Advocacy work

Advocay work for peace in Bangui, CAR, April 2014.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Bangui, Dieudonne Nzapalainga (left), Imam Mohamed Magid and Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick met in spring 2014 in a meeting hosted by FCA to discuss the situation in Central African Republic. Photo: Catianne Tijerina.

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.

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 tasks include the following:

  • Strengthening local civil societies.
  • Supporting political decision-makers in making efforts for the people.
  • Bringing local voices into international decision-making processes.