The Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (SFFP)

For Fairtrade and many significant players in international development, the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), have provided a focus for our efforts. We worked with several organizations to enhance our contribution toward achieving the MDGs and addressing the world’s most pressing development challenges.

Fairtrade International’s commitment to the MDGs is also expressed through the Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (SFFP). The SFFP covered Fairtrade’s major objectives from 2008 to 2013:

-          To strengthen the global Fairtrade system with regards to maximising direct impact and leveraging wide changes,

-          To broaden the scope of Fairtrade with regards of producers, products and countries covered, and

-          To deepen the impact of Fairtrade with regards to increasing the value for producers from participating in Fairtrade.

The Strategic Fairtrade Funding Programme (SFFP) has been financed by a consortium of Donor agencies including:

  • DFID - UK Department for International Development
  • ICCO - Inter-Church Organization for Development Cooperation, Netherlands
  • Irish Aid
  • NORAD - Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • SECO - Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs

The first phase of this programme concluded successfully in 2009. The second phase ended in 2013. A final evaluation of SFFP phase II (2009-2013) was carried out by the Netherlands-based consultancy firm Aidenvironment, an organization known for its expertise in the area of sustainable development and sustainable value chains. The evaluation accounted for the investments made and learning for improvement going forward.

The report (available here) highlights Fairtrade’s strategic progress in recent years.

Fairtrade International’s leadership welcomes the findings of this external evaluation, which accurately reflects the achievements and the areas where Fairtrade faces challenges. The report is a rich and constructive resource with targeted recommendations that will help move Fairtrade forward in developing and implementing our strategic framework beyond 2015. We thank Aidenvironment for their work on the evaluation, and the SFFP consortium for their vital support and guidance.

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