The Siemenpuu Foundation was founded in 1998 by 15 Finnish NGOs and foundations working with environmental and developmental issues. Between 2002 and 2017, Siemenpuu has funded more than 600 environmental projects in over 50 developing countries. The Foundation receives funding from the public development cooperation funds administered by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The Foundation’s budget for 2018 is circa 1 million Euros. for more..

India and Nepal: South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy




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During this programme period, Siemenpuu will call for proposals through five funding schemes:

  • A Just Transition to Ecological Democracy  —> SADED
  • Forests and Coastal Ecosystems
  • Biocultural Rights of Indigenous Forest Communities
  • Rural Women and Food Sovereignty
  • Climate and Energy Justice

During 2018-2021, projects will be funded in South and Southeast Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin America. The main focus countries are Brazil, Indonesia, India, Mali, Myanmar and Nepal, as in all these countries Siemenpuu has long-term experience, expertise and strong cooperation networks to other actors working with similar advocacy and donor activities nationally and internationally. After 2019, Siemenpuu will support activities in India without MFA’s funding.



Siemenpuu aims to support and promote civil society spaces to discuss, develop and present societal ideas and systemic alternatives locally and globally. Siemenpuu has experience in supporting this kind of action, but in the future such efforts are intensified and the needed coordination and cooperation between the different initiatives is promoted. Funding is directed to projects concerning ideas and alternatives for a systemic change both on global and local level.

Read more in the introduction to Siemenpuu’s development cooperation programme 2018-2021. There is also a background article on Buen vivir and information on mining. This funding scheme has been built upon experiences in the previous SADED-programme and Global dialogue programme.

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