Our Values, Mission and Vision
We believe that local communities find the most sustainable solutions to the challenges in their own contexts. Finn Church Aid will contribute to positive change by supporting people in the most vulnerable situations within fragile and disaster-affected regions in our three thematic priority areas: right to peace, livelihood and education. We aim to become a global leader in supporting peace work in traditional communities and a strong actor within the ACT Alliance Network on issues related to livelihood and education. We enhance our programmes through global advocacy. We are a faith- and rights-based organization. Read more on the theological foundation of Finn Church Aid here
• Unconditional love for our neighbours
We promote human rights for all and regard all human beings as equal. We trust our partners and learn together. We embrace diversity and create connections between people who think in different ways.
• Unyielding hope
We are committed to working collaboratively and consistently to achieve our long-term goals. We take joy in progress and are not disheartened by setbacks.
We work courageously for change. We dare to question established practices and call for the re-evaluation of power structures where needed.
We respect each other and our different beliefs. We respect the communities we work with. We value the resources given to us and use them in a cost-efficient and transparent manner. We strive for mutual learning with our partners.
Action for human dignity.
Changing the world through support for people in the most vulnerable situations.
Finn Church Aid is a rights-based actor. FCA believes in the intrinsic human dignity and equal value of every human being, and is committed to a rights-based approach. This means that the promotion of equal human rights for all is the main objective of all our work. Our actions are guided by international human rights standards and principles, such as equality and non-discrimination, participation and accountability.
Rights-based approach is a precondition for the quality, effectiveness and sustainability of our work. FCA believes that sustainable change requires tackling the root causes of injustice and non-realisation of human rights. Our rights-based approach guides us to look behind the short-term needs faced by the poor and vulnerable, and asks why the rights of certain groups are not fulfilled, or why, in the context of an emergency, some people are more vulnerable than others. Change requires tackling the structural factors that cause inequality and discriminate and exclude people based on their gender, identity, caste, race, ethnicity, class, religion, etc.
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.