Cordaid is an internationally operating value-based emergency relief and development organisation, working in and on fragility. We stand with those who are hit hardest by poverty and conflict. We support them in their struggle to move beyond survival and to fully participate in equitable and resilient societies.
Global crises increasingly challenge human co-existence and undermine our common future. Climate change, growing inequalities and wealth disparity, armed conflict, food insecurity, declining democratic and civic space are among the most important ones. More than 1.6 billion people live in fragile and conflict-affected settings. 80 million people are forcibly displaced. They are hit hardest by these crises. In their daily life, they search for safety and freedom, shelter, a doctor when needed, an income, and even food for the next day. Their quest is universal: to live in dignity.
Cordaid does not accept this world of inequality and exclusion. We believe a world where everyone can live life in dignity is possible. Where people can break through barriers of poverty and exclusion, and influence decisions that affect them. A world with an economy not driven by greed and growth, but by inclusivity, social justice, and gender equality. That world is our goal. We work towards it in everything we do.
We believe all humans are a single family and the earth with all its resources is our common home.
We focus on fragility
We operate in the fragile and volatile settings of countries like South Sudan, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Where communities and governments alike struggle to absorb and mitigate economic, political, and environmental shocks and risks. And where a lot of citizens do not have access to even basic services or food security. This can be due to poverty, armed conflict, power imbalances, or, as is often the case, a combination of root causes.
We address these causes of fragility. By supporting local communities, service providers, and frontline aid workers in creating food security, offering healthcare and education, assuring security and justice, and promoting gender equality. We empower people economically, facilitate job creation, and foster inclusive economic growth.
We foster local ownership
With a thousand dedicated professionals working in the world’s most fragile areas, an annual turnover of more than 200 million €, and a longstanding track record – we started in 1914 -, we have the resources, the skills, and the networks to make positive change happen. Even in the toughest and most desperate of circumstances. We do this by fostering local ownership wherever we work, and by collaborating as much as possible with local organisations, governments, and the private sector. Localising humanitarian assistance and development cooperation – by giving prominence and funding to local responders and professionals – increases the efficiency of interventions and counters power imbalances within the development sector.
We link relief and development
Where disasters strike, we also offer humanitarian assistance. Wherever we can we combine the longer-term improvement of health care systems, food security, economic opportunities and disaster resilience, and the promotion of security and justice with life-saving humanitarian assistance.
We are inspired by Christian social traditions
We have emerged from the Christian social traditions, are a founding member of Caritas and CIDSE, and have been invited to become a member of ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together). The values of human dignity, justice, compassion, and care for the planet – our common home – guide us in our work. They inspire us to reach out to the poor and the excluded, regardless of race and religion.
Faith, for us, is a force that connects and binds people of all backgrounds. The universal value of compassion is embraced by all religions and beliefs. More than ever, this is a source of solidarity that can bridge divides.
Worldwide partner network
Worldwide, we seek and promote alliances of civil society organisations, as well as the public and the private sectors. We have 361 funding and implementing partners. While we work across sectors and on different levels, everything we do is embedded in local communities. We work with local professionals and experts and use innovative digital and financial methods to increase our impact. The Sustainable Development Goals are our guideline to collaborate across the globe and achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
We are grateful for the financial support from our private and institutional donors. Major donors like the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO, formerly DFID), the Global Fund, the World Bank, and the European Commission have trusted our capacities and expertise, both in the past and for the years to come. We also cherish our loyal donor base of nearly 250,000 individuals in the Netherlands.