Financial Inclusion at the Margins
Jersey Overseas Aid and Comic Relief today announced the launch of Branching Out, an innovative multi-million pound partnership that has the potential to transform hundreds of thousands of lives in Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zambia.
The four-year programme aims to give individuals and small businesses access to affordable financial services – including bank accounts, savings, insurance and credit. It will provide low-income households with the means to plan for everything from long-term goals to unexpected emergencies. Evidence shows that when people have access to such products and services everyone benefits: people save more; spend more on health care and education; manage risk; cope with unexpected shocks; and invest in income generators and small enterprises.
Over the next four years, JOA and Comic Relief will each contribute £1m a year to the programme resulting in a project total of £8million. The joint approach to funding will be mirrored in the way the project is coordinated and administered – equally between St Helier and London.
Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chairman of Jersey Overseas Aid, said ‘We are delighted to be partnering with one of the UK’s most cherished charities working together in a sector where Jersey has considerable expertise. Branching Out has real potential to make a significant impact and most importantly provide an effective means of bringing individuals out of poverty – and keeping them out of poverty.’
A carefully chosen list of organisations has been invited to apply for multi-year projects with the first grants expected to be awarded by the autumn of this year. Aside from the grants, the programme will promote policy change where needed in the target countries to ensure access to financial services is open to everyone.
Comic Relief’s Executive Director of Impact & Investment, Ruth Davison, added, ‘Financial Inclusion is a pioneering area of development which can transform the lives of individuals, families and communities permanently. As a hub of financial services expertise, along with their 50 years of experience funding international development, Jersey Overseas Aid was a natural partner. Together, we have bold ambitions in Sierra Leone, Zambia and Rwanda.’
Financial inclusion is an enabler of many of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including eliminating extreme poverty (Goal 1), tackling hunger (Goal 2), creating jobs (Goal 8) and improving health (Goal 3) and gender equality (Goal 5).
Comic Relief is a UK charity which aims to create a just world, free from poverty – where everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered. Since 1985, Comic Relief has raised over £1 billion. That money has helped, and is helping, people both at home in the UK and across the world. For information about Comic Relief and the work it carries out, please visit www.comicrelief.com
Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)
Jersey Overseas Aid
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) is an international aid organisation that supports humanitarian and development projects implemented by recognised international charities. Financial Inclusion is one of five priority themes; the other four are Dairy for Development, Environment and Livelihoods, Specialist Health and WASH for Education.
Jersey Overseas Aid are aware of the allegations of sexual exploitation involving Oxfam staff during their response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. As with all organisations involved in the development and aid sector, we are appalled by the accusations and treat incidences like this very seriously.
We would like to assure the Jersey public that no JOA money was sent to Oxfam during their Haiti campaign and at no point in time were we aware of any misconduct at Oxfam, or indeed any other charity we support. Oxfam will not benefit from any JOA funds in 2018 and are not currently on the list of JOA preferred agencies invited to apply for funding. JOA has not funded a new Oxfam project since 2016.
JOA Chair, Deputy Carolyn Labey, and JOA Director, Simon Boas, presented to a busy States Assembly in January where Sates members were briefed on current programmes and JOA’s global impact. The event provided an opportunity to explain in greater detail how and where JOA operates as well as announce activities to mark 2018 – JOA’s 50th year – including the upcoming exhibition at the Jersey Museum.
Boko Haram’s systematic and violent attacks on civilians across North East Nigeria sparked the fastest growing refugee crisis in Africa. Over 7 million people lacked access to food, water, safe shelter and sanitation facilities and were in urgent need of humanitarian support. In response, Plan International launched the ‘Emergency assistance for families affected by the Boko Haram crisis in Nigeria’ which JOA supported in November 2016.
As a result of the support, Plan International has provided life-saving assistance to over 30,000 people affected by the insecurity, and provided them with the vital support they needed to survive and recover.
The purpose of Plan International’s emergency response was to provide immediate relief and support to 53,700 people, including 32,200 children, in Borno and Adamawa states in North East Nigeria. Their response focused on providing food and emergency relief packages to the most vulnerable families, including shelter materials, clothing, mattresses and other essential household items.
Specifically, Plan have:
- Distributed food packages to 2,673 families
- Placed 2,543 children with family members or foster families
- Distributed emergency and reunification kits to 2,362 people
- Provided psychosocial support to 9,393 people
Click here for the full report
Take a look at this blog piece on CARE International UK‘s work in Yemen developed by Humanitarian Programme Coordinator for the MENA region, Antoine Esteban. The piece highlights the current situation and future activities in regards to Care’s WASH and cholera programming, supported by JOA.
We are now seeking a Non-States Commissioner to join our six-member governing board with effect from March 2018. Subject to your confirmation by the States Assembly, you will serve a renewable three-year term of office, joining a dedicated group of highly-motivated volunteers in overseeing and setting the direction of the Island’s international relief and development programme.
This non-remunerated position requires you to attend monthly meetings and to review grant applications for a range of emergency and development projects. We are looking for a Jersey resident with demonstrable interest in overseas aid, coupled with relevant transferable skills from your professional or personal experience.
Please send your CV and a covering letter to Deputy Carolyn Labey at email@example.com by Wednesday 3rd of January.
Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) announced today that its 2018 Community Work Projects will send Islanders to Tanzania, Mongolia and Lebanon.
Deputy Carolyn Labey, Chair of JOA, commented “Next year’s trips carry on proud the tradition of Jersey volunteers making a huge difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. These projects are truly life-changing, both for the host communities and the amazing Islanders who make them happen.”
Jersey Overseas Aid will officially launch these projects at a public event on Wednesday 18th October 7.30pm at St Paul’s Centre, St Helier. Please come along to find out more details! You may also register your interest already using the link below.
Jersey Overseas Aid and HelpAge International are delighted to announce a unique opportunity for Jersey residents: a one-year paid internship.
Whilst a career in international development can be incredibly rewarding, getting your first job can be hard. This exciting new internship programme – being launched today by Jersey Overseas Aid in partnership with Helpage International – will give someone from Jersey the chance to spend twelve months learning the ropes with the professionals, including six months on assignment in a developing country.
The main goal is to equip the successful candidate with the skills and experience necessary to enable them to take frontline roles with international relief and development organisations.
The intern will start work in February 2018 by spending a month in JOA’s office in St Helier, before transferring to HelpAge International’s HQ in London, where they will have an opportunity to work in a number of departments across the organisation. Full support will be provided throughout the year and a mentor will be appointed by Helpage, who will guide the process, and oversee learning and development. By May they will be ready for their first field posting, in one of HelpAge’s amazing projects in Asia, Africa or the Middle East.
HelpAge’s country programmes are incredibly diverse, from running unconditional cash transfers in humanitarian emergencies to working with governments to strengthen health systems and care for the elderly. This opportunity will give somebody valuable first-hand experience which can be used to progress their career in international development.
No age limit applies, and career-changers are welcome, but JOA are looking to recruit someone who is serious about embarking on a fulfilling but demanding new path, including being prepared to spend significant time in challenging places.
JOA plans to run this internship every year, with HelpAge and other selected charities (Practical Action is lined up for 2019). Over time, the goal is to build up a cadre of Jersey-connected development professionals working for different agencies around the world.
Carolyn Labey, Chair of JOA, said “As well as being a life-changing launch pad for several fortunate individuals, this will help translate the huge support for charity and philanthropy on our Island into concrete assistance for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”
Jenny Moncada, Head of HR at HelpAge International, said “We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity as we recognise the industry can be a hard one to break into, we are looking forward to working alongside JOA to grow opportunities for access to employment for those people who are really committed to working in the international development sector.”
The deadline for applications is 13th October.
For more information, please click on the link in the menu above.
JOA’s dairy project in Rwanda was singled out in The National, the Middle East’s leading English-language newspaper, as being of ‘fundamental importance’. The article detailed the extraordinary outputs of Jersey’s long-term Artificial Insemination project in Rwanda, and also praised the team of Jersey volunteers who are just returning from a three-week work programme in that country. The team have been contributing to a WaterAid project bringing sanitation to poor communities. The National article noted that ‘such projects enrich lives and offer new hope to some of the world’s most disadvantaged people’.
Jersey Overseas Aid is now looking for a full-time Programme Officer to join its small professional team.
Reporting to the Director, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the monitoring and oversight of JOA grants, ensuring that projects are implemented in accordance with the highest standards of aid effectiveness. They will also play a key role in evaluating new projects, and in helping to communicate what we do to the Jersey public and the wider world. Based in St Helier, this exciting new role will help ensure that Jersey’s contribution to international aid provides both the maximum benefit for the world’s poor and the highest level of accountability for Jersey’s taxpayers
We are seeking a candidate with experience of delivering international aid in a field context. Your first-hand understanding of managing or monitoring projects in difficult environments enables you relate to the challenges facing our grantees, but also to spot risks and read between the lines. You have:
- Education to degree level in a relevant discipline;
- At least three years’ experience working for an international NGO, UN Agency, donor or private sector development organisation, with practical involvement in managing, implementing, commissioning, monitoring or evaluating projects;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Good analytical and research skills;
- Legal entitlement to work in Jersey (this job does NOT come with a Licence)
The deadline for applications is midday on Tuesday 5th September. Please see the Job Description on our Jobs page.
- Dairy for Development
- Conservation Livelihoods
- Financial Inclusion
- Jersey Charities
- Community Work Projects
- Rotary Bursary Award
- JOA Bursaries
- Jersey International Development Network
- Overseas Aid Internship