Finn Church Aid (FCA)

FCA works to help the world's poorest people in tens of countries across four different continents. The assistance includes long-term development cooperation, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

The largest share of FCA's aid budget, more than 40%, is directed to Africa, where the majority of the target countries are in the lowest ranking group of the United Nations Human Development Index. The need for assistance is caused especially by political instability, prolonged crises and natural disasters.

The second largest share of the aid budget is directed to Asia, which has numerically the largest number of poor people. Political upheavals, natural disasters and the collapse of economic growth make development cooperation challenging in Asia.

Taken together, Latin America and Europe receive just over a tenth of FCA's annual budget. In Latin America FCA's work focuses on strengthening human rights and democracy, defending the rights of indigenous people, and improving food security and people's livelihoods.

In Europe FCA's work has an emphasis on building ecumenical relationships, women's participation, and issues concerning children's and young people.

The objectives of FCA's aid work are aligned with the UN Millennium Goals, the most important of which is reducing extreme poverty. In disaster relief work FCA and its local partners observe the internationally recognized Code of Conduct and Humanitarian Principles.

Latest from Finn Church Aid (FCA)

CAR: 1.6 million people need urgent assistance

CAR: 1.6 million people need urgent assistance

Apr 10, 2014

10 April, 2014 - The deteriorating situation in the Central African Republic brings with it more civilians killed and infrastructure destroyed. Two ACT members are responding with life-saving measures

ACT responds to Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines

ACT responds to Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines

Jan 31, 2014

31 January 2014 - A short video by talented videographer Ville Asikainen from ACT member FinnChurchAid

In cramped conditions, classes resume in the Philippines

In cramped conditions, classes resume in the Philippines

Jan 24, 2014

24 January 2014 - Typhoon Haiyan was indiscriminate in its damage. Along with houses, businesses and infrastructure, schools across the central Philippines were battered by huge waves and fierce winds, leaving them damaged and clogged with mud and debris. But although badly damaged, school doors are now open and classes beginning again.

Circus training in Za'atari refugee camp

Circus training in Za'atari refugee camp

Oct 18, 2013

18 October 2013 - In Zaatari refugee camp Topi Hurtig and a team of circus trainers teach juggling, acrobatics and clownery to young Syrian refugees.

Phailin: lives saved but livelihoods lost

Phailin: lives saved but livelihoods lost

Oct 13, 2013

13 October 2012 - Loss of life was minimised by good disaster preparedness but extremely poor communities have lost their homes and livelihoods.

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