More than one billion men and women live their lives in extreme poverty. That is: they have to survive on less than one US dollar a day. The gap between rich and poor countries is enormous, and also within countries the gaps between rich and poor are often huge. Poverty and the gaps between rich and poor are not due to the lack of resources, but instead to the unjust distribution of resources.
The problem is not the lack of resources but the distribution
Globally, there are enugh resources to sustain all people on the planet. Today the rich world over consumes the planet's resources and sustainability, at the same time as it locally often lacks enough resources to even satisfy people's most basci need of food and water.
Work for sustainable change
There are many reasons for the unfair distribution and use of resources. Diakonia works for a sustainable change of political and social structures that create, preserve and deepens the gap between rich and poor – both between and within conuntries. We strive to create equal and just conditions for all men and women to live their lives in dignity.
Politics that favour the poor
In Sweden and the EU we mobilize and build opinion for politics that favour the poor. In different ways, we challenge descision makers to live up to their promises for a fair and sustainable development. One way of doing this, is by presenting realistic and constructive alternatives to the current politics.
Our actions are based on the knowledge and inspiration we gather from our over 400 partner organisations around the world. Many of the organisations that Diakonia co-operate with work for social and economic justice on local, national and global level.