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Institutional donors

Contributions from institutional donors are subject for Act Church of Sweden to continue our work. Institutional donors are very important to Act Church of Sweden.

Act Church of Sweden is the Church of Sweden's international development and aid agency and one of Sweden's largest fundraising organizations. Together with other churches, organizations, and thousands of volunteers all over the world, Act Church of Sweden works long-term against poverty, oppression and injustice and acts quickly in the event of a disaster. 

As a fundraising aid agency, Act Swedish Church is dependent on financial support from partners and donors. Institutional donors are very important to Act Swedish Church, approximately 45 percent of total income in 2021 was contributions from institutional donors.

Funding is a necessity for us to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals.

Act Church of Sweden is a strategic partner of Sida and has support from Sida CIVSAM, Sida HUM, Sida Info/Kom and from the Swedish Embassy in Ethiopia. Act Church of Sweden is leading an innovative financing project (IFIL) in Uganda and Kenya with support from Sida. We also receive funding from the EU (DEVCO, ECHO and the EU Trust fund in Colombia). We have a framework agreement with Radiohjälpen, support from several foundations and the Swedish Institute/Creative Force. 

Below we have chosen to highlight some of the important projects funded thanks to our institutional donors.

Projects funded by SIDA (Strategy for support through Civil Society)

  • Innovative Finance for Improved Livelihood
    Innovative Finance for Improved Livelihood (IFIL) is a Sida-financed pilot project aiming to strengthen Farmer Based Organisations (FBOs) in Kenya and Uganda. It focuses especially on women’s empowerment and aims to improve their livelihoods through capacity building and increased access to commercial loans and markets. IFIL is a five-year project, coordinated by Act Church of Sweden and implemented together with We Effect and Oikocredit.  
  • Christian Council in Tanzania
    In Tanzania, the Christian Council is organizing trainings on the negative effects of genital mutilation. Using local people to spread knowledge and work to influence at all levels of society, has been a key to change. These people have broken their silence and dared to make courageous decisions. By driving advocacy work in many different places in society, and by people themselves, the change is both effective and long-term. Genital mutilation is a deep-rooted tradition in Tanzania. Misinformation, such as that genital mutilation would protect children from getting diseases in the genital area, makes it even more difficult. In Tanzania, as many as 120 different ethnic groups coexist, each with their own cultural promises, customs and views of the world.
  • Actum
    SIDA Information and Communication supports Act Church of Sweden's work in Sweden, which includes informing and educating people in congregations about global issues and the sustainable development goals. A large part of Act Church of Sweden´s funding is fundraised through collections in churches and the organization depends on the un-paid work of thousands of volunteers. By this support, the web-site Actum was developed, with a lot of materials to be used by the volunteers.

Project funded by EU Trust Fund

The EU Trust Fund supports comprehensive rural development and social cohesion in Colombia (Caquetá, Guaviare, Cauca, Arauca and Tolima). The project is implemented by a collaboration among SweFOR, Diakonia, We Effect, the Lutheran World Federation, Forum Syd and Act Church of Sweden. The consortium has woked with rural communities in conflict-affected areas and in line with the peace agreement processes, particularly the omprehenisve rural development and illegal crop substitution aspects. The project has been implemented productive projects for rural development and the consortium has assisted in the promotion of peace and reconciliation through the protection, capacity-sharing and the meaningful participation of women and youth in decision-making processes.

Projects funded by Radiohjälpen

  • Act Church of Sweden has received funding from Radiohjälpen, a self-governing foundation within the Swedish public service broadcasting group. Through Radiohjälpens campaigns, Världens Barn (Children of the World) and Musikhjälpen (Music Aid), Act Church of Sweden has long-term impactful projects that change lives and alleviate suffering in countries like Myanmar and Somalia.
  • In Myanmar, Värdens Barn campaign and Act Church of Sweden have supported access to quality education for the children affected in Rakhine. The project includes access to Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) in friendly spaces as well as sexual and reproductive awareness sessions. Financial support from Musikhjälpen campaign has enabled Act Church of Sweden's support to human rights awareness-raising and livelihood for people with disabilities in Dadaab and Kismayu refugee camps, in Kenya and Somalia.

Projects funded by the SI Creative Force

  • SI Creative Force, Kenya
    The SI Creative Force project aims to provide children and youth in the Kakuma refugee camp with opportunities to express their dreams and challenges through music, drama and painting. It is about providing a safe space for psychosocial support, by participants being listened to and encouraged to express their feelings. By including children and youth from both the camp and surrounding communities, the project aims to contribute to increased social cohesion. By communicating the artistic output through various channels – e.g. community forums, murals, social media - local officials, leaders are expected to gain a deeper understanding of challenges facing youth and policy change.
  • SI Creative Force, Lebanon
    The project involves media literacy education and awareness for students, teachers, school principals, parents, and the wider community. The project increases understanding of how everyone can be a conscious media user, and how to protect themselves and others from harmful aspects of media. The emphasis is on participation and creativity from the youth, schools and communities reached by the project, with a core message being that countering hate speech is the responsibility of all.