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)

Humanitarian hero - Filipino engineer Rizel Mayo

Humanitarian hero - Filipino engineer Rizel Mayo

Aug 18, 2014

18 August, 2014 - Young engineer Rizel Mayo is rebuilding the schools in villages recovering from typhoon Haiyan. And one of the beneficiaries of the new classrooms will be her own daughter. We pay homage to Rizel for World Humanitarian Day, August 19.

“Teaching in Bangui is like cultivating a good tree”

“Teaching in Bangui is like cultivating a good tree”

Aug 11, 2014

12 August, 2014 - A dedicated teacher re-building a school in Bangui, Central African Republic, talks about his vision for the children of Bangui on International Youth Day

School doors re-open amid conflict in the CAR

School doors re-open amid conflict in the CAR

Jul 08, 2014

8 July, 2014 - ACT member Finn Church Aid is rehabilitating schools in the Central African Republic in an effort to ensure children's education doesn't become a casualty of war

Using faith to find peace in the CAR

Using faith to find peace in the CAR

Jun 23, 2014

23 June, 2014 - Leaders of faith denominations from across the spectrum are uniting in an effort to ease tensions in the Central African Republic

FCA director elected chair of UNDP advisory group

FCA director elected chair of UNDP advisory group

May 20, 2014

20 May, 2014 - After just a year on the UNDP's civil society advisory group, FCA's director Antti Pentikäinen has been elected its chair

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