Interpedia’s Development Cooperation includes development cooperation projects, sponsorship programs and global education work.
Our work promotes the realization of child rights especially by education, child protection and family support in seven countries: Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa and Thailand. Interpedia works in close cooperation with local partner organizations in these countries.
- an independent Finnish NGO, with no international umbrella organization
- reputable local partner organizations, who know the circumstances and needs of their respective countries
- long-term experience in development cooperation and our countries of operation
- ethical ways of working that take into account the best interest of the child
- as a donor you know which country and project your support goes to
Interpedia’s Development Cooperation
- 14 partner NGOs in seven cooperation countries
- approximately 5000 children and 300 families get direct support annually and thousands of other children also benefit from our work
- activities implemented in approximately 120 schools in our cooperation countries annually
Interpedia’s development cooperation work is guided by specific objectives and priorities that we concentrate on during the program period 2017 – 2020. The goal of Interpedia’s development cooperation is the realization of the rights of the child for every child and Interpedia’s development cooperation as a whole aims at this. We support our local partners in their work for promoting children’s rights to a balanced childhood, safe growing environment and quality education in the cooperation countries.
- right to education
- right to protection
- right to an adequate standard of living for physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development of the child
Policies of Interpedia’s development cooperation
Professional ways of working
The work of Interpedia and our partners is based on strong expertise and working for the realization of child rights also requires good governance. In 2017, a minimum of 76 cents per every euro donated was used to help children in our cooperation projects. No more than 24 cents was used to for fundraising and necessary support activities such as: monitoring project activities and handling of reports, staff salaries, mailing and communication expenses, fundraising permit, bank fees of money transfers and billing. The most cost-effective way of donating is a regular monthly donation.
We monitor the quality of our work
- Our partners report to us on a regular basis: partner NGOs send us narrative and financial reports two to four times per year as well as an audit report by an external auditor annually. Interpedia will not send new financial support until the use of the previous installment has been reported.
- We regularly conduct monitoring trips to cooperation countries. Meeting face-to-face enables functioning relations and co-operation as well as the development of activities. In addition, Finnish volunteers work with our Nepalese partner organizations every year.
- The development co-operation projects funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland are particularly closely monitored. We choose our project partners carefully and together apply for funding from the MFA. Several experts evaluate the project applications at the application phase. During project implementation, Interpedia reports on project progress, effectiveness and the use of support annually to the MFA, where the use of funds is closely monitored, including through comprehensive auditing. Moreover, independent external evaluators evaluate the success of the projects.
Our use of funds is monitored by:
- staff, board and accountants of Interpedia
- independent auditors
- auditors in cooperation countries
- authorities and partner NGOs in cooperation countries
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland
- National Police Board (the authority supervising fundraising in Finland)
The best interest of the child is the basis of our work
- We follow the ethical guidelines agreed upon by Finnish organizations working with child sponsorship
- We comply with an ethical way of communicating about our work, based on priorities like respecting the child being supported and protecting of their privacy
Conventions and program guiding Interpedia’s work:
- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
- UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (#4) and to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls (#5)
- UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action
- Development Policy Report by the Government of Finland
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