Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation
ICCO Cooperation is a global, non-governmental organization. We work towards a world in which people can live in dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice.
We believe a world with less poverty is possible. To achieve this we embrace two core principles:
- Securing sustainable livelihoods and
- Justice and dignity for all.
ICCO works with 4 themes. They are Economic Empowerment, Food Security and Sustainable Consumption, Responsible Business and Emergency Response. Climate mitigation, gender and the rights of marginalized groups are cross-cutting issues.
Food Security and Sustainable Consumption
ICCO has worked on food security programs for 50 years in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Between 2011 and 2015 we made sustainable improvements to the food security of over 200,000 rural households, with financial support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission and Netherlands embassies.
We have learned that a successful strategy consists of:
- Strengthening small-scale producers’ organizations
- Promoting inclusive and sustainable local food systems
- Promoting good nutrition
The Economic Empowerment Program is based on ICCO vision that all small producers and workers should be able to enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, to fulfill their potential and to decide on their own future. Because livelihood strategies of poor people are linked with market systems, we essentially work on transforming market systems. Using an inclusive market systems development approach, we aim to increase the capacity and resilience of local systems. We leverage the incentives and resources of the private sector, ensuring the beneficial inclusion of the very poor and stimulate change and innovation that continue beyond the project period. ICCO focus is on sustainable farming and agri-business value chains.
ICCO experiences that companies can be instrumental in achieving justice, equality and inclusive development. In order to become a driving force of fair economic development and social progress, businesses must work simultaneously to identity and mitigate risks on one hand, while maximizing shared value generation and aiming for systemic change on the other.
ICCO makes businesses aware of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) to respect human rights in their activities and supports businesses in their efforts to map human rights-violations, to solve and to prevent them. The government in the Netherlands and the government in developing countries play a key role. ICCO advocates at governments for laws, rules and enforcement, as well as for awareness of violations and the duty of governments to protect their citizens.
ICCO is a member of the ACT Alliance (Action by Churches Together), a worldwide network of churches and Christian NGOs. The ACT Alliance coordinates emergency aid in order for it to reach the people and places where it is needed most. The ACT Alliance offers help to victims regardless of their ethnicity, nationality, faith, gender or political conviction.
SHO (Emergency aid fundraising cooperative of Dutch NGOs)
Sometimes a (natural) disaster is so enormous that a lot of money is needed to address it well. In cases like that, ICCO and Kerk in Actie cooperate with other large Dutch NGOs to raise the necessary funds among the people in the Netherlands via Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO).
ICCO is also active in international network organizations ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies) and NGO Voice (Voluntary Organizations in Cooperation in Emergencies), organizations which advocate for independent emergency aid for everyone.
Dutch relief alliance
ICCO is, together with Kerk in Actie, part of the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA). The DRA responds to major international crises in a timely and effective manner. The Alliance is a cooperation of 14 Dutch NGO’s, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ICCO programs in Ethiopia
Through ICCO partners we want to boost local capacity in order to generate and diversify family income and provide access to good healthcare, water sanitation and hygiene facilities and education. Therefore we work on the two following programs:
- Fair Economic Development
- Fair Climate Water,
- Hygiene and Sanitation
- Basic Health and HIV Education
Since 2012, Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE fund) and Innovation Fund has supported 74 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. With a budget of over six million euro, three grant facilities were put in place. The fund focused on value chains such as horticulture, potato, poultry and aquaculture, silk, honey, animal feed, aloe soap and biogas.
Learn More at https://www.icco-cooperation.org/en/