We realise our global responsibility by carrying out development cooperation work in southern Africa and in the wider European area.

Global influence

The Helsinki Deaconess Institute conducts international development cooperation aimed at reducing poverty and strengthening the situation of the most vulnerable groups of people in societies. In addition,  the international unit supports other local development projects. The aim of our work is to enable everybody to have the right to participation and agency.

We are operating on the continent of Africa in Namibia and in Somalia, as well as in the wider European region in Belarus, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.

Our international work focuses on the following priorities:

  • Young as future makers – Our activities enable young people to find employment in their societies.
  • Enabling the wellbeing and agency of returning migrants – We provide sustainable livelihoods and wellbeing in the migrant and returning migrant communities.
  • Supporting the rights and equal participation of minorities – We strengthen the rights and political participation of minorities in different societies.

In all our work, we support entrepreneurial skills and equal participation in digitalisation.

Strategy of the International Work

Our development cooperation and international work are run with funding from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the Parish Union of Helsinki, Emmaus Helsinki, Emmaus Tammisaari, Emmaus Åland and the European Commission.

Contact information

Eija-Riitta Kinnunen, Director, International Affairs
Tel. +358 50 504 688830

Christina Nyback, Programme Coordinator
Tel. +358 40 708 0552

Pirjo Sääskilahti, Programme Coordinator
Tel. +358 50 578 1304

Anca Enache, Development Manager
Tel. +358 50 578 1301

Maria Dorofte, Project Manager
Tel. +358 50 401 1212