pooled Fund) Yemen £150,000 2023 2024
International Health Partners Turkey/Syria Earthquake Response Turkey, Syria £40,000 2023 2024
Crown Agents Generators for Health Facilities in Mykolaiv Ukraine £159,214 2023 2023
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh 2023 Bangladesh £200,000 2023 2024
Crown Agents Ltd Provision of medical equipment for Odessa Ukraine £135,000 2023 2024
British Red Cross Health Provision in Mykolaiv Ukraine £100,000 2023 2023
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
Aid Fund for North Syria Aid Fund for North Syria Syria £200,000 2023 2024
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) Cyclone Freddy Response Malawi £25,000 2023 2024
Opportunity International UK Cyclone Freddy Response Malawi £30,000 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
Friends Of Ukraine -EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training Support: Ukraine National Agencies Ukraine £124,000 2023 2023
Crown Agents Ltd Procuring and delivering medical equipment for health facilities across Mykolaiv Ukraine £119,528 2023 2023
British Red Cross Turkey/Syria Earthquake Appeal Syria, Turkey £150,000 2023 2023

Project in focus: Syria



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.