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)
Jan 31, 2014
31 January 2014 - A short video by talented videographer Ville Asikainen from ACT member FinnChurchAid
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.
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.
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.
Mar 14, 2013
In the wake of heavy floods, ACT Mozambique has moved quickly to help meet not only the short-term needs of affected communities, but also to reduce their vulnerabilities to future natural disasters.