Diakonia is a Swedish organization for international development cooperation. We support more than 400 partner organizations in about 30 countries. Together with our partners we form a global network, working towards more people living a life in dignity.
Fair and sustainable development
Diakonia’s goal is a fair and sustainable development in which living standards for the most vulnerable people are improved, and democracy, human rights and gender equality are respected. The starting point for this is the gospel with Jesus as the role model and, based on this, our policy.
Diakonia does not carry out any projects of its own, but supports local partners. As these organisations are already present and well established, the long term development work becomes more effective. Diakonia’s strength is our partner organisations. They work tirelessly according to their beliefs, through actions for a worthy future.
Everywhere on earth where there is poverty, injustice or violence there are people working for change. Diakonia’s vision is that all people should live a satisfactory life and have the opportunity to exercise their civil and political rights, including secured livelihood, a peaceful living environment and knowledge to influence their situation.
Donations from Swedish individuals and congregations are the basis and prerequisite for our work. For every SEK (Swedish currency) that is donated by them to Diakonia, the Swedish Development Agency, Sida, contributes with additional funding. Diakonia also has funding from the EU, embassies and other international organisations for specific projects.
Our Swedish support base
In Sweden Diakonia works with popular education, mobilisation, advocacy, campaigning and fundraising. Diakonia was founded in 1966 by five Swedish churches. Members of these congregations still form Diakonia’s support base. The support base also includes local and regional Diakonia representatives, groups of young volonteers, activists and many individuals. They work with spreading information and carrying out campaigns for Diakonia as well as doing fund raising activities.