Diakonia believes in peoples' equal value and the right of all people to live a dignified life. These are the driving forces behind our work, but far too many people today live in extreme poverty and vulnerability.
Diakonia’s policy stems from people’s convictions, faith and commitments, and their ability to excercise these. The document is based on the firm belief in people’s equal value and the right of all people to live a dignified life.
The Diakonia policy sets five basic themes that permeates through all of our partner organizations' work for development and justice:
All of these themes are of course interdependent and overlap.
Diakonia's mission is based on Christian values. We work for people’s liberation and redress, and to create or recreate structures that are righteous and fair. We do this by analyzing the underlying causes of injustice and conflict, then look for alternate solutions. We also tackle issues of distribution in the world by highlighting unjust structures and working to ensure that the world's resources are distributed fairly.
Partner organizations are fundamental. Our efforts are aimed at people harmed by poverty, oppression and violence in various forms, regardless of their faith, skin colour or gender.
Being an organization funded by Christian churches, our partners naturally include several churches and ecumenical organizations. But we do not believe that Christian organizations are the only ones working for positive change. For this reason, a diversity of religious convictions is represented in our network.