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Development Cooperation

Right to a life with dignity

Based on Felm values and principles, our development cooperation is built on advancing human rights and addressing the root causes of marginalization and injustice. Poverty is a human rights violation and its elimination demands actions from the citizens as well as authorities and politicians.

In 2017 Felm’s Development Program Involved


Direct Beneficiaries, of Whom...

58 %
Were Women and Girls.

What is Development Work?

The Felm development cooperation program 2018-2021 promotes the rights of people who face discrimination, advances social and economic justice and builds peace and reconciliation. Through the program our work boosts empowerment, livelihoods, education, food security and equal opportunities for discriminated groups, communities and societies. We aim to remove discriminatory structures, attitudes and harmful practices, especially for women and girls as well as for persons with disabilities, for ethnic minorities and indigenous people and for youth. Felm also promotes climate change prevention, adaptation and resilience as well as builds capacity in disaster preparedness. In case of a disaster, we respond and coordinate assistance through our partners.

In our work we pay special attention to:

  • Gender equality
  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • Climate change and environmental protection
  • Conflict sensitivity

Partners and funding

Felm works in 12 different countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and with over 30 partner organisations. Our partners are local churches, organisations, institutes and national bodies. We are a member of various international development forums and we also partner with other international non-governmental organisations.

The major part of our funding comes from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. However, we also receive funding from smaller donors, such as church parishes, companies, trust funds and individual donors, who all make our work possible.

Read more about a new EU-funded advocacy and human rights project in Nepal that strives for a positive change in the lives of freed Haliyas, Nepal’s ex-bonded labourers, through an innovative mobile app.

Project Countries




our work