Below you will find a short introduction to the work of Diakonia, our regional office in the Middle East, and our International Humanitarian Law Programme.
What is Diakonia?
Diakonia is an international development organization composed of a global network of people, organisations and churches working towards more people living a life in dignity. The organisation was founded in Sweden in 1966. Commonly, Diakonia does not carry out any projects of its own, but supports local partners. We support 400 partner organisations in about 30 countries.
Diakonia's goal is a democratic world in which living standards for the most vulnerable people are improved, and human rights and equality are respected.
Middle East regional office
The regional office in
Diakonia’s work is carried out by local partners. We implement projects ourselves only in a few cases. The local partners are the most efficient to carry out the projects as they are present locally and know the culture and the language.
Diakonia has been supporting development in the
As all work of Diakonia, the projects in the
There is also a focus on special areas of work in order to have a greater impact and be able to do networking in the region. The areas focused on in the
International Humanitarian Law Programme
Diakonia’s IHL programme aims at increasing respect for and further implement international humanitarian law in Israel/Palestine, as a means to improve the humanitarian situation, and create a possibility for peace in the region. Lack of knowledge and lack of political will are usually the main reasons for not respecting international humanitarian law. Through this programme, funded by Sida, the Swedish International Development Agency, Diakonia addresses the issue of lack of knowledge and awareness to IHL.
The Wall near Baqa el Sharquia, October 2003.