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1. Basis for Development Cooperation and the Role of CSOs

Development cooperation aims at reducing poverty and eliminating global inequality in order to increase human well-being in the global South and justice in the world.

The Finnish development policy is based on a human rights-based approach. Rights-based development cooperation is established with the principles of solidarity and joint responsibility. Developing countries have the right to develop, and developed countries, on the other hand, have the obligation to ensure development is possible in the way these countries prefer.

Global cooperation between nations began with the formation of the United Nations (UN). Since then development cooperation has grown into a huge aid machinery influencing also to the development cooperation carried out by civil society organisations (CSOs). The aim for these organisations should be to support and promote a viable civil society. This way CSOs can, besides contributing to the reduction of poverty, enhance active citizenship and promote the development of democracy and good governance.

Case: This is WEETU

Tanzanian civil society organisation WEETU (Wings, Environment, Education, Transformation Unit) educates communities to use their environment sustainably. Robert Fumito tells the story of WEETU.

Case: Story of SAWA from Tanzania