Diakonia - People change the world
In Burkina Faso, these widows have formed a cooperative; now, they own land together and are trying to support themselves and their families.

Social and economic justice

In a globalised world it is crucial to work at local, national, regional and global level in order to achieve social and economic justice, and a fairer distribution of resources in the world.

5/21/2014 Publisher: Domingo Torres Santos

Income Generating Activities

Diakonia uses Income Generating Activities as a means of getting people organized so that they can continue to work to ensure their rights, get access to social services, hold duty bearers accountable and tackle structural causes of poverty.

Women denied access to land

The UN estimates that approximately 70 per cent of the 1.3 billion people living on less than one dollar a day are women. Women are often denied the right to access, own, control or inherit land or property, and are therefore particularly vulnerable to economic injustice.

Lack of employment and economic resources are push factors for the feminisation of global migration. This is why Diakonia puts the focus on women in its work to achieve economic empowerment. Young people and people living with HIV and AIDS are other groups that require special emphasis.

Reducing the drain

All developing countries are in great need of investments that can promote development and eradicate poverty. Diakonia must work to ensure that such flows of resources, public as well as private, meet the highest standards in terms of their impact on human rights, society, the economy and the environment.

Reducing the resource drain from developing countries and promoting domestic resource mobilisation are priority issues. Diakonia and its partner organizations work at different levels with, for example, budget monitoring, curbing capital flight, and military spending. This work contributes to freeing up domestic resources that can be used for poverty eradication and climate justice.