Fida’s development cooperation aims at reducing poverty and improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable. The work abides by the principles of Christian diaconal work: loving your neighbour, serving each other and giving voice to the poorest of the poor.
We implement 42 development cooperation projects in 24 countries (2016). Our Finnish workers abroad and an expansive partner network ensure that the aid is distributed efficiently and reliably to people in need. The projects focus on preventive healthcare, food security, education and vocational training.
Fida’s development cooperation is participatory by nature. This means that the projects are planned and implemented at grass-roots level together with our partners in developing countries. Our partners are often local churches that are supported in being just, caring, and responsible members of society.
The most significant financer of the development cooperation programme is the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The partnership agreement between Fida and the ministry was established in 2003. Other sources of finance are private donations and the profits that arise from Fida Second Hand Shops.
We pay particular attention to child sponsorship activities and humanitarian aid in our development cooperation.