Development Cooperation Programme
On the new program period 2018-21 we transition to country-specific programs and encourage our partners to advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable children in these regions.
Training on children’s rights and the status of girls and women is an important part of the work benefitting whole communities. Our particular support focus in the future will be children’s education and well-being; providing practical training on how to earn a living and maintain good health, as well as environmental protection, particularly in areas affected by climate change.
Last year the development cooperation program covered 17 countries and 32 projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Fida also receives support from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland as one of the organisations receiving program support for development cooperation.
Focus on the most vulnerable groups
In development cooperation, our focus will be on vulnerable people groups consisting of both children and adults: those with disabilities, those marginalised by society, the poorest, the untouchable and people with hiv/aids, the aged, pregnant and breast-feeding women, as well as those who have been traumatised in difficult circumstances, such as street children, ex-child soldiers and communities suffering from conflicts.
An example of this is the way we collaborate with schools and the authorities. Our efforts are multiplied by our partners who provide training and later apply the skills they have learned in their own work. The child sponsorship program dovetails into the development cooperation program by enabling additional assistance to vulnerable children and families.
Our goal is to build peace and to create a hope and a future!
Our new development cooperation program: advocating for children’s rights
The main focus of our new program, starting in 2018, will shift to the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable children and adolescents. We are encouraging our church partners to develop their advocacy efforts to achieve these rights for young people.
All projects will be part of the country-specific programs. In Finland we will be presenting and advocating development cooperation themes and will also provide education for international understanding with schools and churches.