About Jersey

Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, which lie close to the French coast. Jersey is part of the British Isles but is not a part of the United Kingdom or EU. It has its own separate history and traditions, its own laws and its own government, namely the States of Jersey. In almost all respects Jersey is a self-governing community.

Prominent Jersey industries include financial services, agriculture and tourism. As a result, in Jersey there is a wealth of expertise which range from dairy genomics to impact investments.

Minister for International Development

Since 2018, Jersey has had a States appointed Minister for International Development who is, amongst other matters, responsible for developing and implementing our Aid policy in conjunction with the JOA Commission. The role of Minister for International Development also involves sitting as chairperson of the JOA Commission.

Jersey Overseas Aid

Jersey Overseas Aid’s annual budget is currently 0.25% of Jersey’s GVA, totalling £12.43 million in 2020. The budget is granted by the States of Jersey from tax payer monies, for the purpose of supporting international development and providing assistance during humanitarian crises. Jersey Overseas Aid exists within the responsibilities of the Chief Minister, making it the official international development donor organisation of the States of Jersey.

Jersey Overseas Aid is governed by three States Commissioners and three non-States Commissioners, all of whom are appointed by the States of Jersey. Its day-to-day operations are managed by professional staff experienced in running development and emergency projects around the world.