Taksvärkki’s operational focus is on young changemakers and equality, especially gender equality and disability inclusion.
Taksvärkki’s operations and development cooperation aim at social change. Young people activate themselves to defend their rights and develop their communities. At the same time, adults provide better opportunities for this.
Global citizenship education and development communications are also key elements of Taksvärkki’s development cooperation programme. The programme aims to increase the capabilities of Finnish youth to take action in the global framework, and to promote solidarity. Due to global interdependencies, improved well-being and the participation of young people in developing countries also benefit Finns. The message of the programme to Finnish youth is that their actions have global significance, supporting their growth as active global citizens.
The development cooperation programme 2022–2025 describes more specifically the principals and goals of Taksvärkki’s (ODF Finland) activities. Programme is funded by programme support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Development Cooperation Programme 2022–2025
During the 2022–2025 program period Taksvärkki’s development cooperation programme will be implemented in Guatemala, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Zambia. It will be implemented by local youth organisations, supporting them to strengthen local civil society. This cooperation requires shared values and objectives to promote active citizenship.
Taksvärkki works closely with partner organisations, in particular to strengthen their capacities. In addition to projects with partner organisations, Taksvärkki’s development cooperation consists of global education and development communication in Finland. The ODW programme is based on the rights, needs and choices of young people in vulnerable situations. Its objective is social change, in which young people, supported by duty-bearers, become active in developing their own lives and communities.
Each year, the programme activities provide more than 2,000 young people in vulnerable situations with the opportunity for education and for becoming active in developing the communities in which they live. The common objective of all programme partners is to empower young people, promote youth participation in society and defend youth rights. The target groups include girls who have dropped out of school, youth living and working on the street and students living in remote areas. Special focus during the programme period will be on improving the disability inclusion capacity of partners and promoting the participation of youth with disabilities. Special attention will also be paid to strengthening the advocacy work carried out by partner organisations.
Taksvärkki's ethical principles and operating instructions for personnel, board members, volunteers and others acting on behalf of the organization. Ethical principles of ODW Finland (pdf). Do you want to know more or express concerns? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
External evalution of Taksvärkki's Development Cooperation Programme was completed in December 2020. You can download the evaluation report on this page:
Taksvärkki Program Evaluation 2020, final report (pdf-tiedosto)
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