My name is Joonas Rundgren and as of today, I am a volunteer lawyer at Task Force Detainees of the Philippines, a Philippine human rights organization defending political detainees and prisoners.
Besides offering legal help, one of the objectives of my work is to act as a link that improves understanding about the operational environment and facilitates cross-cultural communication between the partner organisations of the volunteer programme. Writing this blog is a part of that task.
This blog is about human rights defending at the grass-roots of the Philippine NGO field.
The volunteer program in a nutshell
Kepa is the umbrella organisation for Finnish civil society organisations (CSOs) who work with development cooperation or are otherwise interested in global affairs. ETVO is a Kepa volunteer programme that channels volunteers to CSOs in the South. These CSOs must already have an existing cooperation relationship with a Finnish CSO that is a member of Kepa.
In my case, the Finnish-Philippine Society (FPS) is cooperating with Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and my role as an ETVO volunteer is to strengthen the capacities of both CSOs by supporting TFDP at their daily work and by contributing also to FPS’s work. Most of all, the programme is about reciprocal learning between Kepa, FPS, TFDP and Me.