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Value for money

Christian Aid is committed to seeing an end to poverty. We believe the best way to deliver value for money for donors, supporters and those living in poverty is to focus on achieving far-reaching and lasting change.

To adequately assess value for money in our development work, it is important to consider effectiveness, equity, economy and efficiency. Christian Aid’s approach to achieving maximum impact with the money and resources we have is outlined in our new briefing paper on value for money.

pdf iconDownload 'Value for Money' briefing paper (PDF 172kb)

Download 'Value for Money' briefing paper French (PDF 133kb)

Download 'Value for Money' briefing paper Spanish (PDF 140kb)

Download complete case studies document (PDF 643kb)   


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So what does effective spending look like in practice?

Working with the most excluded

We believe change has the most impact when it benefits people who are more marginalised or excluded, such as manual scavengers from a Dalit sub-caste in India. Read how we have invested your money to influence the Indian government to end manual scavenging and support safai karmacharis.

Download value for money and leverage - a case study from India (PDF 607kb)

Achieving lasting change

Advocacy means influencing governments to listen to the voices of the poor and marginalised and to introduce policies that benefit them. This often changes the lives of millions and at relatively little cost for Christian Aid. Download value for money and advocacy- a case study from Kenya and Ghana (PDF 586kb) 

A stitch in time saves nine

Putting risk prevention at the centre of development means communities can establish livelihoods that are resilient in the face of crises such as epidemics, floods or droughts. Download a case study on value for money, effectiveness and equity from Bangladesh (PDF 581kb)

Download value for money in risk-prone contexts - a case study from Burkina Faso (PDF 596kb) 

Constant improvement

Lessons learned help us deliver more efficient and effective work, and constant monitoring also helps spot where we might need to make changes.

For example, a water project in northern Kenya was disrupted due to tensions about the work between local tribes. Christian Aid is now supporting partner Northern Aid to introduce more sensitive approaches in its work where there is pressure on resources like water or land. 

Accounting for money and resources

We believe that poor communities are the best judges of how well and how effectively aid is invested, so involving them from the beginning in spending decisions is crucial. This leads to more support, more uptake and a reduction in dependency.

Just as donors and supporters want to know how their money is being used, communities we work with also need to know what is being spent and on what.

Christian Aid is a Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) certified organisation, which means we have an obligation to make sure communities receive financial information about programmes and projects. This leads to more efficient spending.

In Burkina Faso, Christian Aid gave financial information to one community about a building repair project. When the contractor arrived wanting them to supply sand and cement, the village refused knowing he had already been paid for the materials.

Watch a video from a public discussion about Value for Money in Development on Christian Aid’s Learning Exchange. The event was hosted by Christian Aid and ODI as part of DFID’s Governance and Transparency Fund public event series.

Filling the Gaps

A research study for Christian Aid by the new economics foundation (nef) using a social return on investment (SROI) approach calculates that every £1 of funds spent on a Comic Relief funded HIV project generated £8 of financial and social benefits for both the direct beneficiaries and their wider communities.

This research is part of Christian Aid’s ongoing work to understand the value and impact of work.

Download Filling the Gaps: A social ROI analysis (PDF, 1.4mb) 


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