Charity Projects Ltd (Comic Relief)

Comic Relief (registered as Charity Projects Ltd) is a UK-based charity founded in 1985. The charity is funded through two biennial crowdfunding appeals – Red Nose Day and Sport Relief – as well as regular donations and partnerships.

With a vision to create a just world free from poverty, Comic Relief supports people and communities in the United Kingdom and internationally across 15 countries. Comic Relief does this by funding and investing in outstanding causes, focusing on the most vulnerable and marginalised affected by the following challenges facing society today: helping children survive and thrive; providing safe places to live; supporting gender justice; and promoting positive mental health.

To avoid double counting with official development assistance (ODA) providers and other philanthropic foundations responding to Comic Relief’s crowdfunding calls, the OECD data on Comic Relief exclude grantmaking financed from contributions from ODA providers and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Comic Relief.

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Comic Relief provided USD 26.8 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities. Compared to 2019, this amount represents a decrease of 46% in real terms.

In 2020, USD 5.5 million (20%) of Comic Relief’s development finance was provided in the context of its COVID-19 response.

In 2020, Comic Relief provided all of its development finance bilaterally, mainly through non-governmental organisations.

Comic Relief’s development finance was primarily focused on Africa (USD 16.7 million), Europe (USD 5 million) and Asia (USD 4.9 million), accounting respectively for 62%, 19% and 18% of gross bilateral contributions. The top recipients of Comic Relief’s grants were Kenya, Zambia and India.

A majority of the commitments made by Comic Relief in 2020 targeted social infrastructure and services, with a particular focus on health and population policies and government and civil society. Bilateral humanitarian aid amounted to USD 6.4 million in 2020.

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