Advocacy work

The goal of Finn Church Aid (FCA) is to eradicate the structures that maintain poverty and cause unrest in societies.

Unjust structures exist:

  • on a local level
  • in national legislation
  • in regional and international cooperation bodies

Together with its partners, FCA strives to influence decision-makers. We believe that local communities should have every opportunity to influence their own matters.

Sustainable change requires considering the roles of both rights-holders and duty-bearers and directing our action towards both of them. This means empowering people to exercise and claim their rights, and advocating or supporting the authorities and decision-makers to meet their obligations. FCA’s own role is to facilitate dialogue and strengthen accountability between these groups. We aim at contributing to this in our projects, through awareness raising, capacity building and advocacy.

We promote human rights

FCA promotes the realisation of human rights by supporting local women’s organisations, local communities, religious and traditional leaders, and other parties that work to further human rights.

We support fragile nations

We work in unstable countries where the will or ability to take care of the basic needs of citizens simply does not exist. We support the decision-makers of these countries so that they can make responsible decisions. It is possible to overcome the challenges of even the most fragile nations.

Sometimes, the decisions of large companies, too, can have a significant impact on the lives of people in developing countries. For this reason, FCA strives to build bridges between corporate decision-makers and local communities.

We convey information

Local decisions are also made at an international level. We seek to make local voices heard by international actors such as EU and UN bodies. International advocacy involves relaying information between a variety of actors. FCA is also actively involved in the Finnish political dialogue – particularly when Finnish decisions affect human rights in our operating areas.

FCA’s work includes the following:

  • strengthening local civil societies
  • influencing in political decision-making
  • bringing local voices into international decision-making processes