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UK aid funds Christian Aid consortium to help most marginalised

Grandmother with her grandchild sleeping in a basket, Tha Auk village, Southern Shan state. Credit: Christian Aid/Amy Sheppey

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.

Credit: Christian Aid/Charlotte Scott 

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 a 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.

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