SMC - Faith in development is an umbrella organisation for churches and organisations who believe in      human rights and work for dignitiy for all. Our network contributes to building peaceful, equal, and          sustainable societies.

    This course is for you who want an introduction to SMC - Faith in development. 


  • Learn more about the origin of SMC

    The Swedish Mission Council (SMC) was established in 1912 after the World Mission Conference in Edinburgh in 1910. Its mission has been to bring together churches and faith-based organizations in Sweden to develop, coordinate, and reflect on mission work, both in theory and practice. Despite societal changes, SMC remains an ecumenical meeting place for mission and international development cooperation.

    Over a century later, SMC consists of around 30 member organizations from various Christian traditions. Today some focus on missionary work with a long history, while others prioritize development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

    SMC’s member organisations and their partners are independent organisations with their own long-term strategies based on mission and development cooperation. However, as part of the SMC network, all contribute as well to fulfilling the SMC vision. 

    SMC's global network spans over 50 countries and we maintain long-term collaborations and strong connections with civil society and partners, advocating for indigenous rights, human rights, and environmental protection.

    SMC also receives aid funds from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which it distributes to several member organizations for their work with local partners worldwide. In 2022, approximately 230 million SEK was allocated for long-term development cooperation and humanitarian crises.

  • Wrap up and summary

    Well done for getting to the end of the course!

    You should have now a better understanding of:
    • what is the SMC network
    • how SMC, members and partners work together
    • What are SMC´s identity, vision and the change we believe in 
    • What are SMC's 3 strategic roles and 3 focus thematic areas 2022-2026
    Here you can assess if you got the key messages right and make a summary. Upon completion of this final activity, you will also be awarded your certificate.



    The short feedback survey is set to anonymous by default. The feedback is mandatory to complete the site and download your certificate.

  • Photo credits

    1. "Colored cube" by Izla Bethdavid Boltena
    2. "Medlemsdagar 2020" by (Fotograf medlemsdagar 2020)
    3. "Project visit in Kenya 2020" by Job Mainye
    4. "Women at the well" by Izla Bethdavid Boltena
    5. "Community empowerment" by Izla Bethdavid Boltena
    6. "Inside the SMC secretariat" Matilda Pearson
    7. "Resilience Workshop in Kenya" by Job Mainye
    8. "Rosa and Mary, Philippines" by Unfiltered Communications
    9. "Megaphone" by Juliana Romau
    10. "Environment, Climate and Resilience" by Falaq Lazuardi
    11. "Faith and Democracy" by Izla Bethdavid Boltena
    12. "Mary Ghitiomi, Kenya" by Matilda Pearson


    Illustrations of SMC's strategic roles and thematic areas by Majsan Sundell.