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The Overseas Aid & Development Commission distributes money provided by the States of Guernsey to charities undertaking development and humanitarian work in the world's least developed countries.


  • About the Overseas Aid & Development Commission

    • On behalf of the States of Guernsey, the Commission is responsible for distributing funds voted by the States for aid and development overseas by making contributions to ongoing programmes and to emergency and disaster relief; developing programmes relating to the collection and distribution of funds involving the private sector and carrying out the duties and powers above in accordance with policies set out by the Policy & Resources Committee.
    • The Commission is a non-statutory, non-governmental body. The Commission's President is Deputy Emilie McSwiggan and the Commissioners are: Miss Judy Moore , Mr Philip Bodman, Ms Teresa de Nobrega, and Dr Nick Paluch, Mr Bryan Pill and Mrs Margaret McGuiness.  The Commission publishes an annual report setting out details of the awards made and providing an update on the various projects its has supported.  Copies of past annual reports can be download from this site.
    • Each year the Commission invites any charity registered in the British Isles to apply for funding of up to £50,000 for a specific and sustainable single year project in one of the world's least developed countries, or funding up to £150,000 for a multi-year project .
    • If you wish to be added to  the Commission's email list to receive any updates on the Grant Aid scheme please click here.
  • Pre-registration requirements

    • The Commission requires charities that have not previously applied for funding, those that have applied but have either been unsuccessful or that have not received an award since the 2017 grant aid funding round to pre-register before being eligible to apply for funding in the 2021 funding round.
    • Pre-registration ahead of the 2021 funding round will announced in due course.
    • Pre-registration checks may take up to 4 weeks to complete.
    • Charities will be advised of the outcome of the pre-registration checks and, where a charity is not successful, the Commission will give the charity reasons for its decision.
  •  *UPDATED* Applications for Multi-Year Grant Aid Funding - FUNDING ROUND CLOSED / COVID-19

    • The Multi-Year Grant Aid Funding round for 2021 closed at 12 noon on Friday 13th March 2020. The Commission is unable to consider any applications received after the closing deadline.
    • UPDATE - Due to the  economic effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic it is not yet clear what  levels of funding will be available to the Commission in 2021. Consequently consideration of the above applications is unlikely to take place until December 2020.
  •  *UPDATED* Applications for Single Year Grant Aid Funding - COVID-19

    • UPDATE - Due to the  economic effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic it is not yet clear what levels of funding will now be available to the Commission in 2021. Consequently the launch of the 2021 projects funding round has been postponed until at least December 2020.
  • Disaster and Emergency Relief Awards

    • The Commission's general policy in respect of Emergency and Disaster Relief awards is to support appeals launched by the UK Disasters Emergency Committee (the DEC) following a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. The Commission will exceptionally consider applications from individual charities for awards in response to non-DEC led disasters following a catastrophic natural disaster where the day-to-day patterns of life are suddenly disrupted and the population requires supplies of basic food, shelter and medical supplies to protect them in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.  Charities applying for an exceptional award are strongly advised to read the Commission's guidance notes and to contact the Commission at before submitting an application
    • Disaster emergency aid funding will normally be used to provide water, sanitation, emergency shelter, medical services and emergency feeding programmes to disaster affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and to assist in getting emergency supplies within the areas affected by the disaster.  Awards will be to a maximum of £50,000 per disaster or emergency. The application must set out how the charity proposes to use the funding requested and the budget must show what items will be purchased and in what quantity.
  • Guernsey International Development Network Events

    • Guernsey International Development Network Event - Wednesday 4th March, 2020 - 7.30pm - The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts
    • 'Good For People, Good For Our Planet: How ethical trade can help us take on the climate crisis - and win'
    • You can watch a recording of the event here -
    • It was the first ever event of the Guernsey International Development Network, where internationally renowned experts took on one of the key issues of our time — how trade and working practices around the world are helping to shape, and reshape, the climate crisis.
    • Sustainable Development can be a game changer for people and planet — lifting disadvantaged communities out of poverty, and conserving and replenishing the world's precious natural resources — but what does that look like in practice?
    • Professor Kevin Bales CMG (Professor of Contemporary Slavery, The Rights Lab, and Trustee for Guernsey For Freedom) discussed modern day slavery, and how the world's worst working practices are also linked to climate devastation in many developing countries. He explained how changing our approach to production and consumption, around the world, can help to address these twin injustices.
    • Albert Tucker (Social Entrepreneur and Chair of the Karma Cola Foundation) explored how Fairtrade transforms lives — helping small-scale farmers to succeed in business, despite much bigger competitors; while offering a model of ethical trade that empowers people to care for, protect and develop their communities and their environment.
    • Professor Bales and Mr Tucker were then joined by Deputy Lindsay de Sausmarez and Louise Smith for a Panel Q&A session on sustainable development, ethical trade and climate justice. Deputy de Sausmarez is a champion for climate action and green finance within Guernsey's government. Mrs Smith is co-founder of a Guernsey-based charity, This Is Epic, which supports sustainable development in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo through village Savings & Loans schemes.
    • The evening was open to everyone, and was of particular interest to people who are interested in international development, tackling the climate crisis, or promoting ethical business. Tickets were free of charge.
    • The event was held on Wednesday 4th March at The Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts. There was an opportunity to meet with the speakers, panelists and fellow guests at the end of the evening.
    • The Guernsey International Development Network is an initiative of the Guernsey Overseas Aid & Development Commission. Membership is free - please get in touch via
    • This inaugural event was held in partnership with the Guernsey Fairtrade Steering Group during Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February until 8th March 2020) - / and Guernsey For Freedom (formerly Abolitionist Guernsey) - / . Please visit their websites for more information on their upcoming events.

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OA&DC Grant Aid Awards (Single and Multi-Year) Policy (January 2020) OA&DC Grant Aid Awards (Single and Multi-Year) Guidance Notes (January 2020) OADC Community Partnerships Policy (January 2019) Disaster Emergency Relief Guidance Notes (May 2016) Compliance procedure (May 2016) Overseas Aid and Development Commission - 2018 Annual Report Overseas Aid and Development Commission 2017 Annual Report Overseas Aid & Development Commission - 2016 Annual Report Overseas Aid & Development Commission Annual Report 2015 GOAC 2014 Annual Report GOAC 2013 Annual Report GOAC 2012 Annual Report

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