An exchange at eye level, mutual respect for each other and an honest interest in the realities on the ground are the strong fundaments of our collaboration with partner organisations that empower people to help themselves.
How does EcoSolidar work?
A long lasting positive change can only be achieved by empowering local communities in their autonomous actions. EcoSolidar only supports projects that are initiated by local people in their own organisations. These projects are sustainable because they have evolved out of a personal initiative. Often small steps are sufficient for a fundamental change and no expensive foreign consultants are necessary. This is why EcoSolidar also encourages and supports projects with small budgets and a high amount of self-help.
To us development is always strongly linked to a process of liberation and the redistribution of knowledge and power. That’s why solidarity and cooperation constitute key aspects of our work: by bringing people together that work on similar goals, we enable them to exchange their experiences and practical knowledge.
EcoSolidar and our partner organisations maintain a cooperation at eye level that takes into account the respective context of the partner. This is maintained through good and bad times, and we aim to respond to the initiative of the partners with openness and interest. In Switzerland structural changes are also absolutely necessary in order to improve the opportunities for people here as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Just as everywhere marginalized social groups do exist and are excluded from social development. In this sense we at EcoSolidar can learn a lot from the experience and knowledge of the partner
Bee Chhon Sros
Director BSDA, Kambodscha
ECOSOLIDAR IS AN ASSOCIATION – JOIN US NOW!
EcoSolidar, founded in 1986, is a non-profit organisation with 2000 members and over 16,500 donors. EcoSolidar is supported by cantons, cities, municipalities, foundations, parishes, companies and third world shops. The board members include experts in the area of projects and evaluation, human resources, finances, advertisement and communication, law, politics and psychology.
The INFO informs about the projects of EcoSolidar on a regular basis. In March the annual report and the annual financial statement is published. Thereby the project work and the use of the donations is publically reported. The board members control and decide on running projects. An independent trust agency controls the financial statement and the ZEWO (Swiss monitoring agency for charitable fundraising) gives EcoSolidar accreditation in the form of a seal of quality.
EcoSolidar also establishes networks in Switzerland in order to allow for a knowledge transfer with the partner organisations in the south. If need be EcoSolidar will collaborate with other Swiss organisations.
You will find the statutes of the association here.
Marie-Therese Fasser (Compliance Officer)
ACTUARY & COMMUNICATION
FURTHER BOARD MEMBERS
Diether Grünenfelder (Gründer und ehemaliger Geschäftsleiter. Also board member of fair-fish.)