The basis for the work of We Effect is the perception that poverty is not only lack of money, but also lack of power. This lack of power is one of the main obstacles for people living in poverty to improve their situation.

SDG: Sights set on 2030

We Effect works for a sustainable and just world free of poverty. Our strategic ambitions go hand in hand with the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN.

Supporting partners creating space

We Effect is a professional development organisation with extensive experience of working with democracy development and poverty reduction. We support our partners to create space in a number of ways.

Local partnership

Working in partnership with local member-based organisations is a fundamental aspect of the way we work. Supporting local organisations instead of individuals ensures long-term sustainable development.

Sustainable rural development

Sustainable rural development is We Effect’s largest thematic working area. We Effect supports smallholder farmers and their organisations. Our support is integral and includes organisational, business and production development.

Adequate housing and habitat

We Effect supports the growth of cooperative housing associations that are self-managed. We support organisations that defend and demand people’s right to adequate housing.


Coffee and gender equality give hope for the future

NICARAGUA. Antonieta Monzón and Victoria Talavera have worked for years in one of Nicaragua’s most important and male dominated industries – coffee production. Today, both are members of their coffee...

Finding alternatives to the factory floor

Half a million Cambodian women leave their homes and families every day to work in garment factories. We Effect’s new project is empowering women to find other, more sustainable sources...

Empowering women to become leaders

Through a regional program launched by We Effect, hundreds of women from Guatemala in the north to Paraguay in the south, have received training through women’s schools. Women have become...