Finn Church Aid
Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers
Finn Church Aid (FCA) is the largest development aid non-governmental organisation in Finland with field offices in 12 countries (including a regional Middle East office in Amman, Jordan). FCA is acting as legal representative and host of the Secretariat for the Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers (the Network). FCA has experience in grants with the EU and other institutional donors, and has active field operations in Middle East, Africa and Asia. It puts its administrative and financial management capacity at the disposal of the Network.
The Network cooperates with around 50 members and supporters ranging from grassroots peacemakers to international governmental and non-governmental organizations to academic institutes and research centres. The Network’s core mission is to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of human rights and peace efforts through strengthening local ownership and supporting the positive role of religious and traditional actors. Both the Network Secretariat and members of Network conduct activities, including research and training that address the knowledge gaps and provide support for evidence-based policy-making and programming for national governments, international organisations and communities alike.
In the PAVE project, FCA/the Network will lead WP7, creating tools for capacity building and peer-to-peer learning for relevant stakeholders seeking to address issues of violent extremism. In addition, the Network will also contribute to designing the research tools to ensure that the work of all partners is complementary, and can provide necessary input for WP7.