Diakonia - People change the world
Annabelle Waititu is a passionate changemaker in Kenya. As a coordinator at the Institute of Environment & Water, a Diakonia partner organization, she fights for people’s access to clean water and women’s rights. Photo: Markus Marcetic

Working for change

In Diakonia’s work for change we strive to establish long-term commitment with our partner organizations and to support people in finding ways out of poverty and oppression.

Long-term commitment

The expression ‘long-term commitment’ may be most important expression to use when describing how Diakonia works. Both we and the change makers in our global network know that it is possible to change the world, but we also know that it takes time and requires tenacity and persistence. The partner organizations we cooperate with normally receive our support over several years.

A driving force for change

“People changing the world” is our motto, with ‘people’ referring to the poor and oppressed, who, through support from Diakonia and our partners, find ways to transcend poverty. They are courageous and competent people who turn their anger at injustice into a driving force for change. They know what needs to be changed and how it can be done. Diakonia’s task is to help them reach their goals.

Other change makers are the enthusiastic people in Sweden who raise money for Diakonia and arrange debates, seminars and events. They help spread information while playing an important role in the work towards achieving a more just world.

Our goal: a life in dignity

We have a working dialogue with our partner organizations. They know what they need in the location in which or on the level at which they work. It is Diakonia’s task to meet these needs and help partners organizations meet their goals. We are able to contribute with funds, capacity building and participation in networks. In short, we want to provide our partners with whatever they need to help people live a dignified life marked by justice and security.

We cooperate with many different types of organizations. Some work on securing livelihoods in villages or communities, while others work globally to change the structures that cause poverty. The mix of partners provides strength and knowledge. Our partner organizations can also support each other.