DanChurchAid is a faith-based and ecumenical, non-missionary organisation rooted in the Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church.
DanChurchAid carries out its work with the objective, "To help and be advocates of oppressed, neglected and marginalised groups in poor countries and to strengthen their possibilities of a life in dignity."
DanChurchAid works within four interlinked programme types:
- Active Citizenship
- The Right to Food
- Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Reduction
- Humanitarian Mine Action and Safer Communities
Working with local partners
DanChurchAid’s work is based on cooperation with local partners, who are generally in the best position to know and assess the local context. The partnership model ensures that our emergency and development work effectively targets the poorest and that activities become locally sustainable.
We implement our own humanitarian mine action programmes and in some cases emergency aid activities, but in most cases we work through local partners who are often members of the ACT Alliance. Ensuring high quality, capacity building and organisational development of local partners is an important cross-cutting component of DCA’s work.
Rights and gender equality
DCA is committed to promoting rights-based development and gender equality in all of our programmes. The drive to promote the interests and rights of the poorest, most marginalised and discriminated men and women is interlinked with our core values. Being accountable towards rights holders is a key priority for us.
In practice our focus on rights and gender equality means:
- Support poor and discriminated men and women’s political and social chances of changing their own situation, focusing on equal access to active participation and influence as regards decision-making processes and mechanisms on all levels
- Support the responsible authorities and institutions’ chances of and obligation to act in a positive manner and to respect the interests and rights of the most marginalised men and women
- Actively promote equality for marginalised groups, focusing especially on gender issues, and prevent all kinds of discrimination against poor men and women
- Support poor men and women’s access to legal counselling and justice
- Support the use of international human rights standards and mechanisms in order to promote respect for poor people’s rights
- Make it possible for the partners and teams we collaborate with to participate in an active and meaningful manner in all decision-making processes regarding our working relationship
- Ensure that rights and equality principles apply to all of our organisational principles and procedures