Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid)
Stichting (foundation) Cordaid is one of the largest development aid organizations in the Netherlands.
Cordaid is the Dutch Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid. They aim at a just and sustainable world for everybody. Where they share our Global Common Goods, where they make space for diversity and where they work together with everyone who shares our values, interests and a common purpose.
They are an innovative, entrepreneurial and professional not-for-profit organization aiming at maximizing the social impact of our work in fragile and conflict affected areas.
What They Do
Cordaid’s programs are arranged according to the most pressing developmental themes in fragile contexts.
Empowering change agents
In fragile and conflict areas Cordaid rebuilds trust, resilience and self-reliance. They equip and empower local communities to set their peace and development agendas and become leaders of social transformation. They stimulate women’s leadership programs and they have a strong focus on entrepreneurs and youth, as they believe they are key change agents in establishing peace and prosperity.
Community-based system change
They help build government systems that are sustainable and responsive to community needs. They launched Results-Based Financing (RBF) for healthcare over a decade ago. In 2014 they successfully expanded RBF to education, and security and justice programs.
Cordaid has an excellent track record in pioneering innovative ways of funding. In fragile contexts, they promote a more resilient business climate through locally managed investment funds, serving the risk capital needs of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Our targeted training on core business skills helps local entrepreneurs to organize and access new markets.
Healthcare - Every two minutes, a mother dies during either pregnancy or delivery. Cordaid is improving the accessibility of healthcare using result based financing, which is supervised by the local population.
Humanitarian Aid - Disasters caused either by natural forces or by conflicts always hit the poorest the hardest. Cordaid has been working together with local communities to reduce the risk of disasters. It is our approach to follow-up rapid emergency aid during the occurrence of a disaster with sustainable development afterwards.
Economic Opportunities - Cordaid invests in entrepreneurship in post-conflict areas to enable people to shape their own futures as well as restructuring their societies. Said investments provide entrepreneurs with the opportunities to generate new means to achieve a durable peace.
Education - Cordaid provides care for children in vulnerable positions, such as orphans, children with disabilities, and homeless children. In addition, Cordaid provides a strong educational system that is supported by involved parents, teachers and authorities.
Security & Justice
Security & Justice - Establishing security in former conflict regions starts at community level.Cordaid enables people to organize themselves, and places them at the heart of the dialogue.
Resilience - Cordaid’s builds resilient communities in disaster-prone areas by helping them develop their capacity to mitigate the impact of disasters and reduce the risks of hazards.
Investments - What is the social return on your investments? Put your capital to work supporting enterprises, farms, building projects or healthcare. Cordaid’s professionals are working on risk management and optimization with over 100 microfinance institutions and funds in 12 countries.