Press release

UK aid funds Christian Aid consortium to help most marginalised 

Christian Aid has received £1.2 million of funding from the Department of International Development (DfID) for the co-creation phase of a pioneering new programme to help civil society better understand the needs of the most marginalised in three key countries.
The funds have been awarded from DfID’s UK Aid Connect funding stream to help civil society to better access, gather and present data with and on behalf of marginalised groups in Nigeria, Myanmar/Burma and Zimbabwe.
The use of robust data will demonstrate compelling evidence of demand for services and products, and in turn allow duty bearers and those responsible for service delivery, including civil society organisations, to cater better, more effectively and efficiently to those needs.
Christian Aid’s Senior Portfolio Manager, Pete Crawford, said: “We are delighted that the co-creation funding has been secured, since it will enable us to establish governance structure for a complex, consortium delivered project while trialling pilot approaches to better gathering, analysing and communicating data”.
International Development Minister Lord Bates said: “UK aid is proud of its longstanding partnership with Christian Aid. Now through UK Aid Connect, Christian Aid will work with specialists, NGOs and the private sector, to gather better data to help civil society understand the needs of some of the world’s most marginalised people in Nigeria, Burma and Zimbabwe.”  
UK Aid Connect supports work in eight key thematic areas. This funding will specifically support the Evidence and Collaboration for Inclusive Development project which focuses on DFID’s priority on building civil society effectiveness.
Led by Christian Aid, the project started on 28 August 2018 and operates through a consortium of nine organisations including academia, NGOs, consultancy firms and the private sector actors. 

Notes to Editors:
1. Christian Aid is leading the project consortium, which comprises the following member organisations: FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communication Network); GNDR (The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction); International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Ipsos MORI; Maxwell Stamp; On Our Radar; Social Development Direct; The Open University; Womankind.

2. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

3. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task. 

4. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. 

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