Members of a village cooperative gathering water at the well at a pre-school outside Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Photo by Anders Hansson.

Members of a village cooperative gathering water at the well at a pre-school outside Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Photo by Anders Hansson.

Alleviating poverty together

We Effect (formerly Swedish Cooperative Centre) was funded in 1958. We are a development cooperation organisation applying a long-term, rights based approach in order to effect change.

Our guiding principle is support to self-help initiatives. We work in 25 countries across four continents, from Guatemala, via Zambia and Moldova to the Phillipines. Our focus areas are Rural development, Housing, Gender equality and Access to land.

There are no shortcuts out of poverty. Therefore, the key factor in everything we do is Togetherness. Poverty can be alleviated by empowering individuals and organisations, creating improved income levels, better and more sustainable farming, adequate housing and equal rights for all.

We know that people find ways out of poverty by working together. For this reason we support people to organise and acquire new knowledge. This, in turn, helps create the possibility to make a permanent move away from poverty.

We Effect? When people join together in order to help themselves.

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