Audience at the World Village Festival.
Andrea Balogh

Kepa in a nutshell

Kepa is a platform for Finnish civil society organizations and an expert on global development issues. With more than 300 members focusing on development cooperation, global education or advocacy work, Kepa brings people together to take action for a just world.

We believe that it's possible to solve the greatest development challenges of our era from climate change to inequality and poverty by making the right political decisions. We need democratic ownership for creating ambitious politics and policies which is impossible without strong and vibrant civil society ‒ and each one of us.

See our strategy and programme, and main documents.

Building CSOs capacity

Kepa's more than 300 members form a diverse field representing different types and sizes of organisations. What unites these actors are shared values and work or interest for global development issues. Our role is to make members stronger civil society actors by offering training, advisory services and opportunities for networking and cooperation. Our training and learning events reach 1500 participants each year.

Kepa also belongs to or works with many international networks.

Offering spaces and opportunities for action

Kepa brings CSOs and active citizens together through different events and discussion platforms. The biggest of all Kepa's events is the World Village Festival organized once a year in May. Being a mix of multicultural music and art festival and CSO event with hundreds of debates on global development issues, the World Village Festival provides a platform for more than 400 CSOs to present their work and attracts about 80 000 visitors on annual level.  

Our own communication channels provide understandable information with fresh viewpoints digging into the development issues of the day. Join us for changing the world or find new meaningful activities through Kepa!

Kepa + Kehys = Fingo

Kepa and The Finnish NGDO Platform to the European Union, Kehys formed a new umbrella organization in June 2018. The new organization will be called Finnish Development NGOs - Fingo and will focus on global justice and sustainable development. Fingo forms an umbrella organization for more than 300 member organizations working in the areas of development cooperation and global education. New name, web site and visual identity will be launched in late November 2018.