Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands, which lie close to the French coast. It is part of the British Isles but not of the United Kingdom. It has its own separate history and traditions, its own government (the States of Jersey) and its own laws. In 2016 the estimated population was 100,000. In almost all respects Jersey is a self-governing community.

Jersey has been funding international aid and development since 1968, but the current ‘Jersey Overseas Aid Commission’ was established by law in 2005. It is an independent body within the responsibilities of the Chief Minister. It 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 a full-time Executive Director and an Administrative Officer.