Organization for Development Cooperation
the Dutch Interchurch organization for development cooperation, is
one of four Dutch co-financing organizations. With money from Dutch
and European governments in particular, ICCO finances projects in
about sixty countries in Africa and the Middle East, in Latin America
and the Caribbean, in Asia and the Pacific, in Central and Eastern
Europe, and in Central Asia.
ICCO's mission is to work towards a world where poverty and injustice
no longer exist. Many people in the so-called developing countries
live in a situation which prevents them from developing and which
does not do them justice. Either they do not have the means, or the
political climate of their country does not permit them to develop.
Sometimes the problems seem insurmountable: famines, desertification,
deforestation, violence, discrimination, and social isolation drive
people into a vicious circle.
there are always people who never say die. They keep on fighting,
they keep on organizing themselves and their fellow-sufferers against
all odds, they keep on making plans; in short, they keep on going.
ICCO is there to support them in their struggle.
in day out, the people of ICCO's partner organizations are busy giving
their lives and those of their poorest compatriots a new direction.
Sometimes these trajectories take prolonged periods of time. Sometimes
small, practical things are at stake. Partner organizations, however,
always look for structural solutions that are effective over extended
periods of time.
organizations do not ask ICCO to solve all their problems. They want
to find their own solutions and make them effective.
is ICCO's mission to give them that support. ICCO does this by making
money available in the form of donations and loans. By doing so, ICCO,
in cooperation with its partner organizations, is working towards
a world without poverty, and without injustice. The results are showing.
They are not always spectacular, but they come at a steady pace.