Are you looking for a partner in the private sector? Matchmaking Platform lists over 50 Finnish companies that are potential partners for development NGOs. Take a look and start making contacts!
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Aion Sigma offers smart loans across Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya to provide entrepreneurs access to smartphones and develop their day-to-day business. The company has a good understanding of the development environment.
AirImpact develops solutions that enable transparent value transfer, be it donations, mobile airtime, digital money or digital coupons. They connect people and organizations with financial means to those who can create an impact within their local communities. The company has previous experience of working with NGOs and is interested to operate in all of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.
Arkki International has a long history in creativity training utilizing architecture and design projects as holistic, real-world phenomena providing learning experiences. In 2019 Arkki won the UNICEF CFCI Inspiration Award. Collaboration could include educational cooperation and creating a concept for local settings in the global south.
Biashara Africa is an e-commerce platform that empowers African small businesses and entrepreneurs to create sustainable livelihoods and employment opportunities. They have interests in African countries and other emerging markets.
Block Solutions Oy is a Finland-based company that has developed environmentally friendly block-modules. The block-modules are used to build sustainable and safe homes for people worldwide, thus fostering local well-being. The company is currently operating in Africa, but they are also interested in working elsewhere around the world.
Contact: Get in touch with Markus Silfverberg, founder of Block Solutions, via LinkedIn: https://buff.ly/2V5UwGO
We help organizations to move to the digital age to get donations by combining different mobile payment services. We help also people who want to donate to make safe, easy and fast mobile donations respecting privacy. We are interested to work in a wide variety of countries in South America, Africa and Asia.
Contact: Risto Kontturi, email@example.com
Cafetoria Roastery is an independent coffee roastery. The company seeks to support the farmers and says to aim at creating a more sustainable world. Potential collaboration could concentrate on coffee sourcing.
Claned is the most awarded online learning platform from Finland. Delivering engaging and effective online learning to more than 250 customers in over 40 countries, including UNEP, Santander Universities, Cavendish University Uganda/Zambia, and CAP Youth Empowerment Institute Kenya. Claned provides an easy to use and easy to set up learning platform, that supports learning and prevents dropout with a 97% completion rate, and a 97.1 positive learning experience.
Contact: Mariam Shodeinde, Mariam@claned.com
Durat focuses on durable products made from recycled plastic for kitchens, washrooms and other public environments. Collaboration with NGOs could potentially include co-designing and the launch of local production.
Econet provides services in water and environmental technologies worldwide – for instance, water purification systems. NGOs could use Econet’s products or co-create new ones for water and sanitation projects. The company is especially interested in working in Southeast Asia and North Africa.
Contact: Taina Dammert, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ekorent is a fully electric ride service in East Africa that also has its own application. An ethical and environmentally friendly alternative to Uber, which provides higher income to the drivers. Potential collaboration could include, for instance, driving training for locals to boost employment.
ESKO Finland Oy
ESKO is an engineering company that produces e.g. wheelbarrows, concrete mixers and carts. The production would be easily replicated in different areas and the company could be a suitable partner to develop solutions in the global south. Further, the company could potentially provide training.
Fanfaria Trading Company Oy
Fanfaria Trading Company focuses on import, export, wholesale and sales management of grocery, snack and food supplements. The company also imports dried fruits from the global south. The collaboration could focus on improving the company’s supply chains and possibly local employment.
Farmcomp has specialized in agricultural electronics. They have multiple products for agriculture: fencing systems and hygrometers, among others. The collaboration could be, for instance, implementing an agriculture project together in the global south.
FinnMedPro is a health service company whose owners are from Somalia. The collaboration could include health trainings in Somalia.
Finnzuri, focusing in media, communications and entertainment, is developing cooperation between East-Africa and Finland. The company is looking for grass-root level business development partners with ambition and has over ten years of experience working in the development field at East-Africa (especially Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda) scaling now to business.
Contact: Markku Liukkonen, email@example.com
Funzi is an award-winning mobile learning service from Finland. They partner with global industry leaders like Pearson and Facebook, NGOs and other organizations, to deliver high-quality learning for millions of people around the world.
Funzi’s learning service uses a combination of effective pedagogy and an engaging learning experience. They use the power of mobile to give everyone low-cost access to develop skills needed for better livelihood and happy and healthy lives. Courses on Funzi.mobi focus on personal development, career building, and sustainable development and include both Premium Pearson courses and free courses.
Contact: Tomi Saalasti, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Futurice, a company known for its unique culture, is specialized in the design of service processes, modern customized digital solutions and getting value out of data. Futurice has experience in designing and building awarded global level services, both physical and digital. Futuriceans seek to make an impact and are eager to work with NGOs.
Fuzu is a platform containing a large selection of open jobs, skills training, insights into the East African job market and tailored career advice. It operates in Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. The cooperation could e.g. include training to boost employment.
Goodio produces vegan craft chocolate in Helsinki. The company currently collaborates with a Kenyan NGO that helps fund programs for women and special needs children. Goodio also purchases cacao beans directly from farmers in Peru to support the local economy and to ensure transparency along with the sustainability.
GraphoGame is a personalized and captivating phonics tool that helps children learn and train letters, letter-sounds and blending. The game is based on an academically studied methodology and has been developed by linguists, neuropsychologists and speech pathologists to help children, including struggling readers, train their first and most fundamental skills in literacy. GraphoGame has been localized into multiple languages including English (British & American), French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Bahasa Indonesia, Cinyanja and Swahili by top universities around the world.
Contact: Mervi Palander, firstname.lastname@example.org
or +358 40 702 6998
Harvesting for Good East Africa
Harvesting for Good, East Africa provides the necessary tools and services in helping improve access to fresh, healthy local food, using innovative approaches in resilient and regenerative agriculture. They provide services in integrated landscaping both on urban and peri-urban scales. They are looking for partnerships so that they are able to scale their operations wider and create something unique within this sector. They would offer expertise within the scope of knowledge sharing and impact. This could involve hosting short webinars/ classes for staff members and setting up kitchen gardens.
Hublet is specialized in providing tablets for shared use – including the docking station and management software. Collaboration with NGOs could include utilizing tablets in educational environments.
Kaffa Roastery is a coffee roastery that emphasizes sustainability and ethical aspects. For instance, the company pays for their coffee producers more than the Fair Trade -standards. The collaboration could include e.g. coffee sourcing in the global south. They have experience from Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda among other areas.
Kometos produces modular food production facilities: thawing systems, tray packing and dosing -lines among others. Collaboration could include co-designing solutions relating to food security in the global south.
Laine Tommi Trading Oy
Tommi Laine Trading is a specialist in woodworking machinery and tools. Their main product is Slidetec – durable and mobile sawmill. The company has prior experience from Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya. The collaboration could include e.g. co-development of different tools and solutions with NGOs or training in sawmill operations.
Logonet is a versatile design and manufacturing company. They produce e.g. maternity packaging, working clothes and PPEs, and they have previously done a joint project in Kenya with World Vision in which they produced a maternity kit for demanding conditions. Collaboration could include co-developing also other similar product packages.
Contact: Mika Roini, email@example.com
Lunette produces menstruation cups. They have previously collaborated with Fida International (the cooperation has been sponsored by Finnpartnership) in East Africa. The collaboration has e.g. included training to the public about menstrual, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Future collaboration could be a similar project in other areas or continents.
Mehackit provides technology training, learning content and pedagogics. The company e.g. develops educational solutions and materials with the mission to make technology skills more equal. They have previous experience from several African countries and Colombia.
Merivaara is a health technology company. They produce e.g. hospital furniture. NGOs and the company could potentially co-develop new types of health-related concepts and solutions to be used in the global south.
mFarming by Sibesonke is a digital agriculture pioneer in Africa. The award-winning platform connects smallholder farmers with local SMEs and international corporations. mFarming also serves non-profit partners with sustainable public-private cooperation. Sibesonke brings “innovation, sustainability, staff in East Africa, software developers and a passion to make a change” to the collaboration.
Contact: Uwe Schwarz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mifuko manufactures bags in Kenya. The company has previously collaborated with the Finn Church Aid. Future collaboration with NGOs could include e.g. identifying new areas where to the company could expand their production.
Mirka is among the global leaders in abrasives technology and innovation. It produces abrasives, tools and polishing compounds. Collaboration could include, for instance, building a study program with local vocational schools and NGOs.
Molok produces modern waste management solutions. Their products are sold in more than 40 countries, including Namibia, Zambia, Angola, Nigeria and Congo. The company and NGOs could e.g. produce solutions or organize training together on waste issues in the global south.
Naps Solar Systems
Naps off-grid solutions are widely known for high quality and reliability and thus are used by B2B and B2C customers, governmental institutions and international NGOs since the 1980s. They offer strategic, tactical, humanitarian and telecommunications electricity solutions for off-grid and unstable grid distribution systems globally. The company has a strong experience of over 260 000 delivered solar systems to demanding conditions in over 140 countries on all continents, including Antarctica.
Contact: Markus Andersén, email@example.com
Nokia is a global company focusing on networks. Collaboration with NGOs could include improving networks in off-grid areas or developing new innovative solutions to fit local needs in the global south.
We are an IT software consulting company, which provides digital transformation by building scalable and performance-driven mobile and web applications. Our services: Mobile app development, digital marketing, web development, e-commerce, project outsourcing. We have offices both in India and in Finland.
Optomed is a medical technology company providing solutions to prevent blindness and with the mission to guarantee access to high-quality screenings and to eradicate unnecessary blindness globally. Collaboration could focus on, for instance, projects related to preventive healthcare (especially screening programs), eye health, diabetes and health education that utilizes their products.
Contact: Petri Huhtinen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Otava Learning is a leading Finnish learning content and services provider, providing educational content and services for the Finnish market. They also provide licensing services for our learning content and materials. With NGOs, the company could e.g. co-develop learning or educational services for students in different markets.
Contact: Markku Pelkonen, email@example.com or +358503103078
Pajat Solutions offers a mobile data management solution called Poimapper. It is a tool for organizations to monitor and collect data digitally. Pajat Solutions has previously worked in Africa and Asia e.g. with Plan International. Collaboration could include using their products in NGOs projects or customizing them to suit specific purposes.
Paulig is a family-owned food and beverage company, growing a new, sustainable food culture – one that is good for both people and the planet. It has prior experience of development cooperation for example, with Fair Trade in Ethiopia but also with other international NGOs in other sourcing countries. Collaboration could focus on projects linked to climate, circularity and human rights.
Contact: Lea Rankinen, Lea.Rankinen@paulig.com
Perfometer Supports Dairy Investors to start and to run profitable dairy enterprises by providing professional advice and consultancy services. They run an academy of dairy managers and an academy on dairy investors. They offer Dairy farm benchmarking, Dairy farm master plans, Cow barn design and construction supervision and on farm coaching. They have CowPRo, an agritech solution offering cowherd management and fodder sourcing application. Perfometer has previous and ongoing partnerships with NGOs and has interests In Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Ghana.
Perunamestarit Oy is a potato processing and development company. It has previous experience of working in Tanzania. Collaboration could include work around seed potatoes, training sessions and joint experiments.
Planmeca is a large manufacturer of dental equipment. It currently exports equipment and devices to several countries in the global south. Collaboration could include, for instance, education for dental hygiene.
Raute is a large technology and service company in the wood industry. It has experience from South America and Asia. Collaboration could involve e.g. cooperation in education or developing new solutions to local needs in the global south.
Saalasti is an expert in the manufacture of innovative heavy-duty bioenergy machinery. It has prior experience of working in Southern Africa, Asia and South America.
Salo Solar specializes in solar panels and solar collectors. Potentially, they could partner with NGOs to provide electricity to remote areas in the global south. They have prior experience from Asia and Africa.
Sampo Rosenlew is a large company that produces forestry machinery and combine harvesters. Collaboration with NGOs could focus on e.g. codeveloping agricultural training or solutions in the global south.
Seppo is a gamification platform for the education and corporate sectors. With Seppo you can turn any learning material into a game. It has prior experience of working in Finland with WWF, Youth Academy, the Red Cross, and multiple local scout groups. It has also experience of working in the Gulf region, for example, with The International Fund for Houbara Conservation and in many countries in Latin America, especially in Brazil and Colombia. Seppo can be used in Finnish, Swedish, English, German, Dutch, Arabic, Portuguese, Hungarian, Spanish and Norwegian.
Contact: Riku Alkio, firstname.lastname@example.org
SIILI is a large digitalization consultant. The company has been involved with Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS2) in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Tanzania and South-Africa. Collaboration could include, for instance, creating trainings or developing hubs.
Skhole Oy provides healthcare online courses for professionals, learning management system and content production. NGOs could create health-related training with the company or utilize their learning platform for training purposes.
Contact: Tuomas Lipponen, email@example.com
or (+358) 45 177 4826
Solar Fire Concentration
Solar Fire Concentration produces solar-powered ovens. The company has experience from several countries in the global south and has cooperated with Plan International and World Vision among others. Collaboration could be utilization of existing products, development of new types of products or educational cooperation.
Solar Water Solutions
Solar Water Solutions’ one-of-a-kind technology turns seawater and contaminated well water into drinking water powered by 100% solar – enabling the most energy-efficient solution to make safe water in remote areas. The company has experience from Kenya and Namibia, and it has previously partnered with i.a. World Vision. Solar Water Solutions products provide access to clean and affordable drinking water already for up to 10,000 people every day in off-the-grid communities.
Contact: Anna Pohjola, firstname.lastname@example.org
Suomen Paikkatietokonsultit is a consulting company focusing on geospatial solutions. It has experience of working in Vietnam and also in Africa. Collaboration with NGOs could be co-development of geospatial solutions.
Super Eclectic is a multimedia production team that collaborates with socially-engaged initiatives to communicate their ideas. We use words, graphics, sound, and moving images to create narratives and experiences across multiple digital and analog platforms. Super Eclectic collaborates with NGOs, cultural institutions, non-profits, associations, people in the arts, publishing, education, and everything in-between.
Contact: Agnieszka Pokrywka, email@example.com
SW Energia provides various solar power solutions. The company is actively targeting the African market and is active in Kenya, Gambia and Somaliland. Collaboration with NGOs could include e.g. implementing off-grid electrification.
Tespack designs and builds mobile energy-storage solutions. They have created the Solar Media Packpack that provides access to audio-visual education and humanitarian assistance in rural regions. With the Solar Media Backpack, any room can be turned into a full equipped classroom. They are looking for partners who focus on education, humanitarian assistance, and emergency relief and who are in need for innovative solutions that can provide the needed access to electricity. They have previously collaborated e.g. with Plan International, Save the Children and UNHCR. Currently, they are operating in Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, Laos and Ethiopia but are interested to operate in more countries in Africa and South America.
Contact: Caritta Seppä, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vakava Technologies provides tools for maintaining cold chains of e.g. agricultural products or medical supplies without external power sources. The company has an office in Nairobi, Kenya. Collaboration with NGOs could include developing local solutions or producing trainings on cold chains with the help of technology.
Valmet is a global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. It has previously cooperated with the Finnish Children and Youth Foundation. Collaboration could include developing sustainable supply chains, responsible solutions and community education.
Watrec is an environmental engineering company, specialized in waste-to-energy solutions. Collaboration with NGOs could be e.g. environmental impact assessment or developing new solutions to fit the local needs in the global south.
Work Ahead provides a video-based survey application to help companies to ensure the sustainability and responsibility of their suppliers. The anonymous application also allows organizations to hear directly from workers in their international supply chains or partners. The company has experience of working in multiple countries in the global south. NGOs could take advantage of the service directly or develop and implement it for a specific need.