What is Siemenpuu?

The Siemenpuu Foundation provides support to environmental and democracy initiatives done by civil society actors in the South and is a development communication actor in Finland. The projects supported by Siemenpuu are tackling poverty and inequality and reduce the loss of biological diversity and climate emissions. The projects are planned and implemented locally by NGOs in the South. Local organisations are also supported by Siemenpuu in their networking and capacity building.

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.

Global environmental threats are a result from the increase in wealth especially in rich countries, which transfer majority of the environmental impacts of their lifestyles to the South. Underlying causes for environmental degradation are the modern industrial culture, economy based on continuous growth, increasing social inequality, and the economical technological outlook on nature.  

The Siemenpuu Foundation promotes recognising the root causes of complex environmental and social issues, higlighting causal relations, and acting upon the actual causes. The Foundation aims to long-term cooperation with our Southern partners and to increase interaction based on equality. At the same time, attempts are made to deepen substantial dialogue on environmental issues and NGO cooperation between the South and the North.

During the period 2016–2021, Siemenpuu Foundation's work is guided by the Long-term Action Plan 2016–2021 (LTAP) (pdf, 0.1 Mb), approved by the Foundation's executive board. LTAP describes the context and conditions of Siemenpuu Foundation's work and outlines the Foundation's goals and methods. Information on Siemenpuu's current development cooperation programme 2018-2021 and its five thematic funding schemes can be found in the What we do menu.

In 2017, Siemenpuu commissioned an external assessment on its work in supporting the Environmental Social Movement in the South between 2010 and 2016. You can read the press release and download the review report here. Ministry for the Foreign Affairs has during 2016-2017 evaluated all major Finnish development CSOs, including Siemenpuu. You can find the MFA evaluation reports here.

Siemenpuu's books can be found at Publications webpage and events organized by Siemenpuu are listed on the Events webpage and on facebook page, where you can find also news from Siemenpuu's partners in the South. Videos produced by Siemenpuu and partners can be found on our vimeo account.