About us

    Cordaid is one of the largest development aid organizations in the Netherlands.

    Focus on fragility

    Today about 1.2 billion people live in countries affected by fragility. In fragile and conflict- affected situations fundamental human needs go unsatisfied. However challenging it may be, we cannot turn our back on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Cordaid believes that no one should be excluded from safety, basic services like healthcare and opportunities.

    How we make the change

    Cordaid’s programs are arranged according to the most pressing developmental themes in fragile contexts.

    Empowering change agents

    In fragile and conflict areas Cordaid rebuilds trust, resilience and self-reliance. We equip and empower local communities to set their peace and development agendas and become leaders of social transformation. We stimulate women’s leadership programs and we have a strong focus on entrepreneurs and youth, as we believe they are key change agents in establishing peace and prosperity.

    Community-based system change

    We help build government systems that are sustainable and responsive to community needs. We launched Results-Based Financing (RBF) for healthcare over a decade ago. In 2014 we successfully expanded RBF to education, and security and justice programs.

    Social enterprising

    Cordaid has an excellent track record in pioneering innovative ways of funding. In fragile contexts, we promote a more resilient business climate through locally managed  investment funds, serving the risk capital needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Our targeted training on core business skills helps local entrepreneurs to organize and access new markets.

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