We believe in Mozambican communities with participatory decision-making mechanisms and who have the ability to lead local development processes, promote dialogue and partnership among themselves and with the State, civil society and the private sector to achieve their development.
The Foundation for Community Development is a private, non-profit institution working to build the capacity of communities with the objective of overcoming poverty and promoting social justice in Mozambique.
The values defended by the FDC arise from the convictions shared by its founding members. They represent aspirations and desires about what the Foundation is and what it wants to continue being, what it wants to be like. What it wants to do as an institution providing added value to a country that is in need of everything in order to grow and to continue affirming what it has been doing within the country and internationally. These are the values defended by its members and collaborators, and shared with the partners with whom it works for the development of Mozambique.
- Respect for the human being
The rights of the human being, comprising specific values derived from their culture, their education, their beliefs, their religion and emotions, their perspective on life and their vision of the future can never be questioned, no matter what the FDC does. On the contrary, they must be absorbed, learned, valued and transformed, making a positive contribution to promoting human rights in Mozambique in general and in communities where FDC is working in particular.
This is the value that determines what the FDC is. Solidarity is not a relationship where some people are dependent on others. It is a relationship of shared visions, knowledge, capacity and resources with a common objective: to strengthen Mozambican communities, families and individuals, to eradicate poverty and to establish social justice in Mozambique.
- Social Justice
Social justice is not merely the justice imposed by law. It is a value intrinsic to each individual and each organization. It is the creation of social relations of equity between men and women, between different cultures, ethnic groups, religions, between people with different economic power or from different social groups, but united by their nature as social beings.
We must roll up our sleeves and get down to work. Only through work, a lot of work and dedication, can we introduce change, improve standards of living, put family, community or country on the road to development.
Each FDC member, each collaborator, makes his or her work a flag that must be transmitted to communities and partners. Without this collective effort, resources, solidarity and social justice will not produce the intended results.
We must be able to understand that Mozambican communities are the reason the FDC exists, and that the foundation is accountable to them for its actions. Moreover, honesty also means that FDC’s collaborators and partners must dedicate all their capacity and knowledge to carrying out the institution’s mission transparently and with respect for ethical and moral principles.
There are no preconceived or perfect patterns or formulae for fighting poverty, for mobilising and building the capacity of communities or to strengthen partners. So every FDC member and collaborator must be creative and dynamic in order to drive forward the poorest communities, families and individuals and involve them in the search for their own development solutions.