- International Solidarity Foundation
Founded in 1970, the International Solidarity Foundation (ISF) is a Finnish Non-Governmental Organization which implements development co-operation projects in Nicaragua, Uganda and Somaliland.
Through long-term projects in the partner countries, ISF aims at improving the living conditions of the poorest sectors of society, particularly women and children. In all projects, ISF encourages women to participate in the development of their own community. The main objective is to strengthen women’s social, economic and political status and to provide the poorest people with opportunities for decent work.
ISF is a partner of the Finnish Partnership Agreement Scheme funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Around 150 000 people in three countries benefit from the work of ISF.
The goals of the ISF are:
- to reduce poverty
- to support democratic development
- to promote equality and human rights
ISF projects are based on the needs of the communities in which they are carried out and the people who benefit from them always take part in the planning process. The foundation’s partners are established local Non-Governmental Organizations. The ISF tries to improve the efficiency of its work in partner countries by means of training and projects that increase self-sufficiency of the communities.
85 % of ISF’s development programme is funded by the Finnish Ministry for foreign Affairs. ISF’s total yearly budget is approximately 2,5 million euros. More than 20 000 Finns support the ISF financially or by following its work.