Diakonia - People change the world
21-year-old Ajarata Zida in Burkina Faso is the head of the painting section at a motorcycle assembly plant. Thanks to the vocational training from the Diakonia partner organization ATTOUS, she is today financially independent and a role model for young girls. Photo: Philip Kawode Akangbo


Diakonia's work is funded by gifts and donations from individuals and congregations in Sweden, and grants from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the EU, UN, embassies, the Swedish Postcode Lottery and other international donors.

93 per cent directly to field work

Ninety-three per cent of the donations that Diakonia receives go directly to our operations (2014). The main part of these funds is used for long-term development work focused on our policy themes: human rights, democratisation, gender equality, social and economic justice and conflict and justice.

Why does it cost money to mediate aid?

Six percent of Diakonia's overall financial turnover is used for administration (2014). Some of these resources go to salaries and office rents, while others are used to cover the costs of planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting on our work.

Costs of fundraising in Sweden

One percent of Diakonia's annual turnover is used for fundraising activities in Sweden (2014).

Thanks to an agreement with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Diakonia recieves additional funding (up to SEK* 9) for each SEK donated to us. This means that a donation made to Diakonia is often multiplied several times.

* SEK is the abbreviation of the Swedish currency, the krona.